The award winning Berlin Hauptbahnhopf was opened in 2006 and now transports over 300,000 travellers a day on its 54 escalators . This huge, multi-level modern station was seemingly designed by disciples of film director Fritz Lang, creator of Metropolis. Its glass walls flood the space with light and trains glide in and out on several levels. The platforms have suspension systems to reduce vibration and noise and even the roof has a solar panel surface.
Finding Your way Round
It can seem a little confusing as it's such a large station. The other problem is being so bedazzled that you wander off to take pictures and forget the time, so missing your train. Trains run across on 2 levels. There are plenty of lifts and escalators.
Shops and Bars
All the main facilities are here, including cafes, shops and cashpoints, which you can find throughout the main building. There's a Deutsche Bahn information point in the North and South halls and the standard of English is excellent.
The left luggage is in the East hall and luggage lockers in Car Park area C. Prices start from €4. Wi-fi is provided in partnership with T-Mobile and there may be a charge for this.
Once you've unravelled yourself from the delights of the Hauptbahnhof, the local S-Bahn train service can be found on the 2nd floor, the U-Bahn underground on the 1st lower level and there are taxis outside the main entrance.
It's very easy to get around if you're in a wheel chair with plenty of lifts and Deutsche Bahn staff are on hand to help. All the platforms have facilities for wheelchair users.
In the Mood
Goodbye to Berlin- Christopher Isherwood
Berlin- The Downfall 1945 Anthony Beevor
Alone In Berlin- Hans Fallada
The Moment- Douglas Kennedy
The Lives Of Others
Wings Of Desire
Run Lola, Run
Low- David Bowie
Marlene Dietrich Sings Berlin- Marlene Dietrich
Paris Days Berlin Nights- Ute Lemper & Vogler Quartet