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Rethinking railway stations

Railway stations are already hubs of public life. We want to exploit this potential. Transit stations should become real points of reference between home and work, where people can feel comfortable and exchange ideas. Whether you are going to work, to university or to meet friends: We all have our destinations - and the first thing on any journey is usually the train station.

That's why Deutsche Bahn is launching Smart City | DB, a comprehensive project to increase safety, cleanliness and general well-being in the station areas. We call them Places.


The forecourt with quality of stay

In the middle of the Schäl Sick, the station Köln-Mülheim surprises with a new design of the forecourt. The open space kit offers seating for a coffee in the sun, shady places to linger, a playground for children and green islands as an urban plant laboratory. The project is the result of a partnership between the City of Cologne and the NVR, with the aim of transforming the forecourt into a quality place to stay.

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The new Place in your neighbourhood

For residents of the neighbourhood, Charlottenburg station is a place for everyday life and encounters. For travellers and commuters, it is an important hub for passenger traffic.

On the basis of city dialogues and data-based analyses, we addressed the individual needs of the neighbourhood last year and subjected the station to a comprehensive redesign - from fundamental renovations in the building to the integration of new usage concepts around the station.

Last year, Stuttgarter Platz, was converted into a neighbourhood platform for the first time in the form of a pilot project. But the new Place at Charlottenburg station is just starting to take off: This summer, our partners from the local area will again be providing a varied range of services. And you too are in demand: Together we can bring the Stutti to new life.

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Kiezplattform Charlottenburg

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Hamburg Dammtor

The digital railway station in the heart of the city

As a partner of ITS, we support the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg in the project of integrating innovative urban concepts into cities. Dammtor station is the "gate of ITS" and acts as a hub for new mobility and logistics products. This is where we start and establish - for the first time in Germany - new, digital information systems on the platforms. We take up the link between travel, digitalisation and nature in the form of digital art projects and thus create a link to the adjacent park landscape.

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The station with a sense of nature

The symbiosis of sustainability, culture and quality of life within the "Bahnhof" area is particularly noticeable in Harburg. In cooperation with local institutions, the potential of the station is unfolded and a place is created which promotes the ecological commitment of the district.
In addition to intensive green work, a bee hotel will be erected on the track in cooperation with the local workshop for the disabled. The art association and jazz club in the signal box benefit from architectural alterations.

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