Regensburg Hauptbahnhof

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Regensburg Hauptbahnhof is the main railway station in the city of Regensburg in southern Germany.


Regensburg Hauptbahnhof is located on the southern edge of the old city (Altstadt) in the immediate vicinity of Schloss St. Emmeram. In front of the station building are a taxi rank and the regional bus station. A short distance away is the central public transport hub known as Bustreff Albertstraße. The station has numerous shops; since its renovation in 2004 the overbridge also enables access to the Regensburg Arcade shopping centre south of the station tracks. At the site there are 177 car parking bays and stands for 300 bicycles.


Regensburg was connected to the railway network relatively late; although the first line in Bavaria opened in 1835, it took until 1859 for the Bavarian Eastern Railway (Königlich privilegirte Actiengesellschaft der bayerischen Ostbahnen) to link this east Bavarian metropolis with Nuremberg and Munich, the first line to be built going via Amberg. In 1860 Regensburg was connected to Passau; in 1873 a direct line to Nuremberg was opened; and this was followed by a connection to Ingolstadt in 1874.

The first station building was built between 1859 and 1864 at the southern end of Maximilianstraße to plans by architect Heinrich von Hügel, its great length, twin towers and five-arched portal reflecting the influence of the Italian renaissance. The building was torn down in 1888 and replaced by a new building in the contemporary style of the Gründerzeit. This second station building was destroyed in World War II; its successor was finished in 1955 and renovated in 2004. thumb

After just under five years of construction, a new signal box went into service at the Hauptbahnhof in spring 1988. At a cost of 24 million DM it replaced eight old signal boxes that had been repaired at the end of the Second World War. Plans for the replacement began in 1981. 180 sets of points and 220 signals in the marshalling yard and main station are controlled by the new box; the 9-metre-long control panel was designed for an expansion of the area to be controlled. For the first time in the history of the Deutsche Bundesbahn, time signals were no longer controlled by cable but by long wave transmissions from the Mainflingen transmitter.<ref name="bundesbahn-1988-5">Meldung Neues Zentralstellwerk für Regensburg. In: Die Bundesbahn 1988, No. 5, p. 479 Template:De icon</ref>

The marshalling yard, which is west of the main passenger station and adjacent to it, has been closed and is to be demolished.

Operational usage

Regensburg is situated at the crossing of the main line railway lines Munich-Hof and Nuremberg-Passau; smaller branch lines connect Regensburg to Ulm and Prague.

Regensburg today sees about 200 trains per day, most of them operated by Deutsche Bahn AG, though some regional services are operated by Vogtlandbahn. The following is a summary:

Train type Route Frequency
(Linie 91)
Wien ? Passau ? Regensburg – Nuremberg – Würzburg ? Frankfurt am Main ? Köln – Düsseldorf – Oberhausen ? Essen (? Dortmund) Two-hourly
(Linie 31)
Passau ? Regensburg – Nuremberg – Würzburg ? Frankfurt ? Köln – Düsseldorf ? Oberhausen ? Essen ? Dortmund ? Hanover ? Hamburg ? Kiel Once per day
(Linie 26)
Passau ? Regensburg – Nuremberg – Frankfurt – Dortmund ? Hamburg Once per day
Munich – Regensburg – Schwandorf – Hof / Furth im Wald – Prague Two-hourly
Regional-Express Munich – Regensburg – Nuremberg Two-hourly
Regional-Express Regensburg – Schwandorf – Amberg – Nuremberg Two-hourly
Regional-Express Regensburg – Schwandorf ? Hof (? Gera) Every 4 hours
VBG Regensburg ? Schwandorf ? Weiden (Oberpf) (? Hof) Two-hourly
Regionalbahn Neumarkt (Oberpf) ? Regensburg ? Plattling Hourly
Danube Valley Railway
Regensburg ? Ingolstadt ? Donauwörth ? Günzburg ? Ulm Hourly services
Sat, Sun and public hols: two-hourly
Regionalbahn Regensburg ? Eggmühl Hourly

The platform announcements which inform travellers of the arrival and departure of trains at Regensburg Hauptbahnhof and also welcome alighting passengers were digitalised in July 2008.




Further reading

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