Berlin Alexanderplatz railway station

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Berlin Alexanderplatz railway station

Berlin Alexanderplatz is a railway station in the Mitte district of Berlin's city centre. It is one of the busiest transportation hubs in the Berlin area. The station is named for the Alexanderplatz square on which it is located, immediately beneath the Fernsehturm and the World clock.

Overview

Likewise other long-distance stations, Alexanderplatz is also a shopping centre for selling merchandise to voyagers. Due to its importance and central location, it is a site where tourists regularly change.

Four Regional-Express and Regionalbahn lines as well as the S-Bahn rapid transit lines S3, S5, S7 and S75 call at the overground station. The adjacent underground station is one of the largest on the Berlin U-Bahn network, with the lines U2, U5 and U8 calling. The station is also served by four tram lines, two of which run continuously, as well as five bus lines during the day, one of which runs continuously and three night bus lines.

History

Alexanderplatz station opened on 7 February 1882 on the Berlin Stadtbahn viaduct from Charlottenburg to Ostbahnhof (then named Schlesischer Bahnhof). In 1926 the station hall spanning two platforms with four tracks was rebuilt in its present plain style. Heavily damaged in World War II, train service at the station was already resumed on 4 November 1945, while the reconstruction of the hall continued until 1951.

The first U-Bahn station of the present U2 line designed by Alfred Grenander entered service on 1 July 1913; then the eastern terminus of Berlin's second line from Potsdamer Platz via Spittelmarkt. The platforms of the U8 and the U5 opened on 18 April 1930 and 21 December 1930 respectively, also built according to Grenander's conception, but in a distinct Modern style. Alexanderplatz thereby became beside Nollendorfplatz station the second major hub of the Berlin U-Bahn network. The were renovated in 2004. U2:The next station is Klosterstraße or Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. U5:The next station is Schillingstraße. U8:The next station is Weinmeisterstraße or Jannowitzbrücke (change here for S-Bahn).