Naturkundemuseum (Berlin U-Bahn)

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Platform of Zinnowitzer Straße

Naturkundemuseum, formerly Zinnowitzer Straße, is a Berlin U-Bahn station located on the U6 in the district Mitte.

History[edit]

The station was opened on 30 January 1923 as Stettiner Bahnhof after the then nearby long-distance station Stettiner Bahnhof. It is located 4.6 meters below Chausseestraße at the intersection of Chausseestraße and Invalidenstraße. It was built in 1913–14 and modified after 1919 by Alfred Grenander and Alfred Fehse, following the plans of Heinrich Jennen. Both developed a white station with a central platform; the station signs bore a yellow border. The BVG uses the abbreviation Zw for the station.[1] The station has disabled access via a lift ascending to Invalidenstraße.

New design of the Naturkundemuseum station

From April to July 1945 the station was closed because of war damage. In 1951 it was renamed Nordbahnhof ("North Station"), since the nearby Stettiner Bahnhof was no longer called by its original name for political reasons. From 13 August 1961 to 1 July 1990 the station was closed completely.[2] Following renovation work in the 1990s, for example the BVG built a lift and extended the platform to 100 m, the station became a protected building.

After 1991 the station was renamed Zinnowitzer Straße after a small street at the northern exit of the station. Since this name was largely meaningless, various passengers groups and politicians suggested in 2007 that the station be renamed either Museum für Naturkunde or Naturkundemuseum after the well-known nearby Museum für Naturkunde . After long discussions a renaming was announced,[3] but then delayed. From 30 December 2008 the Berlin firm WALL AG, in anticipation of the renaming, made seven decorative advertisement panels available on which the Museum für Naturkunde displayed large-format color photographs of museum staff working with various objects from the collections. With the official change in the timetable by the BVG on 13 December 2009 the renaming as Naturkundemuseum finally took place.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Berliner Untergrundbahn
  2. ^ Luise Berlin
  3. ^ (German) Klaus Kurpjuweit: "U-Bahnhof wird nun doch nach Naturkundemuseum umbenannt", Der Tagesspiegel, 16 December 2007
  4. ^ (German) "Naturkundemuseum feiert heute mit freiem Eintritt", article in the Berliner Morgenpost from 13 December 2009, retrieved on 13 December 2009.

External links[edit]

Preceding station   Berlin U-Bahn   Following station
towards Alt-Tegel
U6

Coordinates: 52°31′52″N 13°22′57″E / 52.53111°N 13.38250°E / 52.53111; 13.38250