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The Bahnhof Zoo in 2004
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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 city's political division and is still the main station for the western central area of Berlin. Situated on Hardenbergplatz, adjacent to the Berlin Zoo, Berlin Zoo station is also an interchange for the U-Bahn and S-Bahn, which uses the Stadtbahn, along with long distance and international trains, known in German as the Fernbahn). Boroughs of West Berlin West Berlin was the name given to the western part of Berlin between 1949 and 1990. ... The Zoologischer Garten Berlin (zoological garden Berlin) is one of the biggest zoos in Germany and the one with the largest number of species of the world. ... The Oberbaumbrücke on the U1. ... The Berlin S-Bahn is a metro system operated by S-Bahn Berlin GmbH, a subsidiary of the Deutsche Bahn. ...


Hardenbergplatz is also West Berlin's largest city bus terminal and is also used by long-distance buses/coaches. "ZOB", Berlin's central bus terminal for regional and long-distance travel, is located on the Messedamm not far from the Funkturm. The Funkturm Berlin Funkturm - blue illuminated on the occasion of the Funkausstellung 2005 The Berliner Funkturm or Funkturm Berlin (Radio Tower Berlin) is a transmitting tower in Berlin, built between 1924 and 1926 by Heinrich Straumer. ...


History

The Bahnhof Zoo around 1981
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The Bahnhof Zoo around 1981

The Bahnhof Zoo was originally a Stadtbahn station, opened in February 1882. In 1902, the U2, the first Berlin U-Bahn line, was activated under ground. Between 1934 and 1940 the station was rebuilt, and the track installations were expanded. In August 1961 the U-Bahn Line 9 was opened under the U2, which connected the station with the transportation network in the North-South direction. February is the second month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1882 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... 1902 (MCMII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... U2 is a line on the Berlin U-Bahn Pankow (S2) (S8) Vinetastraße Schönhauser Allee (S4x) (S8) Eberswalder Straße Senefelderplatz Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz Alexanderplatz (U5) (U8) (S5) (S7) (S75) (S9) (DB) Klosterstraße Märkisches Museum Spittelmarkt Hausvogteiplatz Stadtmitte (U6) Mohrenstraße Potsdamer Platz (S1) (S2) (S25... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Note: as an adjective (stressed on the second syllable instead of the first), august means honorable. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... U9 (Berlin) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


The fact that with only two railroad platforms for long-distance trains the station was still the most important in West Berlin was another unnatural phenomenon of the divided city. With the completion of the Berlin Hauptbahnhof the station will almost certainly lose even more importance. Upon its scheduled opening in 2006, Berlin Hauptbahnhof – Lehrter Bahnhof will be the largest rail transportation hub in Europe. ...


The station's future

U-Bahn station (U9)
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U-Bahn station (U9)

In Summer 2005, the head of the Deutsche Bahn Hartmut Mehdorn announced that after May 28, 2006, long-distance trains will no longer use the station. Despite the outcry from nearby retailers and local politicians, on June 6, 2005, the Deutsche Bahn announced its final, conclusive transportation plan for Berlin. Germanys main train operator, the Deutsche Bahn AG (German Railway Corporation, also known as DB or DBAG) provides passenger and freight service via federally owned tracks. ... May 28 is the 148th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (149th in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 6 is the 157th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (158th in leap years), with 208 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Other facts

In the 1970s and 1980s, the rear of the station facing Jebensstraße was a meeting point for gay prostitutes and the drug scene. The book "The children from Bahnhof Zoo" (Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo) by Christiane Vera Felscherinow dramatizes the period. The Berlin authorities shut down this function with rigorous police operations at the end of the Eighties. Nevertheless, the station is still a meeting point for many homeless people and can therefore be somewhat unsightly for tourists getting off at the station. Christiane F. (full name Christiane Vera Felscherinow), was born in West Berlin on May 20, 1962. ... Christiane F. (full name Christiane Vera Felscherinow), was born in West Berlin on May 20, 1962. ...


The U2 song Zoo Station is also inspired by the station. U2 is an Irish rock band featuring Bono (Paul David Hewson) on vocals, guitar and harmonica, The Edge (David Howell Evans) on guitar and pianos and vocals, Adam Clayton on bass, and Larry Mullen, Jr. ... Zoo Station is the opening track from the U2 album Achtung Baby. ...


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