Hamburg Central Station
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Hamburg Central Station Feb 20, 2009
Is the Hauptbahnhof for the German city of Hamburg. It was opened on 6 December 1906. The station is a through station, situated in the city centre.
Beside the inter-urban rail services, the Hauptbahnhof is also the central intersection for two of the three rapid transport systems in the city: the Hamburg S-Bahn (suburban railway or city train) and the Hamburg U-Bahn (subway).
The S-Bahn platforms are located inside the Hauptbahnhof itself (platforms 3 and 4, going eastwards to Barmbek, Harburg and Bergedorf) and in separate tunnel, adjacent to the station building (platforms 1 and 2, going westwards to Altona, Wedel and Eidelstedt).
The U-Bahn is split in two stations: Hauptbahnhof Süd (south) and serving the lines U1 and U3. This part of the station has been included in the 1900 plannings for the new station (the construction for the subway started in 1906, the "ring" has been opened in 1911). Until 1960, this station was simply called Hauptbahnhof without any suffix. From the beginning until the end of 1943, there were two lines: the original Ring and the southeastern branch line leading to Rothenburgsort which tracks has been destroyed due to World War II and never been rebuilt.
The station Hauptbahnhof Nord (north) is serving the line U2, but only using the two middle tunnels (out of four). The two outer tunnels have been build in advance for a future line U4 (which has never been released) and are currently used for a visual arts installation.
One of the highlights of the station is the Wandelhalle (promenading hall), which is a small shopping center (with additional business hours, compromising to shops located outside the station). It was built in 1991 during the renewal of the beam construction. It is located on the northern bridge and includes restaurants, flower shops, kiosks, a drugstore, service centers and more. The upper floor also has a gallery surrounding the hall.
As of 2008, to banish the drug dealers and users from the area, Deutsche Bahn is playing classical music like Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. According to a German newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt it is a success:
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