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Berlin Hauptbanhof




The Berlin's "Central Train Station" develops on five levels.


The highest level, on a bridge 10 metres above street level, holds the platforms for both long-distance and S-Bahn trains on the existing Stadbahn.


The lowest level, 15 metres underground, hosts platforms served by new tunnels to Potsdamer Platz under the Spree and the Tiergarten, forming a new north-south line running to the northern part of the S-Bahn ring around central Berlin.


Quite unique to this station is the crossing of train lines going north-south (lower level) with those going east-west (upper level).


There is no rail connection between the upper and lower level track in the station area (or anywhere else nearby). The estimated 350.000 passengers per day easily reach any of the track by the many escalators and lifts


1,800 trains call at the station per day


The station is used by InterCityExpress, Intercity, RegionalExpress, RegionalBahn and S-Bahn trains. The station also hosts several international trains, and the most distant cities reached are Novosibirsk (Russia) and Astana (Kazakhstan), with an express named "Sibirjak". The upper part of the station, with the east-west tracks, is part of the Berlin Stadtbahn, with trains leading to locations like Hanover or Cologne. The subterranean station, which lies in the north-south Tiergarten tunnel, offers long distance services to Hamburg, Leipzig or Munich.




tech bits:


handheld camera

9 horizontal HDR images

each out of -2/0/+2 stop HDR in Photomatix pro

stitched vertically in Photoshop

increased brightness and vibrance a bit

tweaked levels to warm up image a bit


detail enhance:

duplicate layer

desaturate (-80% - my taste)

apply "high pass" filter

layer merge with hard light

decrease layer opacity to 50% (my taste)


other details on image/camera exif info page


press L to see the photo large on black (it's much nicer) - also check "view all sizes" to appreciate the many image details


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Taken on July 12, 2012