Wien Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof

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Wien Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof
Alsergrund (Wien) - Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof.JPG
Facade of the Bank Austria office building
LocationVienna-Alsergrund
Austria
Coordinates48°13′34″N 16°21′40″E / 48.2261°N 16.3611°E / 48.2261; 16.3611Coordinates: 48°13′34″N 16°21′40″E / 48.2261°N 16.3611°E / 48.2261; 16.3611
Owned byAustrian Federal Railways (ÖBB)
Tracks5
Construction
Structure typeat-grade
History
Opened1872

Wien Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof (translated as Vienna Franz Joseph Station, abbreviated as Wien FJB) is a train station in the Alsergrund district of Vienna, Austria. It serves as the southern terminus of the Emperor Franz Joseph Railway.

History[edit]

Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof about 1905

A first provisional terminus opened with the inauguration of the first section of the Emperor Franz Joseph Railway from Vienna to Eggenburg in 1870. The Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof, lavishly designed in a historicist Ringstraße style, was built at the present site from 1872 onwards and finished six years later. In 1907 it received access to the Vienna tramway network providing a direct connection to the Westbahnhof, Nordwestbahnhof, Nordbahnhof (Praterstern) railway stations.

During World War II it was damaged by strategic bombing and a blaze in April 1945, nevertheless it was the first of the Vienna main railway stations to resume operations after the war. Re-erected in a simple manner, the reception building served as a backdrop for the 1968 film Mayerling starring Omar Sharif and Catherine Deneuve. The desolate structure was finally demolished in 1974. The new station building, including large-scale office facilities above the tracks, was inaugurated in 1978. The adjacent Althanstraße (UZA) lecture hall complex of the Vienna University was finished in 1995.

Operational usage[edit]

Formerly the terminal station of the international Vindobona train from Berlin Ostbahnhof via Dresden and Prague, Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof today serves as a regional train station, used by Regional-Express trains to Krems, Gmünd, Tulln, and to České Velenice in the Czech Republic. It is the terminus of the Vienna S-Bahn line S40 to St. Pölten Hauptbahnhof.

The station also hosts a grocery store supplying the local population outside regular shopping hours.

References[edit]

  • Kaiser, Wolfgang (2011). Die Wiener Bahnhöfe. Geschichte, Gegenwart und Zukunft [Vienna's Railway Stations: Past, Present and Future] (in German). München: GeraMond. ISBN 9783862451104. OCLC 724801367.

External links[edit]

Media related to Wien Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof at Wikimedia Commons