Potsdam Park Sanssouci railway station

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Potsdam Park Sanssouci
Through station
Potsdam Sanssouci 07-2017 img1.jpg
The Kaiserbahnhof hall and the platforms
Location Am Neues Palais, 14401 Potsdam, Brandenburg
Coordinates 52°23′40″N 13°0′50″E / 52.39444°N 13.01389°E / 52.39444; 13.01389Coordinates: 52°23′40″N 13°0′50″E / 52.39444°N 13.01389°E / 52.39444; 13.01389
Other information
Station code 5011
DS100 code BWP[1]
IBNR 8010377
Category 4[2]

Potsdam Park Sanssouci is a German railway station located in Potsdam, the Brandenburger capital city on the Berlin–Magdeburg railway. Named Potsdam Wildpark until 1999, it serves the Sanssouci Park and is famous for the Kaiserbahnhof building.


The Kaiserbahnhof and the rail hub in 1990

The Wildpark station was built in 1868 on the new line linking Berlin to Magdeburg. At the beginning of the 20th century, after the opening of the bypass lines to Nauen (1902) and Jüterbog (1904), it was built a small rail hub. In 1909 the Kaiserbahnof (see the section below) was inaugurated for the private usage of the Kaiser Wilhelm II. From 1950, after the division of Germany, the station functioned in the Berlin outer ring (Berliner Außenring), and for some years was served by an holyday express train from Saxony to the Baltic Sea. After the completion of the Golm-Potsdam Pirschheide[3] bypass of the Außerring, the station remained part of a short line[4] (however linked to Magdeburg and to the ring) to Potsdam Hauptbahnhof (in that period Potsdam Stadt) and Potsdam Babelsberg, interrupted to West Berlin due to the construction of The Wall.

In the middle of the 1990s, some years after German reunification and the opening of the line Potsdam-Wannsee, the station was rebuilt and renewed. The old platforms and the little rail hub, built in early 20th Century, were demolished. The new name "Park Sanssouci", initially applied for tourist traffic only in 1999, took place of "Wildpark" about one year later.


The Kaiserbahnof building
The Bürgerbahnhof building
The Posttor gate, in front of the station
Interior view of the Kaiserbahnhof in 1990

The station is on an electrified line and counts two platforms serving three tracks.


The Kaiserbahnhof Potsdam [5] is a railroad station near the New Palace (Neues Palais). Its construction was initiated in 1905 by German Emperor (Kaiser) Wilhelm II, and it was used as his private station. The first official guests were Theodore Roosevelt in 1910 and the Czar Nicholas II of Russia.[6]

From 1939 it was used by the high command of the Luftwaffe and, during the Second World War, for the special train of Hermann Göring, who was Luftwaffe chief. After 1945, it was the terminus station of the Blue Express, a train used by the Soviet military command on the route MoscowBerlin.[6]

Beginning in 1952, it was owned by the East German state railway company (Deutsche Reichsbahn) and subsequently used as a political school and cultural venue and for Transport Police (Transportpolizei) until its closure in 1977 due to deterioration.[6]

In 1999, the building was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site.[7][8][9]

On 16 June 2005, the station was reopened after restoration. The building is used as an academy for senior executives of the German national railway Deutsche Bahn and usually is not publicly accessible.[10]


Apart from the Kaiserbahnhof, Park Sanssouci station counts a minor building, used as passengers reception hall, named Bürgerbahnhof. This wood-made structure is a rare representative of the station architecture from the 1860s. In front of it there is an entrance gate to the park named Posttor.

Train services[edit]

Located on the Berlin-Potsdam-Magdeburg line[11] and in a junction linking Potsdam to the Berlin outer ring, the station is served by regional trains linking it to Berlin and to some towns of Brandenburg as Brandenburg an der Havel, Frankfurt (Oder) or Fürstenwalde.

The station is served by the following services:[12]

  • 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
Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
RE 1
toward Oranienburg
RB 20
toward Potsdam Hbf
toward Wustermark
RB 21
RB 22

Potsdam Park Sanssouci is included in the fare zone "C" (Tarifbereich C[13]) of Berliner public transport network. Not part of the S-Bahn network, it is involved in a feasibility project regarding the extension of the line S7 from Potsdam Hauptbahnhof to the station of Golm and/or Werder.

The station is not served by the Potsdam Tramway, but the nearest stop is Schloß Charlottenhof,[14] less than 1 km far from it.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland (German railway atlas) (2009/2010 ed.). Schweers + Wall. 2009. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0. 
  2. ^ "Stationspreisliste 2018" [Station price list 2018] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 5 October 2017. Retrieved 14 December 2017. 
  3. ^ Named in that period Potsdam Hauptbahnhof
  4. ^ Rail transport map of East Berlin and neighbourhoods in 1988
  5. ^ (in German) See also de:Kaiserbahnhof Potsdam
  6. ^ a b c (in German) History of the Kaiserbahnhof at potsdamonline.de
  7. ^ Potsdam's UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Status: German and English version
  8. ^ (in German) "Kaiserbahnhof im UNESCO" article at World Heritage Forum]
  9. ^ (in German) The Kaiserbahnhof at info-potsdam.de
  10. ^ (in German) Article on Berliner Morgenpost about a special public opening of Kaiserbahnhof in 2009
  11. ^ Part of the line linking Berlin to Braunschweig and Hanover
  12. ^ Timetables for Potsdam Park Sanssouci station (in German)
  13. ^ Berliner public transport rail maps and fare zones at BVG website
  14. ^ Potsdam Tramway map at urbanrail.net

External links[edit]

Media related to Bahnhof Potsdam Park Sanssouci at Wikimedia Commons