Bülowstraße, 1903

One of the most iconic things about Berlin is surely its subway lines. Like a yellow snake it makes its way through the city, it’s so recognizable and its shade of yellow so particular. Berliners and visitors alike seem to love it so much, also the tiles underground stations that often have beautiful patterns that have been cherished and capture many times for Instagram.

But there was a time when the U-Bahn and S-Bahn stations had quite a different aesthetic. At the turn of the 19th to 20th century they were glorious big buildings with stunning architecture. Thanks to the fact that Berlin’s streets weren’t so dense with buildings at the time these stations really stood out in their places, having so much room to breath. Some of the stations actually remained like that for over 100 years until now, while others have been reconstructed or rebuild in more modern ways. Many subway stations have indeed been replaced with simple staircases into the underground without a building on top.

Today we want to take a look back at the history of Berlin’s most beautiful and stunning U-Bahn and S-Bahn stations. Enjoy!

Nollendorfplatz, 1903

Inside former Lehrter Bahnhof

Line U1, Wassertorplatz, 1901

Prinzenstraße, 1900

Jannowitzbrücke, 1890

S-Bahn bridge, 1882

Former Börse Station (now Hackesche Markt), 1882

Wittenbergplatz, 1900


Schlesisches Tor, 1900

Bridge at Landwehrkanal, 1900

Friedrichstraße, 1885

Alexanderplatz, 1885

Hallesches Tor, 1900

Former Lehrter Bahnhof (now Hauptbahnhof), 1900

Friedrichstraße, 1900

Möckernbrücke, 1902

Alexanderplatz, 1904

Gleisdreieck, 1901

Hausvogteiplatz, 1908

U2 Station Danziger Straße (now Eberswalder Str), 1913

Check out this cool detail: The line U2 used to go through one building between Gleisdreieck and Bülowstraße:

Line U2 at Dennewitzplatz, 1900

Line U2 Dennewitzstraße, 1905

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on April 26th, 2016
in Photos