Hermannplatz, first station with escalators

Hermannplatz

Hermannplatz station first opened on 11 April 1926 – it  it is one of the busiest stations on the Berlin U-Bahn system.

The second platform, built above the original, was opened on 17 July 1927 to serve what is now the U8 line.

The station’s architects were Alfred Grenander and Alfred Fehse.

The station was the first on the Berlin network to be fitted with escalators, which connected the two platforms.

Until 1930, tram lines were present on all the streets converging on Hermannplatz,  the last tram however, ran on 1 October 1964.

The station was used as an air raid shelter during the Second World War, some of the original tunnels used remain with signage from that period.

Today, the square is a hub of activity in one of the most densely populated areas of Berlin.

It has therefore retained its status as a transport hub.

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Ticket collectors attacked at Berlin station as crowd eggs on aggressors

Sep 5, 2017On Monday afternoon four men attacked two ticket collectors who had caught a fare-dodger at Hermannplatz U-Bahn station, police report. A crowd then gathered to encourage them.