Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
Another stretch of the U7 tube line between Möckernstrasse and Fehrberlinner Platz is opened. It runs the length of 5,3 km and its trains will also stop at the following stations: Yorckstraße, Kleistpark, Eisenacher Straße, Bayerischer Platz, Berliner Straße und Blissestrasse.
Contrary to what one (one such as myself, for example) could think, U7 is not one of those ancient Berlin underground lines. Until 1963 (!) it was still the south-eastern branch of the U6 line (originally Nord-Süd Bahn) and connected Belle-Alliance-Strasse (today Mehringdamm Station) with Grenzallee in Neukölln.
After separating it from U6 it was gradually extended at both ends until it reached its today´s magnificent size of 31.8 km. By the way, our lovely Gneisenaustrasse Station was introduced to the world on April, 14th 1924. In December the same year U7 stop called Hasenheide (today Südstern) began its service to the commuting nation. One look at the two (Südstern before the renovation and Gneisenaustrasse sadly still) and you´ll know: those were not good times for investments. With inflation raging like German housewives during department store winter sales, little could be offered in terms of aesthetics. On the other hand, as long as I don´t have to jump into a passing train for the lack of a platform, I´m fine with the current “Bauhaus” edition.
U7 – The Mother of All Berlin UBahn Lines. Perhaps not the oldest but definitely the biggest.