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!
Inside former Lehrter Bahnhof
Line U1, Wassertorplatz, 1901
S-Bahn bridge, 1882
Former Börse Station (now Hackesche Markt), 1882
Schlesisches Tor, 1900
Bridge at Landwehrkanal, 1900
Hallesches Tor, 1900
Former Lehrter Bahnhof (now Hauptbahnhof), 1900
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