Dessau Hauptbahnhof

Coordinates: 51°50′24″N 12°14′6″E / 51.84000°N 12.23500°E / 51.84000; 12.23500
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Dessau Hauptbahnhof
Deutsche Bahn
Through station
Entrance hall of station (2022)
General information
LocationFritz-Hesse-Str. 47, Dessau-Roßlau, Saxony-Anhalt
Coordinates51°50′24″N 12°14′6″E / 51.84000°N 12.23500°E / 51.84000; 12.23500
Owned byDeutsche Bahn
Operated byDB Station&Service
Platforms6 + 1 side platform (DWE)
Train operatorsAbellio Rail Mitteldeutschland
DB Regio Nordost
DB Regio Südost
Dessau-Wörlitzer Eisenbahn
S-Bahn Mitteldeutschland
Architectural styleBauhaus
Other information
Station code1173[1]
DS100 codeLD[2]
Fare zoneMDV: 270 (rail only)[3]
Opened1 September 1840; 183 years ago (1840-09-01)
9 June 1958; 65 years ago (1958-06-09)
Preceding station Abellio Rail Mitteldeutschland Following station
towards Aschersleben
RB 50 Terminus
Preceding station DB Regio Nordost Following station
Terminus RE 7 Roßlau (Elbe)
towards Senftenberg
Preceding station DB Regio Südost Following station
Roßlau (Elbe) RE 13 Wolfen
towards Leipzig Hbf
Terminus RE 14 Roßlau (Elbe)
RB 51 Roßlau (Elbe)
Preceding station Dessau-Wörlitzer Eisenbahn Following station
Terminus Dessau–Wörlitz Dessau-Waldersee
towards Wörlitz
Preceding station S-Bahn Mitteldeutschland Following station
Terminus S 2 Dessau Süd
Dessau Süd S 8 Terminus
Dessau Hauptbahnhof is located in Saxony-Anhalt
Dessau Hauptbahnhof
Dessau Hauptbahnhof
Location within Saxony-Anhalt
Dessau Hauptbahnhof is located in Germany
Dessau Hauptbahnhof
Dessau Hauptbahnhof
Location within Germany
Dessau Hauptbahnhof is located in Europe
Dessau Hauptbahnhof
Dessau Hauptbahnhof
Location within Europe

Dessau Hauptbahnhof is the main passenger station in the city of Dessau-Roßlau in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt.


The station is located to the south of the Elbe and to the west of central Dessau. It is a through station, orientated from the north-east to the south-west. Located on its south-eastern frontage is a stop for Dessau trams and buses operated by Dessauer Verkehrsgesellschaft, the city’s public transport operator.


1945 (above), 1959 (below)

Dessau had an important role in rail transport from the early days of railways in Germany because of the crossing over the Elbe to its north. The first railway was opened on 1 September 1840 by the Berlin-Anhalt Railway Company. As early as 1911 the line to Bitterfeld was electrified experimentally. Because of the location of several industrial enterprises in the region, such as the Junkers aircraft factory, the railway was very important for rail freight.

In World War II, the station building was destroyed in an air raid on 7 March 1945 and was rebuilt up to 1952.

While the station was formerly a stop for InterRegio and Intercity trains, it is now almost exclusively served by regional transport as Dessau is not located on the busy Berlin–Halle and Magdeburg–Halle–Leipzig lines.

Between 2008 and 2011 a comprehensive renovation was carried out in the Roßlau/Dessau railway transport hub, including a major renovation of the track and overhead line equipment. The track plan of the station has been simplified, so that a speed of 160 km/h is now possible. On 5 December 2010, an electronic interlocking was brought into operation in Dessau.[6]

On 13 December 2015, Dessau became a station on the network of the S-Bahn Mitteldeutschland, which connects it with Leipzig.


The station is used only by regional traffic. There have been no regular long-distance services since the opening of Berlin Hauptbahnhof in 2006. The Dessau-Wörlitz Railway is now a tourist railway and only operates during the summer season. The following services served the station in 2019, including IC services temporarily diverted from the Magdeburg–Halle line.

Line Route Interval Operator
ICE 56 OldenburgBremenHannoverMagdeburgDessauLeipzigDresden Some trains DB Fernverkehr
IC 51 Berlin OstbahnhofBerlinPotsdamDessauHalle (Saale)LeipzigWeimarErfurtFrankfurt Some trains
IC 55 DresdenLeipzigBitterfeldDessauMagdeburgBraunschweigHannoverBielefeldDortmundCologne Some trains
IC 56 Leipzig – Halle – Bitterfeld – Dessau – Magdeburg – Braunschweig – Hannover – BremenOldenburgEmden Some trains
RE 3 BerlinLudwigsfeldeLutherstadt WittenbergDessauBitterfeldHalle (Saale) Some trains DB Regio Nordost
RE 7 DessauBad BelzigMichendorfBerlinRangsdorf – Wünsdorf-Waldstadt – LübbenauSenftenberg 060 (Mon–Fri)
120 (Sat–Sun)
RE 13 Magdeburg – Zerbst – Dessau – Bitterfeld – Delitzsch – Leipzig 060 DB Regio Südost
RE 14 Magdeburg – Zerbst – DessauLutherstadt WittenbergFalkenberg (Elster) Some trains
RB 50 DessauKöthenBernburgGüstenAschersleben 060 (Dessau–Güsten)
120 (Güsten–Aschersleben)
RB 51 Dessau – Roßlau – Coswig – Lutherstadt Wittenberg 060 DB Regio Südost
S 2 Dessau – Bitterfeld – Delitzsch – Leipzig – Leipzig-Connewitz – Leipzig-Stötteritz 120
S 8 Dessau – Wolfen – Bitterfeld – Landsberg – Halle 120
DVE Dessau – Oranienbaum – Wörlitz 090 (operates March–October) DVE

In public transport the station is served by two tram and six bus routes. In addition all night bus routes start here.


  1. ^ a b "Stationspreisliste 2024" [Station price list 2024] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 24 April 2023. Retrieved 29 November 2023.
  2. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland (German railway atlas) (2009/2010 ed.). Schweers + Wall. 2009. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0.
  3. ^ "Tarifzonenplan" (PDF). Mitteldeutscher Verkehrsverbund. 1 August 2021. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  4. ^ Since 1915 catenaries were dismantled to recover copper for war production.
  5. ^ From 1946 catenaries and overhead line masts were dismantled as Soviet war reparations.
  6. ^ DB ProjektBau GmbH (2010). Infrastrukturprojekte 2010. Bauen bei der Deutschen Bahn (in German). Hamburg: Eurailpress. pp. 68–81. ISBN 978-3-7771-0414-0.


  • Bley, Peter (1990). 150 Jahre Berlin-Anhaltische Eisenbahn (150 years of the Berlin-Anhalt railway) (in German). Düsseldorf: alba. ISBN 3-87094-340-8.