Hamburg – Hamburg Hauptbahnhof

Hamburg Hauptbahnhof is the second busiest railway station in Europe, second only to Gare du Nord in Paris. In rather a strategic move to integrate services in the early part of the twentieth century, this station was opened in 1906 to replace a number of other stations in Hamburg.

That’s a lot of trains, including a double decker train for Dylan. There are no shortage of trains either to look at, with nearly 1,000 S-Bahn trains using the station every day and nearly 750 long and short distance trains also using the building. The building was badly damaged during the allied bombing of the city during the Second World War, but it still has the look of an early twentieth century railway station.

This is the entrance to the Wandelhalle shopping centre, which is part of the railway building.

Plenty of food options in the shopping centre and there is also an office of the city’s tourist information located here. I only got a subway train from the railway station, but it was all well signed and I got the impression that it was an organised and well run station.