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Encyclopedia > Berlin Ostbahnhof
The station concourse contains shops and eating facilities
Looking west from a mainline platform, facing the two S-bahn platforms
Looking west from a mainline platform, facing the two S-bahn platforms
The station has been known by several names over its 160-year history
The station has been known by several names over its 160-year history

Berlin Ostbahnhof (translates from German as Berlin East Station) is a mainline railway station in Berlin, Germany. It is in Friedrichshain, now part of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district, and has undergone several name changes in its history. It was known as Berlin Hauptbahnhof from 1987 to 1998, a name now applied to Berlin's new central station. Alongside Berlin Zoologischer Garten station it was one of the city's two main stations; however, it is likely to decline in significance with the opening of the new Hauptbahnhof on 26 May 2006, and many mainline trains re-routed through the new Tiergarten tunnels, bypassing the Ostbahnhof. Image File history File linksMetadata Train_station_Berlin_Ostbahnhof_entrance_hall. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Train_station_Berlin_Ostbahnhof_entrance_hall. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1024x768, 221 KB) Description: Train hall of the station Ostbahnhof (Eaststation) in Berlin taken September 11 2004 by Jcornelius License: GFDL File links The following pages link to this file: Berlin Ostbahnhof Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1024x768, 221 KB) Description: Train hall of the station Ostbahnhof (Eaststation) in Berlin taken September 11 2004 by Jcornelius License: GFDL File links The following pages link to this file: Berlin Ostbahnhof Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2272 × 1704 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2272 × 1704 pixel, file size: 1. ... Passengers bustle around the typical grand edifice of Londons Broad Street Station in 1865. ... This article is about the capital of Germany. ... Location of Friedrichshain in Berlin Friedrichshain is a part of Berlins borough of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. ... Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg is a borough of Berlin, formed in 2001 by merging the former boroughs of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. ... Berlin Ostbahnhof was named Berlin Hauptbahnhof from 1987 to 1998. ... The Bahnhof Zoo in 2004 The Bahnhof Zoo (the official name is Berlin Zoologischer Garten) was the central transport facility in West Berlin during the citys political division and is still the main station for the western central area of Berlin. ... is the 146th day of the year (147th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tiergarten (Animal Garden) is a large park and a former borough of Berlin, since 2001 a part of the expanded borough Mitte. ...


History

The station opened in 1842 as Frankfurter Bahnhof as the terminus of the 100-km railway to Frankfurt (Oder). The first building was slightly north of its present location. In 1845, it was renamed Niederschlesisch-Märkischer Bahnhof (Lower Silesia-Brandenburg Station) after a railway merger. When the railways were taken over by the Prussian state in 1852, it was renamed Schlesischer Bahnhof (Silesia Station). It was rebuilt on the present site in 1882 when construction began on the Berlin Stadtbahn, the elevated railway through the city center built to link the city's major stations, completed in 1886. Two of the four tracks on the Stadtbahn later came to form one of the main routes of the Berlin S-Bahn suburban railway. The Ostbahnhof has never had a link to the Berlin U-Bahn subway, nor is one planned. Frankfurt (Oder) ( Sorbian/Lusatian: Frankobord ) is a city in Brandenburg, Germany located on the Oder River, on the German-Polish border directly opposite the city of SÅ‚ubice. ... Lower Silesia (German: ; Polish: ; Latin: Silesia Inferior) is the northwestern part of the historical and geographical region of Silesia. ... For the similarly spelled Brandenberg, see Brandenberg (Austria) or Brandenburg (disambiguation) Location Coordinates , , Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2) Administration Country NUTS Region DE4 Capital Potsdam Minister-President Matthias Platzeck (SPD) Governing parties SPD / CDU Votes in Bundesrat 4 (of 69) Basic statistics Area  29,479 km² (11,382... For other uses, see Prussia (disambiguation). ... Silesia (English pronunciation [], Czech: ; German: ; Latin: ; Polish: ; Silesian: Åšlůnsk) is a historical region in central Europe, located along the upper and middle Oder River, upper Vistula River, and along the Sudetes, Carpathian (Silesian Beskids) mountain range. ... The Berlin Stadtbahn (city railway) is a major railway thoroughfare in the German capital Berlin. ... Berlins S-Bahn network The Berlin S-Bahn is a metro system operated by S-Bahn Berlin GmbH, a subsidiary of the Deutsche Bahn. ... Train leaving Nollendorfplatz, one of the original stations of the Berlin U-Bahn The Berlin (, English: ) is a major part of the public transport system of the German capital, Berlin. ...


The station was severely damaged in the Second World War and completely rebuilt by the East German railway, the Deutsche Reichsbahn; in 1950 it was renamed Berlin Ostbahnhof, as Silesia was now largely in Poland. Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... This article is about the state which existed from 1949 to 1990. ... For the 1920-1945 company of the same name, see Deutsche Reichsbahn-Gesellschaft. ...


Following the division of Germany the station was, together with Berlin-Lichtenberg, one of two major railway stations in East Berlin. The wall ran only 200 m away from the station; today that part is the East Side Gallery, the longest remaining fragment of the Berlin Wall. In 1987 the postwar building was demolished and the station began to be rebuilt as East Berlin’s main station, grandly renamed Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Berlin Main Station). The plan called for a hotel and a large reception area for arriving Soviet bloc dignitaries. However, only part of the work was complete by the time of German reunification in 1990. A partially built staircase to the underground car park from this period in front of the station remains (in 2006) unfinished and fenced off. A partly constructed hotel was demolished in the early 1990s. Berlin-Lichtenberg is a railway station in the Lichtenberg district of Berlin. ... East Berlin was the name given to the eastern part of Berlin between 1949 and 1990. ... East Side Gallery The East Side Gallery is an international memorial for freedom. ... During the Cold War, the Eastern Bloc (or Soviet Bloc) comprised the following Central and Eastern European countries: Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, East Germany, Poland, Albania (until the early 1960s, see below), the Soviet Union, and Czechoslovakia. ... This article is about the 1990 German reunification. ...


The name Hauptbahnhof remained long after the division of Berlin ended, until 1998, when the station was re-renamed Berlin Ostbahnhof. One year later, work began to demolish the station and rebuild it once again, which was completed in 2002. Little remains of the 1980s structure except for an administrative block, some façade elements, and parts of the platform structure.


Operational usage

In brief
DB station code: BHF (main line) / BOSB (S-Bahn)
Number of tracks 5 main line passenger,
4 S-Bahn
2 through tracks

S-Bahn, regional and long-distance services call at the station; though a number of InterCityExpress and InterCity services were lost to the newly-opened Berlin Hauptbahnhof station further west, the Ostbahnhof still remains an important station for the eastern parts of Berlin. Deutsche Bahn and its precessors Deutsche Bundesbahn, Deutsche Reichsbahn and DRG use a system of letters to denote a station on their network. ... For the historic canal, see Pennsylvania Main Line of Public Works. ... S-Bahn refers to suburban metro railways in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. ... S-Bahn refers to suburban metro railways in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. ... ICE 3 trainset near Ingolstadt The InterCityExpress or ICE (German pronunciation: ) is a system of high-speed trains predominantly running in Germany and its neighbouring countries. ... A Romanian InterCity train, run by Romanian Railways, at Arad station in May 2003 InterCity is a name for the inter-city rail services in Europe. ... Berlin Ostbahnhof was named Berlin Hauptbahnhof from 1987 to 1998. ...


In popular culture

The Ostbahnhof was featured in the 2004 movie The Bourne Supremacy. Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) parked his car here, and tracked down Pamela Landy (Joan Allen) from here. The Bourne Supremacy is a 2004 film loosely based on the Robert Ludlum novel of the same name. ... Jason Charles Bourne is a fictional character of Robert Ludlum novels and subsequent film adaptations. ... Matthew Paige Matt Damon (born October 8, 1970) is an American screenwriter and actor. ... Joan Allen in a scene from The Contender Joan Allen (b. ...

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Coordinates: 52°30′36″N, 13°26′05″E Image File history File links Commons-logo. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


 
 

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