Eisenach station

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Through station
Hbf Eisenach.JPG
Location Eisenach, Thuringia
Coordinates 50°58′35″N 10°19′53″E / 50.97639°N 10.33139°E / 50.97639; 10.33139Coordinates: 50°58′35″N 10°19′53″E / 50.97639°N 10.33139°E / 50.97639; 10.33139
Platforms 6
Other information
Station code 1528[1]
DS100 code UEI[2]
IBNR 8010097
Category 3[1]
Opened 1846/1900
Passengers 5000
Fürstenbahnhof (station for the aristocracy)
Stained glass representation of the Ruhla watch factory in the station entrance hall
Stained glass representation of the Eisenach car factory in the entrance hall

Eisenach Station is the main station of the city of Eisenach in the German state of Thuringia. It is a transportation hub, located on the Thuringian Railway (Berlin/Dresden–) HalleBebra (–Frankfurt am Main) and at the Werra Railway (Eisenach–MeiningenEisfeld).

Eisenach station is classified by Deutsche Bahn as a category 3 station.


Facilities available at the station are a flower shop, a shop for food and travel supplies as well as a bookshop. In addition, in 2009, a Subway opened in the former waiting room. The station has facilities for the disabled, including a lift to all platforms. Deutsche Bahn has a service point (open 6:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.) and a travel centre with tourist information. There is a taxi rank directly outside the station. A car rental agency is nearby.



The construction of the Thuringian Railway was agreed to under a treaty signed on 20 December 1841 between the Kingdom of Prussia, the Grand Duchy of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach and the Duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. At the same time planning had started on a line from Eisenach to Meiningen. The Erfurt–Eisenach section opened on 24 June 1847. The first Eisenach station was built at ground level in 1846–1847 and opened as an interim terminal station on the GothaFröttstädtWutha–Eisenach section on 24 June 1847. The line was continued west two years later on 18 August 1849, with the section to Hörschel, now a suburb of Eisenach opened for excursion traffic. The line was connected to Gerstungen on 25 September 1849, closing the gap with the Hessian Frederick William Northern Railway.

From 1856 Eisenach developed into a railway junction with the opening of the Werra Railway on 2 November 1858. Already the Thuringian railway had been duplicated between Eisenach and Apolda. Eisenach station was expanded between 1859 and 1861 and again in 1885. In 1882 and 1895 the railway companies serving the station were acquired as Prussian state railways. On 1 August 1897, Eisenach tramways began operating from the station forecourt.


In 1900 a major renovation began on the railway facilities: The railway line in the city area was raised by three to four metres and the station building was rebuilt. Also, the goods yard was rebuilt with a hump. On 12 April 1904 the rebuilt station building was opened, along with a post office.

Between 1922 and 1926 this work was followed by the construction of a railway depot in the eastern part of the goods yard along with a roundhouse. By 1928 the reception building was again too small, and an extension was built for the ticket office. Various works were built, including a facility for train supervision and a large yard for general freight. A modern electro-mechanical signal box and new signalling with an Indusi train detection system were installed.

Routes / lines[edit]

Long distance[edit]

Line Route Operator Frequency Railway
ICE 50 WiesbadenFrankfurt am Main–Eisenach–ErfurtWeimarLeipzigDresden/Berlin Deutsche Bahn 120 minutes Thuringian Railway
IC 50 Frankfurt am Main–Eisenach–Erfurt–Weimar–Leipzig Deutsche Bahn ca. 120 minutes Thuringian Railway
IC 51 DüsseldorfDortmundKassel-Wilhelmshöhe–Eisenach–Erfurt–Weimar–Halle/Saale–Berlin–Stralsund(–Binz) Deutsche Bahn ca. 240 minutes Thuringian Railway
D Fulda–Eisenach–Leipzig–Dresden–Bad SchandauDěčínPrague Deutsche Bahn One per day Thuringian Railway

Regional Transport[edit]

Line KBS Route Operator Frequency Railway
R6 605 Eisenach–HerleshausenGerstungenWildeckBebra Cantus Verkehrsgesellschaft 60 min/120 min Thuringian Railway
RB20 605/580 Eisenach–GothaErfurtWeimarApoldaNaumburgHalle/Saale/–Leipzig DB Regio VB Thüringen 60 min Thuringian Railway
RB22A 605 Eisenach–Gotha–Erfurt DB Regio VB Thüringen Peak hour services Thuringian Railway
STB1 575/569 Eisenach–Bad SalzungenMeiningen(–SuhlArnstadt–Erfurt)–EisfeldSonneberg Süd.Thüringen.Bahn 60 min Werra Railway


The station has six platform tracks, four of which are for long distance operations. Between tracks two and three there is an access track to the freight depot. In addition, the station has extensive trackage for parking regional and long distance trains.

East of the passenger station is the goods yard. Freight trains are reconstituted here to run on the Werra line or to various points in the region or in the opposite direction.

East of the freight station is the Eisenach depot and the former workshop. The facilities were closed by Deutsche Bahn in 2001 and sold. The entire area was bought in 2004 by the Uwe Adam Railway Company Ltd (Uwe Adam Eisenbahnverkehrsunternehmen GmbH) for its headquarters.


  1. ^ a b "Stationspreisliste 2016" [Station price list 2016] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 1 December 2015. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland (German railway atlas) (2009/2010 ed.). Schweers + Wall. 2009. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0. 
  • Bergmann, Gerd (1997). Eisenacher Eisenbahngeschichte: 150 Jahre Eisenbahn in Eisenach (in German). Eisenach: Eisenacher Geschichtsverein e. V.,. ISBN 3-9803976-3-7. 
  • Thielmann, Georg (2004). Eisenbahnknoten Eisenach im Wandel der Zeit (in German). Wachsenburgverlag. ISBN 3-935795-91-2. 
  • Meyer, Otto; Brunner, Reinhold (2004). Der Bahnhof Eisenach – Denkmal der Verkehrsgeschichte (in German). NVS GmbH. 
  • Eisenbahnkurier (in German). 9 Eisenbahnkurier – Interzonenstrecke Bebra-Eisenach. 1996.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

External links[edit]

Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
ICE 50
towards Dresden Hbf
ICE 50
towards Dresden Hbf
IC 50
Terminus RB 20