Even most of my friends don’t know that there were some years I worked as a software developer for the leading european vendor for steel construction software. One of my tasks was to implement algorithms that analyze geometric structures on steel girders and steel-plates. And one of the buildings rised with our software was the new main railway station of Berlin.
The impressive building made of steel and glass has been opened in 2006. An average of 300.000 travellers come to this location every day. Every time I come across this place I am looking out for wrong identifiers and writings on the steel that might be caused by my programming. So far I didn’t find anything – please let me know if you are more “lucky” with this. 😉
Some practical information on this train station: Long distance trains and short distance trains stop at the upper floor as well as on the lowest floor (“Berlin Hbf. (tief)“). Be prepared to use many escalators and calculate your time for reaching the correct platform accordingly.
The S-Bahn leaves on the top floor, tracks 15 and 16. You can find lockers on the top floor in the middle of the building on the east side. If these are all blocked you can use the short time lockers (up to two hours) located at the car park on the west side – but they are quite hard to find.