Potsdam Hauptbahnhof

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Potsdam Hauptbahnhof
Deutsche Bahn S-Bahn-Logo.svg
Potsdam Hbf 2009-08-10 1.jpg
Station forecourt south of the tracks with bus and tram stop and water tower
LocationFriedrich Engels Straße, 14401, Potsdam, Brandenburg
Coordinates52°23′30″N 13°04′00″E / 52.391667°N 13.066667°E / 52.391667; 13.066667Coordinates: 52°23′30″N 13°04′00″E / 52.391667°N 13.066667°E / 52.391667; 13.066667
Owned byDeutsche Bahn
Operated by
Train operatorsDB Regio Nordost
  • RE 1
  • RB 20 RB 21 RB 22 RB 23
  • Berlin S7.svg
  • Tram interchange
  • Bus interchange
ArchitectGerkan, Marg and Partners
Other information
Station code5012[1]
DS100 codeBPD[2]
Fare zoneVerkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB): Berlin C and Potsdam A/5750[3]
Opened22 November 1838
Preceding station   DB Fernverkehr   Following station
towards Emden
IC 56
towards Cottbus
Preceding station   DB Regio Nordost   Following station
RE 1
via Brandenburg (Havel) - Berlin - Frankfurt (Oder)
toward Oranienburg
RB 20
via Hennigsdorf
toward Wustermark
RB 21
via Potsdam
RB 22
via Potsdam
toward Michendorf
RB 23
via Caputh
Preceding station   Berlin S-Bahn   Following station
TerminusBerlin S7.svg
toward Ahrensfelde
Potsdam Hauptbahnhof is located in Brandenburg
Potsdam Hauptbahnhof
Potsdam Hauptbahnhof
Location within Brandenburg
Potsdam Hauptbahnhof is located in Germany
Potsdam Hauptbahnhof
Potsdam Hauptbahnhof
Location within Germany
Potsdam Hauptbahnhof is located in Europe
Potsdam Hauptbahnhof
Potsdam Hauptbahnhof
Location within Europe

Potsdam Hauptbahnhof is the main station in the German city of Potsdam, capital of the state of Brandenburg. It lies on the Berlin–Magdeburg railway and was founded in 1838. However, it has had this name only since 1999. It was originally called Bahnhof Potsdam (Potsdam station) and it was called Potsdam Stadt (city) station from 1960. The station is the terminus of line S7 of the Berlin S-Bahn, which comes from Ahrensfelde. It is also connected with the central bus station, which is a transfer point between Potsdam and the southwestern region of Berlin, and has a stop on the Potsdam tram network. It is classified by Deutsche Bahn as a category 2 station.[1]


The first station on the site of current Hauptbahnhof in about 1840
Potsdam in about 1850 with the rail bridge and the long bridge (Lange Brücke), the station was to the right just behind the trees

The first railway from Berlin to Potsdam was opened on 22 September 1838. It was the first railway in Prussia and is now one of the oldest railways in Germany still in operation. Its final stop was at the site of the current Potsdam station. From the station, a port track ran to a steam boat landing west of the Long Bridge (Lange Brücke). With the commissioning of the Potsdam Railway bridge over the Havel by the Potsdam-Magdeburg Railway Company (Potsdam-Magdeburger Eisenbahngesellschaft) on 7 August 1846, the former terminus became a through station. The station building was built in the neoclassical style. This and the station forecourt (Bahnhofsvorplatz) now lay north of the tracks. In 1928, it was connected to the Berlin S-Bahn network. The complete electrication of the suburban line lasted nearly a year. In World War II, the station was destroyed and a new station building was built after the war.

Potsdam Stadt station, 1993

From 1953 to 1958, it was connected to East Berlin by S-Bahn Durchläuferzüge ("through running trains"), which did not stop in West Berlin. From 1958, East Germany relocated internal traffic to the developing Berlin outer ring. After the commissioning of the outer ring so-called Sputnik trains ran from the new Potsdam Süd (south) station on the south-western outskirts (now called Potsdam Pirschheide station) via Schönefeld Airport to East Berlin. Long-distance trains on internal routes and later Interzone trains (AachenGörlitz and MunichRostock) also ran over the outer ring. The station was renamed Potsdam Stadt in 1960 and Potsdam Süd station was renamed Potsdam Hauptbahnhof in 1961. The electric S-Bahn service to Potsdam was disrupted by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961 and abandoned a few months later. The Potsdam Stadt and Babelsberg stations could only be reached by local trains from inter alia the old Potsdam Hauptbahnhof. The transit trains (Transitzügen) between West Berlin and West Germany passed through Potsdam Stadt and there were personnel to monitor boarding and disembarking passengers at Potsdam Griebnitzsee. Passengers could not board there until 1963.

Track field of the Hauptbahnhof seen from the west

In January 1990, local services were re-established to Berlin-Wannsee and full S-Bahn services were re-established in 1992. In 1997, work began on demolishing the old Potsdam Stadt station, including its entrance building, the roundhouse and sidings, and replacing them with new buildings. The design for the new works were produced by the office of Gerkan, Marg and Partners. It consists of two long building complexes that are linked by a connecting structure topped by a wavy roof. The extensions to the platforms were integrated into the connecting structure. The S-Bahn platform was built new and a regional platform was upgraded. At the south entrance, a new station forecourt was built with bus and tram platforms and a bus parking area. A new shopping centre and a cinema was opened under the name of Bahnhofspassagen Potsdam (Potsdam station passages), along with office and commercial areas.

On 1 September 1999, Potsdam Stadt station was renamed as Potsdam Hauptbahnhof. Its DS-100 code is BPD [2] and its station code is 5012.[1]

The construction of the station was highly controversial and was discussed at length. A proposal for a facade with yellow brickwork was rejected and the dimensions of the building give the impression of office complexes, the scale of which—as the critics predicted—would be at odds with the historical city of Potsdam. UNESCO considered whether Potsdam should be added to the List of World Heritage in Danger because of the project. Subsequent changes during construction and the non-commencement of some parts of the construction, however, meant that this could be avoided.

Since December 2014, equipment has been in use at the platform allowing “train dispatch by the driver by cab monitor” (Zugabfertigung durch den Triebfahrzeugführer mittels Führerraum-Monitor, ZAT-FM).[4]

The station hall in November 2011

Train services[edit]

At the May 2006 timetable change the last pair of Intercity-Express (ICE) services to stop at the station were removed. The reason for this is that all ICE and almost all Intercity services between Berlin and the western states operate over the Hanover–Berlin high-speed railway and the journey from Potsdam to the western states is faster by taking a detour via Berlin than a route via Magdeburg would be.

The station is served by the following services:[5]

  • Intercity services (IC 56) Emden - Oldenburg - Bremen - Hannover - Braunschweig - Magdeburg - Brandenburg - Berlin - Cottbus
  • Regional services HKX Goslar – Vienenburg – Wernigerode / Thale – Quedlinburg – Halberstadt – Magdeburg – Brandenburg – Berlin
  • Regional services RE 1 Magdeburg – Brandenburg – Potsdam – Berlin – Fürstenwalde – Frankfurt (Oder) (– Cottbus)
  • Local services RB 20 Oranienburg – Henningsdorf – Golm – Potsdam
  • Local services RB 21 Wustermark – Golm – Potsdam – Berlin
  • Local services RB 22 Königs Wusterhausen – Berlin-Schönefeld Airport – Saarmund – Golm – Potsdam – Berlin
  • Local services RB 23 Michendorf – Caputh-Geltow – Potsdam
  • Berlin S-Bahn services Berlin S7.svg Potsdam - Wannsee - Westkreuz - Hauptbahnhof - Alexanderplatz - Ostbahnhof - Lichtenberg - Ahrensfelde

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Stationspreisliste 2021" [Station price list 2021] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 16 November 2020. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
  2. ^ a b Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland (German railway atlas) (2009/2010 ed.). Schweers + Wall. 2009. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0.
  3. ^ "Der VBB-Tarif: Aufteilung des Verbundgebietes in Tarifwaben und Tarifbereiche" (PDF). Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam. Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg. 1 January 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Kurzmeldungen – S-Bahn". Berliner Verkehrsblätter (in German) (2): 30. 2015.
  5. ^ Timetables for Potsdam Hbf station (in German)


  • Paul Sigel; Silke Dähmlow; Frank Seehausen; Lucas Elmenhorst (2006). Architekturführer Potsdam (in German). Berlin: Dietrich Reimer Verlag. ISBN 3-496-01325-7.
  • Deutscher Bahnkunden-Verband (2001). Potsdams Hauptbahnhöfe (in German). Berlin: Verlag GVE. ISBN 3-89218-070-9.

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