The station „Bahnhof Südkreuz“ is a „Turmbahnhof“ of the Deutsche Bahn at the crossroads of the Berliner Ringbahn and Anhalterbahn or Anhalter suburban railway. The station, formerly called Papestraße, is located in the Schöneberg district of Berlin. It is a transfer point between ICE, IC / EC, EuroNight and local trains as well as S-Bahn. There is no transfer to the subway station at the Südkreuz station, but there are stops on the west and east side of the BVG’s inner-city bus services, while long-distance bus lines stop at the station.
The intersection station with ten platform platforms is the third largest railway station in Berlin and is one of the 21 stations of the highest station category 1 of DB Station & Service.
In the course of the „mushroom concept“ for the Berlin long-distance and regional rail network decided in 1991, the old station Papestraße was fundamentally rebuilt from 2003 onwards. With the commissioning on May 27, 2006, he received the name Südkreuz.
The Südkreuz train station has always been a tower railway station (such as Berlin’s main railway station). On the upper level, the ringroad runs in the southeast-northwest direction, the S-Bahn lines of which are on a central platform covered by the ring railway hall. On the lower level runs north-south direction the north-south long-distance railway, which leads as an Anhalterbahn in the direction of Halle (Saale) and Leipzig as well as Dresden route to Dresden. Here, three central platforms are available for long-distance and regional transport; All platforms are accessible via lifts.
Two railroad tracks run past the platform directly south of the Ringbahnhalle.
The third long-distance railway line was initially only completed in carcass construction and was originally intended to be available after the restart of the Dresden railway line on the Berlin urban area after 2010. After a series of operational disturbances as a result of the Kyrill, the decision was taken at the beginning of 2007 to expand the platform by the end of 2007 and put it into operation in order to create additional usable capacities.
The three long-distance platforms have a length of 405 meters, the parallel S-Bahn platform is 152 meters long.
Both S-Bahnsteige are occupied as two out of 20 so-called S-Bahn funicular stations with a local supervision.
The ring railway hall is 183 meters long and 47 meters wide. It consists of 24,900 m³ of concrete, 2400 tons of steel and 3700 m ² of glass surface. To the east and west, there are 2,000 square meters of entrance halls, each of which houses various shops. The station was built for 115 million euros.
In a parking garage next to the station there are 202 parking spaces on a parking lot with access from the south side. Deutsche Bahn is looking for an investor to invest further. To the north of the Ringbahnhalle is another parking deck, but still without access roads. Due to the traffic-favorable situation, among other things due to the proximity to the Autobahnkreuz Schöneberg, car parks with a capacity of approximately 2500 parking spaces were provided.
Berlin Südkreuz was originally listed as Berlin Papestrasse with the abbreviation BPAP and the variants BPAPR (Ringbahn) as well as BPAPV (Vorortbahn). The abbreviation BPAF (Berlin Papestraße Fernbahnhof) can also be found in the TPIS. The BSKR stands for Berlin Südkreuz (Ringbahn) and BSKV for the lower S-Bahn platform Berlin Südkreuz (suburban railway).
Deutsche Bahn is testing new mobility, information and energy concepts at the station. „The station is one of 30 projects at the International Electric Vehicle Inventory Berlin-Brandenburg, organized by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Transport and Transport And digital infrastructure.
On the roof of the station, a wind turbine was installed at the beginning of May 2014 to generate electricity for the charging of electric cars and electric bicycles. This is the first wind turbine on a station roof in Germany. In the summer of the same year, a solar photovoltaic system with a surface area of 53 m² and an annual profit of 8000 kWh followed. A MicroSmart Grid takes over the temporary storage of the generated energy and distribution to charging points for electric cars and electric bikes as well as to an inductive charging system for an electric bus of the BVG.
To test new passenger information systems, three electronic car level indicators were installed on the platform 3/4 at the end of October 2014, which display the car series and additional information in real-time and, in addition to remote and regional trains. Furthermore, so-called „mobility monitors“ at the platform access point to further mobility offers at the station, Such as distance and city buses with their actual departures, as well as location and availability of car-sharing and rental bicycles.