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Main Railway Station
Leipzig has a prestigious railroad history. It was the terminal of Germany's first long distance railway line, from Dresden to Leipzig, and soon became a hub of Central European railway traffic. Its famous old station has been renovated since the old East German times, and the massive new station is the biggest of its kind in Europe.
Its impressive architecture can be seen when passing through on the ICE route from Munich to Berlin, although you are not actually passing through at all, as it is a terminal station. The huge building contains not only the station, but a multi-storyed complex of shops and restaurants. It's one of the nicest places to change trains in Europe.
The Hauptbahnhof Leipzig was practically re-built inside out a few years ago, and the result is stunning. It is not only a very modern, clean & efficient railway hub but also a mall on three levels, with some exclusive shopping possibilities. The sheer size of the central station can best be appreciated from the viewing platform at the top of the former "Universitätsgebäude".
Leipzig’s central station was a construction site for a long time. The station building, built in 1909-1913, hides the largest dead-end station in Europe with 24 platforms and an ultramodern service and shopping centre. The huge station hall has been turned into a shopping mall. On three levels we find food stalls and cafes and many of, well, the usual chain stores that are everywhere.
At least waiting for trains does not have to be boring in Leipzig, go for a stroll in the mall…
If you want some train culture instead, there are a few historical locomotives and train cars displayed on the track on the far right.
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a big terminal
The train station(Hauptbahnhof) in Leipzig is one of largest terminal stations in Europe with 26 platforms. The modern building renovated in 1998 but originally it was built in 1915 replacing some smaller stations. Bombs during World War II caused serious damages on the building.
It houses over than 130 shops so you can spend some time there while you wait for your train. For me it’s like an airport (that I usually get bored) so I preferred to spend all my time in the Old Town. There are several cafes to drink something of have a light meal.
Opposite the Train station is the Tourist Information and in front of the station is the starting point of many tram and bus lines of the city.
The Leipzig train station is one of the biggest in the world. I found it very impressive and pretty and loved to be there!
There's also a large shopping centre at the train station with some good food places.
Biggest railway station in Germany
Leipzig railway station is biggest in Germany. It connects railways of east and west, so you can get almost anywhere from Leipzig with train.
The railway station is also a huge shopping centre, and there are also some fast food restaurants (pasta, chinese, hamburgers,...).
I recommend warmly Aldi's super market, which is downstairs. We were just laughing at the low prices, maybe because everything is so damn expensive here in Finland.
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A Cathedral to the Great God Mammon
Rather like airports, which seem to often be large shopping centres with a few piers added for planes, the Central station feels like large shopping centre (140+ stores) with a few platforms added.
It is of course the other way round : This massive space had a makeover a few years back and a ultra-modern shopping centre was squeezed into the insides of this early 20th Century monster.
You can still get something of the granduer of the place by looking up at the massive barrell-type roof or wandering out onto one of the platforms.
I would also recommend visiting the "Mango" Store in the middle of the centre which retains some orginal features such as staircases and magnificent ceilings.
Platform 24 also has some old rolling stock which is worth a look. As far as I could work out, these are a permanent exhibition.
Promenade in the Central Station
The Central Station Promenades are one of Germany's most modern shopping- and service centres. Covering about 30,000 square meters on three levels, they offer a multitude of choice, with about 140 shops. There are also new direct access facilities for cars and car parking on two purpose-built parking decks.
Central Railway Station (Hauptbahnhof)
Leipzig's Central Railway Station is one of the biggest railway stations in Europe. It is also called a "Cathedral of Transportation".
In 1839 the first long-distance railway in Germany connected Leipzig and Dresden. Soon after the so called "Dresdner Bahnhof" the Magdeburger, Thüringer and Berliner railway stations were built. The German states Prussia and Saxony agreed that a new station had to be built - but all the facilities were doubled: one for Saxony, the other for Prussia. The new station was erected in the years 1902 to 1915 and badly damaged in WWII.
After the wall came down the building was reconstructed. In addition to its function as a railway station it became an excellent shopping centre.
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