Wrocław Główny railway station
|Other names||Breslau Hauptbahnhof (pre-1945)|
Przedmieście Świdnickie/Huby, Wrocław
|Owned by||PKP S.A. (main building)|
PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. (platforms and tunnels)
|Train operators||PKP Intercity|
|Architectural style||English neo-Gothic|
|Opened||12 October 1857|
|58,000 per day|
Wrocław Główny, is the largest and most important passenger train station in the city of Wrocław, in southwestern Poland. Situated at the junction of several important routes, it is the largest railway station in the Lower Silesia Voivodeship, as well as in Poland in terms of the number of passengers serviced.
In 2018, the station served over 21,200,000 passengers.
The main gate is located north of the station, on Piłsudski street (Polish: ulica Piłsudskiego), with two additional entrances located at either end of the main hall. The back gate is located on the far side of the tracks, in the south facing Sucha street. The station has six parallel platforms (platforms I through IV with two tracks, platform V with one track and one short one, platform VI with one track). Each has two subway exits, which lead to the main hall. Since all platforms and tracks are above the street level, the tunnels are located at the same level as outside pavements.
The station was built in 1855–1857, as the starting point of the Oberschlesische Eisenbahn (Upper Silesian Railway), as well as the line from Breslau to Glogau via Posen. It replaced the earlier complex of the Oberschlesischer Bahnhof (Upper Silesian Railway Station, built 1841–1842). Its designer was the royal Prussian architect Wilhelm Grapow, and in the mid-19th century, it was located near the southern outskirts of the city, as the areas to the south had not yet been urbanized.
The original concourse was located where the passenger hall now is and was adjacent to the station yard. When construction finished in the mid-19th century, the station only had one platform, but the platform hall was some 200 meters long, and it was regarded as one of the biggest structures of this kind in Europe. By the entrances were luggage lockers, telephone, and telegraph facilities. In the station complex were a restaurant and three waiting rooms (1st, 2nd, and 3rd class). There was also a special room and a separate hallway for VIPs.
In the late 19th century, when the government of the German Empire heavily invested in railway construction, the station was extended. Prices of real estate around the station grew, as the city began to develop southwards. In 1899, the construction of five new platforms began, four of them covered by a large roof. The number of passenger platforms within the station grew to 13 and all were elevated. The façade of the main hall was remodeled in 1899–1904.
During World War II, Polish resistance from the group Zagra-Lin successfully attacked a Nazi troop transport on the station on 23 April 1943. A commemorative plate honoring their actions was placed after Nazi Germany was defeated and Breslau, together with Silesia, was incorporated into Poland, its German population expelled. After the war, Breslau Central (Breslau Hauptbahnhof) was renamed Wroclaw Central (Wrocław Główny).
On 8 January 1967, the popular Polish actor Zbigniew Cybulski died on platform 3. Cybulski was trying to jump into a train that was already departing, but fell instead under its wheels. On the 30th anniversary of this event, Andrzej Wajda unveiled a plaque on the platform in memory of Cybulski.
Long Distance International
- ÖBB Nightjet Berlin-Charlottenburg – Berlin Hbf – Berlin Ostbahnhof – Frankfurt – Wrocław – Ostrava – Vienna (One train pair daily)
- EN Berlin Hbf – Wroclaw Glowny – Budapest-Keleti
- LEO Praha Hlavny – Pardubice – Wrocław – Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Railway lines stemming from or ending at the station
- Railway line 132 Bytom–Wrocław Główny
- Railway line 271 Wrocław Główny–Poznań Główny
- Railway line 273 Wrocław Główny–Szczecin Główny
- Railway line 276 Wrocław Główny–Międzylesie
- Railway line 285 Wrocław Główny–Jedlina-Zdrój
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