Hildesheim Hauptbahnhof

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Hildesheim Hauptbahnhof
Deutsche Bahn S-Bahn-Logo.svg
Through station
Hildesheim Hbf 2016.jpg
Station forecourt in August 2016
LocationBahnhofsplatz 1, Hildesheim, Lower Saxony
Coordinates52°9′38″N 9°57′14″E / 52.16056°N 9.95389°E / 52.16056; 9.95389Coordinates: 52°9′38″N 9°57′14″E / 52.16056°N 9.95389°E / 52.16056; 9.95389
Elevation87 m (285 ft)
Owned byDeutsche Bahn
Operated by
Other information
Station code2765[1]
DS100 codeHHI[2]
Fare zone
  • ROSA: 100 (ROSA tickets accepted on RB79)[3]
  • GVH: D (ROSA transitional tariff, monthly passes only)[4]
Opened1846 (first station)
1884 (second station)
1961 (current station building)
Preceding station   DB Fernverkehr   Following station
ICE 12
ICE 13
Preceding station Erixx Following station
towards Hannover Hbf
Hildesheim Ost
towards Bad Harzburg
Preceding station Metronom Following station
Terminus Hoheneggelsen
Preceding station NordWestBahn Following station
Emmerke Terminus
Terminus Hildesheim Ost
towards Bodenburg
Preceding station Hanover S-Bahn Following station
towards Hannover Hbf
S 3 Terminus
towards Bennemühlen
S 4
Hildesheim Hauptbahnhof is located in Lower Saxony
Hildesheim Hauptbahnhof
Hildesheim Hauptbahnhof
Location within Lower Saxony
Hildesheim Hauptbahnhof is located in Germany
Hildesheim Hauptbahnhof
Hildesheim Hauptbahnhof
Location within Europe
Hildesheim Hauptbahnhof is located in Europe
Hildesheim Hauptbahnhof
Hildesheim Hauptbahnhof
Hildesheim Hauptbahnhof (Europe)

Hildesheim Hauptbahnhof (German for Hildesheim Central Station) is the main railway station for the city of Hildesheim in Lower Saxony, Germany. The station opened in 1961 and is located on the Lehrte–Nordstemmen, Hildesheim–Brunswick and Hildesheim–Goslar railway. The train services are operated by DB Fernverkehr, Erixx, Metronom and NordWestBahn.


The first Hildesheim station was opened by the Royal Hanoverian State Railways as the terminus of the Lehrte–Nordstemmen line—the southern arm of its Cross railway—on 12 July 1846 to the north of the present Kaiserstraße, near the current Bahnhofsallee. After the opening of the Hanoverian Southern Railway the Cross railway was extended on 15 September 1853 to Nordstemmen Station on the Southern Railway. The reception building of the first Hildesheim railway station was a half-timbered building with a slate roof.[5]

The Hanover-Altenbeken Railway Company (German: Hannover-Altenbekener Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft, HAE) was planning to build a rail line from Löhne to Vienenburg, through Hildesheim. Since it became insolvent before the completion of the line, Magdeburg-Halberstädt Railway Company (German: Magdeburg-Halberstädter Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft, MHE) took over the construction of the line as well as the management of the HAE. It opened the line from Hildesheim to Vienenburg on 19 May 1875 and on 1 May 1883 the Brunswick Railway (German: Braunschweigischen Eisenbahn) opened a branch to Goslar, now part of the Hildesheim–Goslar line.

For the additional traffic the HAE built a second track from Nordstemmen to Hildesheim, but at first it had to build a temporary station, the current Hildesheim Ost station, because it was not allowed to use the existing station. Only after the nationalisation of the HAE and its parent the MHE did trains begin to stop at the main railway station on 20 May 1880.

Even without the additional traffic the original station was already too small, and so, after long negotiations with the city it was agreed to build a new station further north. On 4 May 1884,[5] the new station was opened to a design by Hubert Stier in a neo-renaissance style. The old station building was taken apart and rebuilt as Dissen-Bad Rothenfelde station, which still stands. In 1888, the single-track line to Brunswick was opened for long-distance trains running east to Magdeburg and Berlin.

Although the station building was only slightly damaged in the bombing of Hildesheim on 22 March 1945, it was demolished in 1959. In 1961 the station received a new station building in the functional style of the time. The buildings on its island platform were then removed.

The Nordstemmen–Lehrte line was electrified on 29 May 1965 and the line to Brunswick has been worked by electric trains since 30 May 1976. The Hanover–Würzburg high-speed line was connected to Hildesheim by the Hildesheim loop in 1991. Since December 2008, Hildesheim Hauptbahnhof is located on the network of the Hanover S-Bahn. S-Bahn trains leave every hour for Hannover Hauptbahnhof via both Barnten and Sarstedt (S4) and Lehrte (S3). In preparation the platforms of tracks 4/5 and 6/7 were completely renovated in 2008.

The lobby of the Train station was renovated from 2013 to 2016. The original completion was mid 2015, but the renovation caused many problems and was moved to mid 2016.

Train services[edit]

The station is served by the following services:


Line Route Frequency
ICE 11 Berlin – Hildesheim – Göttingen – Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe – WürzburgMunich One train on week nights
ICE 12 Berlin Ostbahnhof – Hildesheim – Göttingen – Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe – Frankfurt (Main) – Mannheim – Freiburg – Basel (– Interlaken) Every two hours
ICE 13 Berlin OstbahnhofBraunschweigHildesheimKassel-WilhelmshöheFrankfurt SüdFrankfurt Airport Every two hours


Line Route Interval (min) Operator
RE 10 Hannover – Hildesheim – Salzgitter-Ringelheim – Goslar – Bad Harzburg 060 erixx
RE 50 Hildesheim – Braunschweig – Wolfsburg 060 metronom
RB 77 Hildesheim – Hamelin – Löhne – Bünde 060 NordWestBahn
RB 79 Hildesheim – Bad Salzdetfurth – Bodenburg 060 NordWestBahn


Since December 2008, Hildesheim Hauptbahnhof has been connected to the Hannover S-Bahn. Hourly S-Bahn trains run to Hannover Hauptbahnhof both via Barnten and Sarstedt (S4) and via Lehrte (S3). The platforms of tracks 4/5 and 6/7 were completely rebuilt in 2008 in preparation.

Line Route Interval (min)
S 3 Hildesheim – Sehnde – Lehrte – Hannover 060
S 4 Hildesheim – Sarstedt – Hannover Messe/Laatzen – Hannover – Langenhagen – Bennemühlen 060



  1. ^ a b "Stationspreisliste 2021" [Station price list 2021] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 16 November 2020. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
  2. ^ Railway Atlas 2017, p. 209.
  3. ^ "Verbundgebiet" (PDF). ROSA Tarifverbund. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Regionalzug und S-Bahn" (PDF). Großraum-Verkehr Hannover. December 2020. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Die Eisenbahn in Hildesheim, Der Hauptbahnhof Hildesheim" (in German). www.larsbrueggemann.de. Retrieved 5 May 2010.


  • Bahls, Michael (2006). Die Hannover-Altenbekener Eisenbahn (The Hanover Altenbeken Railway) (in German). Nordhorn: Kenning. pp. 207–218. ISBN 3-927587-77-X.
  • Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland [German railway atlas]. Schweers + Wall. 2017. ISBN 978-3-89494-146-8.