Vienna never had a main train station. Traditionally trains arrive at three different terminal stations depending if they come from the west, north or south and east. Plans to change this rather inefficient structure and build one central station were already discussed in the 19th century, but the elevated costs of such a project prevented its realisation up until now. In 2007 works on the 850-million Euro investment started, and the new Hauptbahnhof will be partially in service from December 9th, 2012. It will take until 2015, though, until construction work will be finished. The station – designed by Austrian architects Hotz/Hoffmann with a characteristic irregular roof – will not only serve as a transport hub, but also include a shopping center and office spaces. In the adjacent area to the south of the station a completely new neighbourhood – Sonnwendviertel – with around 5.000 apartments, more office spaces and a sizeable park will be erected.
Photo: ÖBB/Roman Bönsch