is the Hauptbahnhof
of the city of Duisburg
in western Germany
. It is situated at the meeting point of many important national and international railway lines in the Northwestern Ruhr valley
The station is situated at the northern end of the relatively straight Duisburg to Düsseldorf
railway line which has to cope with one of the highest daily loads in continental Europe. This line is slated to be widened to six tracks in the near future. Currently it has 4, in some places 5 tracks. Parallel to it to the east is the local line to Duisburg-Wedau , remnant of a relief line to Düsseldorf which only sees a local shuttle service today but is heavily used by freight trains (which usually don't run through the station but bypass it on a freight-only line 2 miles to the east). The third line from the south is the railway line to Krefeld
. This crosses the River Rhine
and then splits into the main line and a branch to Moers
North of the station 7 tracks run to the Ruhr
crossing (which is a sight on the "Route der Industriekultur" (Route of industrial heritage) due to a maze of girder bridges) where 3 tracks split for Oberhausen
and on to Antwerp
. The 4-tracked main line turns east and runs via Essen
The station is an important hub for InterCityExpress
trains from and to the Netherlands
. It also is an important connection point for RegionalExpress
lines and has two S-Bahn
lines of the Rhein-Ruhr S-Bahn
calling at the station. A nearby Stadtbahn
station offers local connections as well as trams to Mülheim an der Ruhr
Trams and buses call at the northern concourse (not connected to the main hall). There is another bus station at the eastern end of the main concourse, but not all lines serving the station call there.
Taxis are available at both ends of the main concourse.
The station is directly connected to the motorway A59
whichs runs under the plaza in front of the main entrance.
Long-distance coaches depart from a small bus station at the city end of the station (behind the taxi ranks, to the left).
The current station building dates from the 1930s and was modelled after the train station in Kalinigrad
. After WW2 it was extensively rebuilt and many features (such as murals in the main concourse) were lost. Its 6 platforms are covered by a train shed at their southern ends and modern canopies to the north where there is a second concourse housing the bus and tram stops.
The station today has a rather drab feeling with the train shed in need of repair as there are quite a number of holes in the roof.
As is usual with station of its size, Duisburg Hbf has a number of shops on its concourse and in the main hall. These include a book shop, a barber shop, several telecommunication accessories dealers, 2 bars, a small gambling arcade and several bakers and fast food stalls.
The booking hall is located in the main hall (city exit), and lockers are provided at the beginning of the concourse to the right, next to the toilets.
In the station building outside the concourse there is a hotel and local newspaper offices, and there used to be a fairly large night club which closed in early 2006 and has remained empty since.