Pforzheim Hauptbahnhof

  • Karlsruhe- Muehlacker (km 26.3 ) ( KBS 770 / 710.5 )
  • Pforzheim- Bad Wildbad ( -2.9 km ) ( KBS 710.6 )
  • Pforzheim- Horb (km 0.0) ( KBS 774)


The Pforzheim Central Station established in 1861 north of Pforzheim city center as a through station on the railway line from Karlsruhe to precinct.


The first Pforzheimer station was opened on July 3, 1861 the line Karlsruhe - Muehlacker the Baden State Railways. On 29 May 1863, the entire route was completed by Muehlacker where connection was to the west of the Württemberg State Railways train from Stuttgart to Bruchsal. With the opening of Enztalbahn to Wildbad (11 June 1868) and the Nagoldtalsperre Valley Railway to Horb (1 June 1874) is Pforzheim developed for connecting station with considerable volume of traffic. Both routes were operated by the Württemberg State Railways; they were given their own platform tracks to the west of the station.

1861 resulting reception building was a Neoclassical building, consisting of a long, single-storey and two-storey central block, transverse wings. The station building was destroyed during the Second World War, the air raid on Pforzheim on 23 February 1945.

The construction of the new station building was opened in June 1958. The architect was Helmuth Conradi (1903-1973), who had already designed the reception building of 1955 opened Heidelberg main station. Determining component is the lobby, which opens with a floor to eaves continuous glass surface to the station forecourt. A very thin canopy marks the main entrance; his disguise with gold anodized aluminum plates refers to the importance of the watch and jewelery industry for Pforzheim. Inside the hall are ceiling strips, which continue on the long wall, used for indirect lighting. The lobby is surrounded by two walls of granite, no windows on the left and on the right with a station clock and a large window in a trapezoidal shape; the premises open to the side of the track. The two wings with the station restaurant and a bus shelter retreat behind the line of flight of the reception building. The building, which is regarded as "one of the most elegant and contemporary reception building of the German Railways ", since 1989 is a listed building.

In early February 2011, started the reorganization of the central station. It should at a total cost of around seven million euros by the installation of lifts created barrier-free access to the platforms. The platforms are thereby increased to 55 inches above top of rail to create a ground-level access to the trains.

Train services

As a railway station on the East-West connection from Paris via Strasbourg, Karlsruhe, Stuttgart and Munich to Vienna Pforzheim was 1883 stop of the Orient Express. Wildbad, the end point of Enztalbahn was as important spa decades the goal of coaches compounds, the car changes were made ​​to the guidelines of the Enztalbahn part in Pforzheim. The last coaches compounds to Wildbad were set in 1995. The Nagold Valley Railway served mainly the transport; 1952-1964 frequented a fast train from Frankfurt coming over Pforzheim and Horb to Constance.

The Pforzheim Hauptbahnhof lost from 1991 to importance for the long-distance traffic, as since the commissioning of the high-speed line Mannheim -Stuttgart is the possibility for long-distance trains between Karlsruhe and Stuttgart, Pforzheim to bypass using a compound curve at Bruchsal. The canceled long-distance connections are heavily criticized in part on the spot. In the annual timetable 2010/2011, the long-distance transport to the train station limited to the IC line 61, which runs every two hours between Nuremberg and Karlsruhe. In the transport of the main railway station is served by several lines in service at regular intervals, including an IRE / RE- line, a RB- line and two lines of the Karlsruhe Stadtbahn.

Long-distance traffic

Regional and S -Bahn