Bremen Hauptbahnhof (German for Bremen main station) is a railway station in the city of Bremen in northwestern Germany. It is the most important rail station for both the city and state of Bremen; InterCityExpress, Intercity, EuroCity, CityNightLine and DB NachtZug services call at the station, which is situated to the Northeast of the city centre. The train services are operated by Deutsche Bahn, NordWestBahn, Metronom and Erixx.
Front of station hall
|Location||Bremen, Free Hanseatic City of Bremen|
|Owned by||Deutsche Bahn|
|Opened||12 December 1847|
|Electrified||14 December 1964|
|Previous names||1847-1873 Bremen|
1873-1889 Bremen Staatsbahnhof
1889-1897 Bremen Centralbahnhof
|1886-89||Current hall built|
Bremen's first train station was opened in 1847 on the site of today's station, on the line to Hanover. Later, lines leading to Vegesack (Bremen-Vegesack–Bremen line), Bremerhaven (then Wesermünde, Bremen–Bremerhaven line), Oldenburg and Uelzen (Uelzen–Langwedel railway) were connected to the station. In 1870, the Köln-Mindener Eisenbahn, opening its Wanne-Eickel–Hamburg line (Rollbahn), built another station some hundred metres north of the old station, since the old station could not cope with the additional Rollbahn traffic. Eventually, it was decided that a single station would be better, and so today's station was built from 1886 to 1891 after plans by Hubert Stier, with sculptures by Diedrich Samuel Kropp and Carl Dopmeyer. In 1907, additional tracks were added. Whilst the station hall has been remodeled several times due to war damage and modernisation, its basic outline still resembles the original 1880s building.
The station hall was thoroughly renovated in the late 1990s and early 2000s, merging the two formerly separated passenger tunnels into a single concourse. Since 1973, it is protected by the monument protection act. The station's platforms, however, were only partially renovated, but are expected to be refurbished from 2008 on for €12.6 million.
The following services currently call at the station:
- Intercity Express services (ICE 10) Oldenburg - Bremen - Hanover - Berlin
- Intercity Express services (ICE 25) Bremen - Hanover - Kassel - Würzburg - München
- Intercity Express services (ICE 42) Hamburg - Bremen - Münster - Dortmund - Wuppertal - Köln - Frankfurt - Stuttgart - Ulm - München
- EuroCity services (EC 7) Hamburg - Bremen - Münster - Dortmund - Düsseldorf - Köln - Bonn - Karlsruhe - Freiburg - Basel - Zürich
- Intercity services (IC 30) Hamburg - Bremen - Münster - Essen - Düsseldorf - Köln - Bonn - Stuttgart
- Intercity services (IC 31) Hamburg - Bremen - Münster - Dortmund - Wuppertal - Köln - Bonn - Frankfurt
- Intercity services (IC 56) Norddeich - Emden - Oldenburg - Bremen - Hanover - Braunschweig - Magdeburg - Leipzig - Dresden
- Regional services Norddeich - Emden - Oldenburg - Bremen - Nienburg - Hanover
- Regional services Bremen - Rotenburg - Buchholz - Hamburg
- Regional services Bremerhaven-Lehe - Bremen - Nienburg - Hanover
- Regional services Bremerhaven-Lehe - Bremen - Osnabrück
- Local services Der Heidesprinter Bremen - Soltau - Uelzen
- Local services Bremen - Rotenburg - Tostedt - Buchholz - Hamburg
- Local services Osnabrück - Bramsche - Vechta - Delmenhorst - Bremen
- Bremen S-Bahn services Bremen-Farge - Bremen-Vegesack - Bremen - Verden
- Bremen S-Bahn services Bremerhaven-Lehe - Osterholz-Scharmbeck - Bremen - Twistringen
- Bremen S-Bahn services Bad Zwischenahn - Oldenburg - Delmenhorst - Bremen
- Bremen S-Bahn services Nordenham - Hude - Delmenhorst - Bremen
The station sees 100 long-distance and 410 regional trains per day. About 100,000 passengers per day use the station.
The station features nine platform tracks, of which seven are in the station hall. In the hall, two tracks serve as through tracks for freight traffic. The station is electrified since 1964 and has been thoroughly modernised during the late 1990s. Both the passenger and mail subways, which used to be separate, were joined together and the station's subway now features a rich selection of shops and food halls, akin to a shopping mall. The platforms have been partly modernised as well (most notably platforms 5 and 6, which carry most of the southbound long distance traffic), and lifts have been put in.
Trains usually depart from:
- Track 1 - Osnabrück (Wanne-Eickel–Hamburg line)
- Track 2 - Oldenburg (Oldenburg–Bremen line), Nordenham (Hude–Blexen line)
- Track 5 - Verden, Hanover (Bremen–Hanover line)
- Track 6 - Bremerhaven (Bremen–Bremerhaven line)
- Track 7 - Osnabrück (Intercity), Diepholz (Wanne-Eickel–Hamburg line)
- Track 8 - Hamburg (Wanne-Eickel–Hamburg line), Uelzen (Uelzen–Langwedel line)
- Track 9 - Hamburg (Metronom, Wanne-Eickel–Hamburg line)
- Track 10 - Rotenburg (Wanne-Eickel–Hamburg line)
The sculptures on the façade, among other railway-related symbolisms, depict the coats of arms of the cities of Bremen and Hamburg, the original destinations of the line.
There is a large mural inside the station's main hall, dating back to the 1950s and showing scenes from the city port. It went into oblivion when it was drywalled off and station announcement boards were put over it in the 1970s, but has been carefully renovated at the station's most recent interior overhaul and is now viewable to the public again.
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- "Database of Landesamt für Denkmalpflege Bremen #0100". (in German)
- "Frisches Geld für drei Bahnhöfe". Verlagsgruppe Kreiszeitung. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2006-12-18.
- Timetables for Bremen Hbf station (in German)
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