Art of the Hamburg U-Bahn

The Hamburg U-Bahn (metro) is part of a comprehensive public transport network serving Hamburg, Norderstedt and Ahrensburg. Although U-bahn means underground, most of the stations are overground. Opened in 1912, it is run by The Hamburger Verkehrsverbund (HVV) (“Hamburg Transport Association”), with a total of 91 stations on 4 lines, covering 66 route miles.

The network is still expanding, with a new station opened in December 2018 at Elbbrücken, see my recent blog post and plans to extend several lines, along with building a new line 5, with construction scheduled to start in 2022.

I’ll cover the practicalities of getting around on the U-Bahn in my next post, this one is a quick look at the artwork and design of some of the stations.

There’s a great deal of delightful station design on the U-Bahn, from the bold geomteric forms in the 1930’s Jungfernstieg to the unique colour changing LED lightboxes of HafenCity Universität, which opened in 2012. I only had a chance to spend half a day on the U-Bahn, but will be back at some point with a couple of days to spare and a wide angle lens. Meanwhile there’s another blog post about the art of the U-Bahn at Hamburg Companion.

Check the image captions for more details, and visit the U-Bahn, there’s lots more to see!


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