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Vienna Hauptbahnhof celebrates opening

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Vienna Hauptbahnhof celebrates opening
The new station has a distinctive diamond-shaped roof. Photo: apa/hans punz
10:36 CEST+02:00
Vienna Hauptbahnhof - the city's newly developed main train station in the Favoriten district - is celebrating its opening on October 10th and 11th with a host of free events.

After five years of construction, at a cost of around €1 billion, Wien Hauptbahnhof replaces the old Südbahnhof terminus and links four major railway lines converging on Vienna from the north, east, west and south.

It features a new shopping centre with around 90 shops, a food market, cafes and restaurants.

The new station will offer significantly improved connections, mainly to international destinations. The main access will be at Südtiroler Platz, so that the station has better connections to the U-Bahn system, and will also be accessible by S-Bahn, tram and bus lines.

From December 14th night trains to Berlin, Bucharest, Düsseldorf, Florence, Hamburg, Hanover, Cologne, Krakow, Milan, Munich, Rome, Venice, Verona and Zurich will depart from the station. A new daily high-speed train service via Graz to Prague will depart every two hours.

The celebrations kick off at 10am on Friday with excerpts from the hit musical Mama Mia!, and will feature performances by stars from the ski and snowboarding world championships and an evening concert by Belgian singer-writer Milow. On Saturday funk and soul act Andie Gabauer and the Hot Pants Road Club will perform at 7.30pm.

Details of the full programme can be found on the station's website

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