Kassel Hauptbahnhof

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Kassel Hauptbahnhof
Deutsche Bahn
Hbf
Kassel Hauptbahnhof total.JPG
Building of the station
LocationBahnhhofsplatz
Mitte, Kassel, Hesse
Germany
Coordinates51°19′5″N 9°29′24″E / 51.31806°N 9.49000°E / 51.31806; 9.49000Coordinates: 51°19′5″N 9°29′24″E / 51.31806°N 9.49000°E / 51.31806; 9.49000
Owned byDB Netz
Operated byDB Station&Service
Line(s)
Platforms13
Other information
Station code3124
DS100 codeFK
Category2 [1]
Websitewww.bahnhof.de
History
Opened1856
Services
Preceding station   Cantus Verkehrsgesellschaft   Following station
TerminusRB 5
Bebra–Fulda railway
Frederick William Northern Railway
toward Fulda
TerminusRB 8
toward Göttingen
Preceding station   DB Regio Mitte   Following station
TerminusRE 30
Main-Weser Railway
Preceding station   Hessische Landesbahn   Following station
TerminusRE 98
Main-Sieg-Express
Preceding station   Kurhessenbahn   Following station
RB 39Terminus
Preceding station   RegioTram Gesellschaft   Following station
Kassel RegioTram 1
toward Wolfhagen
Kassel RegioTram 4
toward Melsungen
Kassel RegioTram 5
Location
Kassel Hauptbahnhof is located in Hesse
Kassel Hauptbahnhof
Kassel Hauptbahnhof
Location within Hesse

Kassel Hauptbahnhof is a Deutsche Bahn railway station in the city of Kassel, in the German state of Hesse. Situated in the central borough of Mitte, it is the city's second important railway station after the opening of Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe in 1991; and so it is the only Hauptbahnhof that is not the main station of its city.

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

Construction of the station building, projected by Gottlob Engelhard, started in a period between 1851 and 1856.[2] The style of the original building, bombed during World War II, was romantic neoclassical. The reconstruction, started in 1952, was completed in 1960 by the architect Friedrich Bätjer with the style of 1950s maintaining some original elements.

Recent history[edit]

When the Deutsche Bundesbahn began constructing the Hanover–Würzburg high-speed railway, Kassel originally was not supposed to have a station on the line at all. When it was decided to connect the city, Kassel posed a unique problem, Kassel was a terminal station. Options were discussed, among them the remodeling of Kassel's main station and the construction of an entirely new station. On 13 November 1981 construction of the high speed rail line started on Hesse territory, and it was decided to erect the new main station in the Kassel borough of Bad Wilhelmshöhe, opened on May 29, 1991.

In 1995 [3] the station was thoroughly renovated and conceived (so far uniquely) as a Kulturbahnhof[4] (cultural station). Thus emerged – in addition to art galleries, an architecture center and restaurants – an exhibition space for comic arts, the Caricatura museum [5] and two repertory cinemas.

Train services[edit]

The following services currently call at the station:[6]

  • Regional services RE 30 Kassel - Wabern - Treysa - Marburg - Gießen - Frankfurt
  • Local services RB 5 Fuldatalbahn Kassel - Melsungen - Bebra - Fulda
  • Local services RB 8 Göttingen - Eichenberg - Kassel
  • Tram-train services RT 1 Hofgeismar-Hümme - Kassel - City Centre - Hollandische Straße
  • Tram-train services RT 4 Wolfhagen - Zierenberg - Kassel - City Centre - Hollandische Straße
  • Tram-train services RT 5 Melsungen - Kassel - City Centre - Auestadion

Structure and transport[edit]

Kassel Hauptbahnhof is a terminal station with 8 tracks[7] and other 3 in the tunnel station for the RegioTram [8] (a sort of Stadtbahn). The station is served by several lines of the tramway net, RegioTram and buses.

Due to its central position in the city it is a busy station, terminal of several regional DB lines:

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stationspreisliste 2019" [Station price list 2019] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 17 July 2018. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  2. ^ (in German) History of the Hauptbahnhof on kassel.de
  3. ^ (in German) Article about the decennial of Kulturbahnhof
  4. ^ (in German) Infos about Kulturbahnhof Kassel
  5. ^ (in German) Caricatura official site
  6. ^ Timetables for Kassel Hbf station (in German)
  7. ^ (in German) Station plan of Kassel Hauptbahnhof (PDF)
  8. ^ (in German) Official site of RegioTram

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