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YOU ARE HERE: LONG-GONE ENTRANCE TO THE U-BAHNHOF HALLESCHES TOR

The original - no longer exisitng -  entrance to the U-Bahn station Hallesches Tor in Gtischiner Strasse

The original – no longer existing – entrance to the U-Bahn station Hallesches Tor in Gitschiner Strasse in 1967 (photo by Jürgen Gerhardy through http://www.u-bahn-archiv.de)

hallesches tor hallesche ufer (2)_cleaned

The same spot today

 U-Bahnhof station Hallesches Tor on the overground (in Kreuzberg) U1 Line is one of the oldest U-Bahn stations in Berlin. Opened on February 18th, 1902 it was designed by two exceptionally skilled architects, Hermann Solf und Franz Wichards. Sadly, the two little towers flanking the main entrance and bearing the winged wheels as symbols of the company that built the line no longer exist.

Hallesches Tor still under construction in 1901 - the towers and the wheels already there

Hallesches Tor still under construction in 1901 – the towers and the wheels already there

Neither do any of the original entrances to the tunnels of today´s underground U6 line – Linie C as it was known when first opened in 1923. Built to connect the overhead line with the underground one and make the changing quicker and easier, the tunnels led in the direction of today´s Mehringplatz (Belle-Alliance-Platz then). Those wishing to travel further north or south had quite a long walk before them if changing from the east-west line of U1.

Since the U1 line was a private one and the Linie C (U6) belonged to the city of Berlin they were in fact competing with each other. Berlin city council refused to pay for the re-modelling of the bridge and hence the rather inconvenient arrangement as far as the pedestrian connections between the lines went. Instead of placing the Linie C station under or right next to the bridge, it had it built right under the Rondelle of Belle-Alliance-Platz. This has not changed with time – although both lines became indispensable and as such equally important.

After WW2 the serious damages that the station suffered were taken care of but all of the old entrances proved to be redundant after Hallesches Tor was re-modelled again.

The position of the Gitschiner Strasse entrance in the 1920s.

The position of the Gitschiner Strasse entrance in the 1920s.

If you were wondering where the other vanished entrances were, look for instance at the Döner Imbiss at the main entrance. One of them is right behind it…

6 comments on “YOU ARE HERE: LONG-GONE ENTRANCE TO THE U-BAHNHOF HALLESCHES TOR

  1. berlioz1935
    March 27, 2013

    Towards the end of the war the tunnel of the C line was flooded by the Nazis that made the line unusable for month.

    • notmsparker
      March 27, 2013

      I read about it somewhere as well. I hope there were no people hiding in them at the time like in the U7 between Moeckernbruecke and Gleisdreieck…

      • berlioz1935
        March 28, 2013

        Well, there were people in the tunnel fighting and hiding. In Friedrichstrasse there were plenty of open bomb craters and I could see many corpses floating in the water that filled the tunnel.

        The reality of war hit me hard watching “Unsere Mütter. unsere Väter” on YouTube.

  2. bojana234
    May 12, 2016

    Thank you very much for the article! Could you share the sources of images with me, please? I am working on a school project on this site. Thank you!

    • notmsparker
      May 12, 2016

      Hi Bojana,

      You will find the info about the sources for the first and the last image on the images itself or in their captions. The second image is my own. As for the lovely photo of Hallesche Brücke and Hallesches Tor, it seems to be Waldemar Tietzenthaler whose works are collected at Berlin´s Landesarchiv. You will find the image in their online catalogue (in Bilderbestand) as Bestand : F Rep. 290
      Standardansicht
      Verzeichnungseinheit : II4983
      Kastennummer : K00054
      Datierung : 1901
      Systematikgruppe : 04.01. Straßen
      Angabe des Objektes : Blücherplatz (Kreuzberg)
      Beschreibung : und Hochbahn Hallesches Tor
      Fotograf : Titzenthaler, Waldemar

      Good luck with your project and greetings from Berlin-Kreuzberg!
      Bee

  3. bojana234
    May 12, 2016

    Thank you!!

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