Roof of Hauptbahnhof will remain (too) short

Roof of Hauptbahnhof will remain (too) short

Elements for the roof of Berlin Central Station were in storage for years - in case the construction is completed after all. Now they are gone.

Hauptbahnhof Berlin

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The roof of Berlin Central Station remains short. For years, the Deutsche Bahn had stored additional steel girders and custom-made glass panes, but now they are gone. "The elements of the hall roof had been written off", said a railway spokesman for the German Press Agency. "The steel parts were resold for recycling and the glass parts were sold to a specialist company for disposal/recycling.

Roof was originally to be 450 metres long

This leaves the roof length of Hauptbahnhof at 321 metres - too little for many ICE trains, which can be up to 375 metres long. Some of the passengers therefore sometimes need an umbrella when getting off the train in Berlin. In order to finish the station in time for the 2006 World Cup, Hartmut Mehdorn, then head of the railway company, did not have the roof built 450 meters long, as the architect Meinhard von Gerkan had planned. Later, there were repeated calls for the roof to be completed.

Completion would have cost 145 million euros

Five years ago, the railroad refused. An expert opinion had found additional costs of 145 million euros. In addition, the important railway line under the roof would have to be interrupted for nine months to be completed. The view of the roofless platforms of the main station is now covered in several places by new buildings. Their architecture sometimes triggered discussions.
TV Tower at Alexanderplatz
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