Koblenz Hauptbahnhof

Koblenz Hauptbahnhof
Deutsche Bahn
Through station

Station building and station forecourt
Location Bahnhofsplatz 2, Koblenz, Rhineland-Palatinate
Coordinates 50°21′2.76″N 7°35′21.63″E / 50.3507667°N 7.5893417°E / 50.3507667; 7.5893417Coordinates: 50°21′2.76″N 7°35′21.63″E / 50.3507667°N 7.5893417°E / 50.3507667; 7.5893417
Platforms 10
Architect Fritz Klingholz
Architectural style Baroque Revival
Other information
Station code 3299[1]
DS100 codeKKO[2]
Website www.bahnhof.de
Opened 1 May 1902
Passengers 40,000

Koblenz Hauptbahnhof is a railway station in the city of Koblenz in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. It is the focal point of rail transport in the Rhine-Moselle-Lahn area. It is a through station in southern Koblenz built below Fort Großfürst Konstantin and opened in 1902 in the Neustadt (new city), which was built after the demolition of the city walls in 1890. The station replaced two former stations on the Left Rhine railway, which were only 900 m apart, and the former Moselle line station. Koblenz-Stadtmitte station opened in April 2011 in the old centre of Koblenz. Koblenz Hauptbahnhof is on the West Rhine Railway and connects to the Moselle line, the East Rhine Railway and to the Lahn Valley Railway. It is used daily by about 40,000 travelers and visitors. In the station forecourt are a bus station and a pavilion.

Since 2002, the station has been part of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley UNESCO World Heritage site.


Rhenish railway station

Map of railway lines in the Koblenz area

The Bonn-Cologne Railway Company opened its line between Cologne and Bonn in 1844, and extended it to Rolandseck in 1856. This company was taken over by the Rhenish Railway Company in 1857, which extended the line to Koblenz in 1858. On 11 November 1858, the first train, hauled by the locomotive Windsbraut ("whirlwind") ran over the newly built Moselle railway bridge on the Left Rhine line to a provisional station in the street of Fischelstraße. The construction of the bridge and the line was made possible by the first demolition of the Prussian city walls.

In 1859, the route was extended from Koblenz to Bingerbrück and the Rhenish station was expanded. In 1864 the Pfaffendorf Bridge was opened over the Rhine in Koblenz. It was initially built for trains only, connecting the Left and the Right Rhine lines. The last trains crossed the Pfaffendorf Bridge at the beginning of the First World War in August 1914.

Moselle station

In October 1878 the Güls railway bridge was inaugurated on the Moselle line and a year later this was followed by the completion of the Horchheim rail bridge over the Rhine. In 1879, Moselle line was put into operation and its station (Moselbahnhof) was opened below Fort Constantin, near the modern Hauptbahnhof. This line completed the expansion of the Koblenz rail network and was also a section of the strategic railway line between Berlin and Metz, the so-called Cannons Railway (Kanonenbahn).

Construction of the railway station

Arrival of Emperor Wilhelm II at the Rhenish station in 1893

The Prussian fortifications of Koblenz were abandoned and torn down completely from 1890. The built up area of the city spread outside the small area inside the old walls for the first time. South of the walls a new urban area rapidly grew up along with the southern suburbs. The maintenance of two stations proved to be very complicated, because through trains had to stop twice within 900 m and passengers coming from Trier and wanting to travel on the right Rhine line to the north had to take a horse-drawn cab or walk between the Moselle and the Rhenish station. Thus demands for a central station became louder and planning started on the construction of a new and larger passenger station.

The small Rhenish station in Fischelstraße was abandoned and a magnificent new station was built in the new southern suburbs near the Moselle station from 1899 to 1902 to a design by Fritz Klingholz. The Central Station (Centralbahnhof), as it was officially called at that time, was opened on 1 May 1902. The through station was built like a palace with central and side pavilions, although for functional reasons it was not completely symmetrical. The facades were made of tuff and yellow sandstone in a neo-baroque style. The station building has a length of 96 m. A hall was built over the platforms. The northern wing of the royal room (Fürstenzimmer) was richly decorated and had direct access via a flight of stairs to platform 1, on which the Emperor arrived in Koblenz in 1905.

After the Second World War

The station building and the railway tracks were damaged in air raids during the Second World War. Reconstruction began in 1946. The station lost the hall structure over its platforms and its tower building. The reconstructions were different from the original buildings, simply built and without ornamentation. Functional roofs were installed over the platforms. In 1957 the Rhine line was electrified. In 1967 a new railway station signal box was opened and in 1977 the lobby was renovated. The travel centre was opened in 1984. In 1998 renovation of the station began and it is still continuing.

Train services

Panorama in 2003

Koblenz station has a total of ten platform tracks on four platforms, seven of which are through-tracks (1 to 5, 8 and 9) and three are terminal tracks (104, 105 and 109).

Trains on the Left Rhine line from the north can use almost all tracks (1 to 5, 8 and 104), while Mosel line trains only use the three western tracks (5, 8 and 9). Trains on the Left Rhine line from the south can use only the eastern tracks (1 to 5 and 105), while Lahn Valley Railway and Right Rhine line trains can use all tracks (apart from the northern terminal platform, 104).

Long distance traffic

Station platform, 1971

In long-distance traffic, Koblenz is served by Intercity-Express, Intercity and EuroCity trains. Thus, almost every major city in Germany can be reached directly from Koblenz. Regional services consist of Regional-Express and Regionalbahn trains to cities within 200 kilometres towards Saarbrücken, Cologne and the Ruhr, Emmerich / Wesel, Giessen and Mainz-Frankfurt am Main.

The vectus Verkehrsgesellschaft operates trains from Koblenz via the Lahn Valley Railway to Limburg. The trans regio company operates trains on the Left Rhine line from Cologne to Koblenz (MRB26), and from Koblenz to Mainz (MRB32).

Line Route Frequency
ICE 10 Berlin Ostbahnhof Berlin Hbf Berlin-Spandau – (Wolfsburg –) Hannover Bielefeld Hamm (Westf) Hagen Wuppertal Cologne Bonn Koblenz Individual services
ICE 31 (Kiel –) Hamburg Bremen Osnabrück Münster (Westf) Dortmund Duisburg – Cologne – Bonn Koblenz Mainz Frankfurt (Main) Würzburg Nuremberg Munich Individual services
ICE 91 Dortmund – Duisburg – Cologne  – Bonn Koblenz – Mainz – Frankfurt (Main) – Würzburg – Nuremberg Passau Linz Vienna Westbf Individual services
IC/EC 30 Hamburg-Altona (individual services: Westerland –) Hamburg Hbf – Bremen – Münster (Westf) – Dortmund – Duisburg – Köln – Bonn Koblenz – Mainz Mannheim Heidelberg Stuttgart (individual services: Mannheim Karlsruhe Freiburg (Brsg) Basel SBBSwitzerland) Every 2 hours
IC/EC 31 (Fehmarn-Burg oder Kiel –) Hamburg – Bremen – Münster (Westf) – Dortmund – Hagen – Wuppertal – Cologne  –Bonn  Koblenz – Mainz – Frankfurt (Main) – Würzburg – Nuremberg (one train pair: Munich Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Mittenwald / Munich – Freilassing Berchtesgaden)  Passau Linz – Vienna (one train pair: Budapest) Every 2 hours
IC/EC 32 (Fr/Su: Berlin – Hannover – Bielefeld – Hamm (Westf) –) Dortmund – Duisburg – Cologne – Bonn - Remagen Andernach Koblenz – Mainz – Mannheim – Heidelberg – Stuttgart (one train pair: Ulm Augsburg – Munich Salzburg Klagenfurt, one train pair: Ulm Lindau Innsbruck) Every 2 hours
IC 35 Norddeich Mole Lingen Rheine – Münster (Westf) – Duisburg – Cologne – Bonn – Remagen – Andernach Koblenz  (– Koblenz – Mainz – Mannheim – Stuttgart) Individual services
IC 55 Leipzig Halle (Saale) Magdeburg Braunschweig – Hannover – Bielefeld – Hamm (Westf) – Dortmund – Duisburg oder Wuppertal – Cologne – Bonn – Remagen Koblenz – Mainz – Mannheim – Heidelberg – Stuttgart – Ulm Oberstdorf One pair of services
Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
ICE 10
select services only
towards Kiel Hbf
ICE 31
towards Dortmund Hbf
ICE 91
towards Wien Hbf
IC/EC 30
towards Stuttgart Hbf or Chur
IC/EC 31
towards Passau Hbf
IC/EC 32
towards Innsbruck Hbf
towards Emden Außenhafen or Norddeich Mole
IC/EC 35
towards Dresden Hbf
IC 55
towards Oberstdorf

Regional services

Here is an overview of all regional services, stopping in Koblenz. Apart from the VIAS-operated RheingauLinie none of the 11 lines continue through the station, all start or finish there.

Line Line name Route Frequency
RE 1 Südwest-Express(SÜWEX): Koblenz – Treis-Karden – Cochem – Bullay Wittlich Trier Hauptbahnhof – Saarburg Saarbrücken Homburg – Landstuhl Kaiserslautern Neustadt Ludwigshafen Mitte Mannheim Hourly to Homburg or Kaiserslautern, every 2 hours to Mannheim
RE 11 Südwest-Express (SÜWEX) Koblenz – Treis-Karden – Cochem – Bullay – Wittlich – Trier Hbf – Wasserbillig – Wecker – Munsbach – Sandweiler-Contern Luxemburg Hourly
RE 2 Südwest-Express (SÜWEX): KoblenzBoppardBingenMainzFrankfurt Airport (regional)Frankfurt Every 2 hours
RE 5 Rhein-Express KoblenzAndernachRemagenBonnCologneKöln Messe/DeutzDüsseldorfDuisburgEmmerich Hourly
RE 8 Rhein-Erft-Express KoblenzNeuwiedCologne/Bonn Airport – Köln Messe/Deutz – Cologne – GrevenbroichMönchengladbach Hourly
SE 10 RheingauLinie Neuwied – KoblenzRüdesheimWiesbaden – Frankfurt Hourly
RB 23 Lahn-Eifel-Bahn Mayen – Mendig – Andernach – Koblenz – Niederlahnstein – Bad Ems – Diez – Limburg (Lahn) Hourly
RE 25 Lahntalexpress KoblenzLimburg – Weilburg – Wetzlar – Gießen Every 2 hours
RB 25 Lahntalbahn Koblenz – Bad Ems – Diez – Limburg (Lahn) Hourly
MRB 26 Mittelrheinbahn Koblenz – Andernach – Remagen – Bonn – Cologne – Köln Messe/Deutz Hourly
RB 27 Rhein-Erft-Bahn Koblenz – Neuwied – Bonn-Beuel – Köln Messe/Deutz – Köln – revenbroich – Mönchengladbach Hourly
MRB 32 Mittelrheinbahn Koblenz – Boppard – Oberwesel – Bingen – Ingelheim – Mainz Hourly
RB 81 Moselbahn Koblenz – Cochem (Mosel) – Bullay – Wittlich – Trier Hourly
Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
TerminusRE 1
toward Mannheim Hbf
TerminusRE 2
toward Emmerich
RE 5
RE 8
TerminusRE 25
toward Gießen Hbf
RB 27
toward Trier Hbf
RB 81
Preceding station   VIAS   Following station
toward Neuwied
SE 10
Preceding station   trans regio   Following station
MRB 26
TerminusMRB 32
toward Mainz Hbf
Preceding station   vectus Verkehrsgesellschaft   Following station
TerminusRB 25


  1. 1 2 "Stationspreisliste 2016" [Station price list 2017] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  2. Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland (German railway atlas) (2009/2010 ed.). Schweers + Wall. 2009. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0.


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