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Hamburg : City

Hamburg by rail

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Hamburg main railway station (Hauptbahnhof) is the main rail hub in northern Germany, as well as being an impressive piece of industrial architecture.  Opened in 1906 and refurbished in 1991, the enormous main hall is crowned by a massive, arched glass roof 460 feet wide, the largest structure of its kind in Europe.

As are most main railway stations in Germany, Hamburg's is located slap bang in the middle of town, just a few minutes walk from the Inner and Outer Alster lakes.  The route to the stadium from the station is via the underground and then a shuttle bus for the final few hundred yards (see City centre to stadium).

Local transport
Hamburg has a very efficient local transport service made up of an underground system (U-Bahn), a light urban rail system (S-Bahn), an integrated bus network and ferries on the city's waterways (Public transport planner).

Mainline Services
As German Rail's main hub in the north of the country, Hamburg main station offers direct links to 9 of the other 11 cities hosting World Cup games - and the other 2 can be reached with just one change.  See German rail journey planner and details on the right:

Hamburg main station

Hamburg to / from other
World Cup cities by rail:

  • Frankfurt, c. 3 hrs 40 mins 
  • Stuttgart, c. 5 hrs 10 mins
  • Cologne, c. 4 hrs 5 mins  
  • Hanover, c. 1 hr 20 mins 
  • Leipzig, c. 3 hrs 25 mins 
  • Munich, c. 6 hrs 
  • Nuremberg, 4 hrs 15 mins 
  • Dortmund, c. 2 hrs 45 mins 
  • Berlin Zoo, c. 1hrs 35 mins
  • Gelsenkirchen, c. 3 hrs 20 mins (via Münster) 
  • Kaiserslautern, c. 5 hrs 10 mins (via Mannheim) 

     Map of station location

  Links to other pages:

  German Rail
  The Eurodomino pass
  The German Rail pass


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