Berlin Südkreuz

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Berlin Südkreuz
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Berlin Südkreuz
Location General-Pape-Straße, 10829, Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Berlin
Coordinates 52°28′32″N 13°21′52″E / 52.47556°N 13.36444°E / 52.47556; 13.36444Coordinates: 52°28′32″N 13°21′52″E / 52.47556°N 13.36444°E / 52.47556; 13.36444
Other information
Station code 4859
DS100 code
  • BSKR (S-Bahn, upper)
  • BPAF (long-distance, lower)
  • BSKV (S-Bahn, lower)[1]
  • 8011113 (long-distance)
  • 8089073 (S-Bahn)
Category 1[2]
Opened 1898
Previous names Berlin Papestraße (1898-2006)
Key dates
1990s–2006 Rebuilt as Südkreuz
Construction works in 2005

Berlin Südkreuz (in English, literally: Berlin South Cross) is a railway station in the German capital Berlin. The station was originally opened in 1898 and is an interchange station. The Berlin Ringbahn line of the Berlin S-Bahn metro railway is situated on the upper level and connects to the east and west, whilst the Anhalter Bahn and Dresdner Bahn intercity railway routes reach the station on the lower, north-south level. The station was extensively rebuilt between the late 1990s and 2006, and was renamed Berlin Südkreuz on 28 May 2006.


The station's original name (Berlin Papestraße) originates from the nearby General-Pape-Straße, which is named after the Prussian general Alexander August Wilhelm von Pape. The Ringbahn platform opened as an island platform on 1 December 1901.[3]

The original Papestrasse station building, constructed from 1898-1901 was demolished, although a corner of the building, incorporating a clock tower, has been preserved as part of the new station.[4]

Becoming Südkreuz[edit]

The station played a vital part in Deutsche Bahn's new concept for long-distance services in Berlin; it was deemed necessary to have a long-distance station in southern Berlin for the new north-south axis, so it was decided to rebuild Papestraße and rename the station to Südkreuz, giving the station a more intuitive name like the Ostkreuz (East Cross) and Westkreuz (West Cross) stations on the Berlin Stadtbahn. Construction, however, was severely delayed due to unexpected difficulties and NIMBY complaints of residents living near the long-disused north-south lines. Instead of opening in 2000 as scheduled, the station only opened on 28 May 2006, together with the new Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Berlin Main Station) in the center of Berlin. It is now used as a terminal station for ICE trains to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof, and sees a number of north-south services heading to and from Leipzig Hauptbahnhof, plus EuroCity services to the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia via Dresden Hauptbahnhof.

Facial recognition trial[edit]

During 2017 Germany’s Ministry of the Interior announced a pilot project to employ facial recognition technology at Berlin Südkreuz station. The six-month trial will overlay facial recognition software over the station’s existing video surveillance system and will track a database of volunteers. The project is being jointly undertaken by the Ministry of the Interior, the Federal Police, the Federal Criminal Police Office and Deutsche Bahn. Announcing the pilot, the ministry said the technology would be able to detect people in need of help, as well as suspicious behaviour, and report it automatically. [5]

Train services[edit]

The station is serves by the following service(s):[6]

  • Intercity Express services (ICE 28) (Stralsund - Eberswalde -) Berlin - Halle - Jena - Nuremberg - Munich
  • Intercity Express services (ICE 28) Hamburg - Berlin – Leipzig - Jena - Nürnberg - Munich (- Innsbruck)
  • Intercity services (EC 27) Binz - Stralsund - Eberswalde - Berlin - Dresden - Prague
  • Intercity services (EC 27) Hamburg - Berlin - Dresden - Prague - Brno - Bratislava - Budapest
  • Intercity services (IC 28) Berlin – Leipzig - Saalfeld - Nürnberg - Augsburg - Munich
  • Intercity services (IC 50) Binz - Stralsund - Eberswalde - Berlin - Halle - Erfurt - Fulda - Frankfurt
  • Regional services RE 3 Stralsund - Greifswald - Pasewalk - Angermünde - Berlin - Ludwigsfelde - Jüterbog - Falkenberg - Elsterwerda
  • Regional services RE 3 Schwedt - Angermünde - Berlin - Ludwigsfelde - Jüterbog - Lutherstadt Wittenberg
  • Regional services RE 4 Rathenow - Wustermark - Berlin - Ludwigsfelde - Jüterbog
  • Regional services RE 5 Rostock - Neustrelitz - Berlin - Jüterbog - Lutherstadt Wittenberg
  • Regional services RE 5 Stralsund - Neustrelitz - Berlin - Jüterbog - Falkenberg
  • Local services RB 10 Nauen – Falkensee – Berlin
  • Berlin S-Bahn services Berlin S2.svg Bernau - Karow - Pankow - Gesundbrunnen - Friedrichstraße - Potsdamer Platz - Sudkreuz - Blankenfelde
  • Berlin S-Bahn services Berlin S25.svg Hennigsdorf - Tegel - Gesundbrunnen - Friedrichstraße - Potsdamer Platz - Sudkreuz - Lichterfelde - Teltow
  • Berlin S-Bahn services Berlin S41.svg (Ring Clockwise) Südkreuz - Innsbrucker Platz - Westkreuz - Westend - Jungfernheide - Gesundbrunnen - Ostkreuz - Treptower Park - Hermannstraße - Südkreuz
  • Berlin S-Bahn services Berlin S42.svg (Ring Anti-clockwise) Südkreuz - Hermannstraße - Treptower Park - Ostkreuz - Gesundbrunnen - Jungfernheide - Westend - Westkreuz - Innsbrucker Platz - Südkreuz
  • Berlin S-Bahn services Berlin S45.svg (Bundesplatz - Innsbrucker Platz -) Südkreuz - Neukölln - Schöneweide - Berlin-Schönefeld Airport
  • Berlin S-Bahn services Berlin S46.svg Westend - Westkreuz - Innsbrucker Platz - Südkreuz - Neukölln - Schöneweide - Grünau - Königs Wusterhausen
Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
ICE 15
towards Stralsund Hbf
ICE 28
towards Munich Hbf
towards Hamburg or Berlin
ICE 28
towards Munich Hbf
toward Budapest
toward Prague
IC 50
toward Stralsund or Schwedt
RE 3
toward Rostock or Stralsund
RE 5
toward Nauen
RB 10 Terminus
Preceding station   Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn   Following station
toward Rathenow
RE 4
toward Jüterbog
Preceding station   Berlin S-Bahn   Following station
toward Blankenfelde
toward Bernau
toward Teltow Stadt
toward Hennigsdorf
One-way operation
toward Ringbahn (clockwise)
One-way operation
toward Ringbahn (counter-clockwise)
toward Westend


  1. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland (German railway atlas) (2009/2010 ed.). Schweers + Wall. 2009. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0. 
  2. ^ "Stationspreisliste 2017" [Station price list 2017] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Kuhlmann, B. Bahnknoten Berlin - Die Entwicklung des Berliner Eisenbahnnetzes seit 1838. Berlin, Verlag GVE, 2006.
  4. ^ Preuss, E. Berlin Hauptbahnhof. Stuttgart, Transpress, 2006.
  5. ^ Facial recognition technology to be trialled at Berlin railway station
  6. ^ Timetables for Berlin Südkreuz station (in German)

External links[edit]

Media related to Berlin Südkreuz station at Wikimedia Commons