Dortmund Hauptbahnhof

  • Railway Duisburg -Dortmund
  • Railway route Dortmund -Hamm
  • Railroad Elberfeld- Dortmund
  • Railway Dortmund-Oberhausen/Duisburg
  • Railway Ruhrort -Dortmund
  • Railway route Dortmund - Soest
  • Railway route Dortmund - Enschede
  • Railways from Dortmund Iserlohn


Dortmund Hauptbahnhof is an intercity train station, one for the passenger to the main railway hubs in Germany and has 16 platform tracks. He is frequented daily by about 130,000 passengers and heard as one of the biggest main stations of Germany to the 21 stations of the highest railway station category of DB Station & Service. For the operating facilities also include the location on the road to Hamm in the east of Dortmund Dortmund sidings Bbf. Under the actual Hauptbahnhof is the same rail station, stop at four of the eight Dortmund rail lines.


Its origins the Dortmund main station where the Cologne -Minden Railway Company, which was opened just north of the city center on May 15, 1847 the station. Two years later, the Bergisch- märkische Railroad Company completed its operated as a pure railhead station south of the existing station at, here ended the regular route to Elberfeld (now Wuppertal), the route to Soest ( 1855 ) and the Ruhr route to Duisburg and Oberhausen (from 1860).

The original station building in island location, with access to the castle gate, was replaced in 1910 by a generous new building on the present site. The tracks were later set to end the obstruction of traffic through crossings with barriers. This second Dortmund main station was inaugurated on 12 December 1910 and was in his opening one of the largest of the German Empire.

On June 30, 1943, according to a dispatcher error of D 24 on a passenger train on. 28 people died, 90 were also injured.

On the evening of October 6, 1944, the railway station and the enclosed trains were destroyed by an Allied air raid on Dortmund. The attack hit next to the main train station and large parts of the city and killed at least 1148 people.

The station building Dortmund's central station was replaced after the Second World War in 1952 by a functional building. He is regarded as insignificant, but houses important motif glass windows from the former workplace of Dortmund. Five large glass images documented Dortmund's economy. In the middle of that presented the city as one of the Work, left and right, framed by a steel worker, a blast furnace workers, a brewer and a bridge builder. As part of the renovation work of the station, the glass images were dismantled and transported to the exhibition in the Hattinger industry Henrichshütte. They were replaced by facsimiles.

On December 18, 1954 in a construction site situation a serious railway accident occurred in the station area: Due to a switch incorrectly identified the extension end N 2903 and the retracting EKi 4224 collided. 15 people died and 71 others were injured.

In the reception building of the Dortmund main station was originally housed a cinema. Since 1986, existed in a former cinema, the disco Live Station. In April 2009, the nightclub in the course of the preparations of the renovation completed final.

The new station building from 1910

The central station during the occupation of the Ruhr in September 1924

Conversion and rehabilitation

From 1997, a new building of the Dortmund main station was discussed. The original plan was overbuilding in the form of an " over-sized UFOs " with 80,000 square meters of floor space. On October 7, 1998, a memorandum of understanding between the Deutsche Bahn, the state of North Rhine -Westphalia and Westdeutsche Immobilien Bank was signed. By 2002, the 850 - million -DM project should be completed. The plans for the so-called " Dortmunder UFO" but were discarded and not further pursued.

Early 2001 was found with the Portuguese group Sonae investors Imobilia ria a new investor. Already in the first quarter of 2001, new designs of architecture should be implemented and the 1.2 - billion -DM project to be completed by 2006. The new building was called 3do. 75 million euros and 55 million euros federal state funds were committed. There were plans for 36,000 square feet of retail and 26,500 square feet of entertainment space. On 3 February 2006, the branch eating the Federal Railway Authority (EBA ) summarized the planning decision for " 3do ". On 28 February 2007, the German railway was known, however, that the investor has the final agreement did not want to sign.

Through the two-time failure of a new building was erected on the Dortmund main station a significant investment deficit. Only the head platforms ( tracks 2-5) and the platform to the S -Bahn lines S1 and S2 ( tracks 6-7) have a public elevator. For all other platforms can be used instead, and only at the request of not integrated into the pedestrian area freight elevator. Thus Dortmund has one of the last Stations not yet accessible as accessible platforms.

Therefore, in the summer of 2009 began the renovation of the Dortmund main station by a conversion.

In a first phase, first the reception building and related operational areas were gutted. During construction, the travel center of the DB and the restaurant a fast-food chain in containers were placed outside the station. Federal police station and mission were also housed in containers on the north side. On 17 June 2011, the first phase of construction was completed formal. Of the total cost of 23 million euros, the federal government contributed 13.3 million euros, the country of 1.4 million euros and the German train 8.3 million.

In a second phase, which is expected to begin in 2017, the station tunnel and the approaches need to be updated to the platforms. The tunnel is to be here widened and equipped with elevators. According to current planning, no more stores are planned in the tunnel. For this, a new station concourse will be built in the area of ​​North output. Overall, the conversion will take about 5 years to complete. As part of the reconstruction works of the eastern railway station tunnel is to be reshaped with access to light rail. At the same time should also be made the connection of the Rhine -Ruhr Express, while the track plan are fully redesigned.


Long-distance traffic

All trains of the Long-distance passenger traffic, serving Dortmund main station are operated by DB AG distance transport.

With a total of 297 arrivals and departures regular transport and long-distance trains per day the Hauptbahnhof Dortmund took the summer timetable 1989 Rank 6 of the most important node in the network of the German Federal Railroad.

Regional Transport


The lines of the Stadtbahn Dortmund are operated by the DSW21. From Dortmund Westfalenhalle, on line U45 U46 further than to Brunnen street, at events to stadium.


On the north side of the main station there is the bus station, from which depart the long-distance bus and charter buses. Next to this are the stops of the bus lines 452, 453, 455, 456 and 475

Before Steinwache the lines 9 and NE NE hold 11

On the wall in front of the king of the south entrance of the station keep the lines S 30, 444, 460, 7 NE, NE 8, NE 12, NE 13, NE 22 and the Airport Express.