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Berlin Hauptbahnhof - Lehrter Bahnhof
Berlin's new Hauptbahnhof (central railway station) was opened in May 2006. A vast multi-level structure, partly in a tunnel, it forms the centrepiece of Berlin's new railway network, which has been under construction since the city's reunification.
The station is built on the site of the former Lehrter Bahnhof main line railway station, which was damaged during World War 2 and subsequently demolished. There was previously a Stadtbahn station on the same site of Hauptbahnhof called "Lehrter Stadtbahnhof".
Note: In German the word "Hauptbahnhof" is often abbreviated to "Hbf", so it is common to see Berlin's main station referred to as "Berlin-Hbf".
The following links take you directly to DB's real-time departures and arrivals timetables for Berlin Hauptbahnhof:
Hauptbahnhof has all the facilities you would expect of a new, modern station. However, it does not have any luggage lockers; instead there is only a left-luggage facility with a luggage-screening policy, which means waiting times should be expected when checking baggage in or out. (For a decent selection of coin-operated luggage lockers, try Zoo Station).
Hauptbahnhof has been described as a "shopping center with a rail connection", and there is certainly no shortage of retail facilities (see list below). Most shops are open daily until 10pm. For your travel needs, there is a branch of supermarket Kaisers Supermarket.
The following shops are locate in Hauptbahnhof:
Bakeries, Groceries and Flowers
Fashion & Accessoires
Pharmacies / Drugstores
Restaurants and Cafes
Capital Beach (0.3 km), Swiss Embassy in Berlin (0.4 km), Hamburger Bahnhof (0.4 km), Bundespressestrand (0.4 km), Federal Chancellery building (0.5 km), Bundestag (Station) (0.6 km), Reichstag (0.7 km), Ukrainian Embassy (0.9 km), Panamanian Embassy (1.0 km)