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Frankfurt (Main) Hauptwache station (German: Bahnhof Frankfurt (Main) Hauptwache) is a major train station in the city centre of Frankfurt, Germany.

Frankfurt (Main) Hauptwache station

Bahnhof Frankfurt (Main) Hauptwache
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Underground through station
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Map of the station area
LocationAn der Hauptwache 17, Frankfurt, Hesse
Germany
Coordinates50°6′50″N 8°40′44″E / 50.11389°N 8.67889°E / 50.11389; 8.67889Coordinates: 50°6′50″N 8°40′44″E / 50.11389°N 8.67889°E / 50.11389; 8.67889
Line(s)
Platforms5
Tracks6 (4 U-Bahn, 2 S-Bahn)
Other information
Station code1864[1]
DS100 codeFHAU[2]
IBNR8006692
Category3[1]
Websitewww.bahnhof.de
Traffic
Passengers181,000 daily
Location
Frankfurt (Main) Hauptwache station is located in Frankfurt am Main
Frankfurt (Main) Hauptwache station
Frankfurt (Main) Hauptwache station
Location within Frankfurt
Frankfurt (Main) Hauptwache station is located in Hesse
Frankfurt (Main) Hauptwache station
Frankfurt (Main) Hauptwache station
Hesse
Frankfurt (Main) Hauptwache station is located in Germany
Frankfurt (Main) Hauptwache station
Frankfurt (Main) Hauptwache station
Location within Germany
Frankfurt (Main) Hauptwache station is located in Europe
Frankfurt (Main) Hauptwache station
Frankfurt (Main) Hauptwache station
Location within Europe

With 181,000 passengers per day, Hauptwache station is the third-busiest rapid transit station in Frankfurt after Frankfurt Central Station and Konstablerwache station and a major hub for commuter transport in the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main region. It is served by eight S-Bahn lines (S1–S6, S8, S9) and six U-Bahn lines (U1-U3, U6-U8) on 2 levels.

NameEdit

The underground station is named after a baroque building which stands on a plaza above the station. The Hauptwache building was constructed in 1730 and was used as a prison, therefore the name that translates as "main guard-house". Today the square surrounding the building is also called "Hauptwache" (formal: An der Hauptwache).

LocationEdit

Hauptwache station is situated at the western end of Frankfurt's main shopping street, the Zeil. Konstablerwache station is located at the eastern end of the Zeil.

HistoryEdit

In 1961 the Frankfurt city council agreed to build a U-Bahn network. Construction began in 1963 on a line between the Nordweststadt (a new housing estate in the north-western suburbs) and the city centre. The first section opened in 1968 from Nordweststadt to Hauptwache, which was the terminus of the line until 1973, when it was extended south to Theaterplatz, now Willy-Brandt-Platz. This line (known as route A) is now used by trains on lines U1–U3 and U8. In 1986 the east-west route C opened, which is used by trains on lines U6 and U7.

Deutsche Bundesbahn committed to build an S-Bahn network in 1962, but no new line was opened until 28 May 1978, when the first section of the City Tunnel from the central station to Hauptwache was opened. Hauptwache was the terminus of the S-Bahn until 1983, when the line was extended to Konstablerwache, at the other end of the Zeil shopping street. In 1986 the tramline serving Hauptwache was closed.

 
Shopping arcade and entrance to the station

Operational UsageEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Stationspreisliste 2019" [Station price list 2019] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 17 July 2018. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  2. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland (German railway atlas) (2009/2010 ed.). Schweers + Wall. 2009. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0.