November 20, 2015

2052 GERMANY (Bremen) - Bremen Hauptbahnhof

Situated to the Northeast of the city centre, Bremen Hauptbahnhof (German for Bremen main station) sees 100 long-distance and 410 regional trains per day. About 100,000 passengers per day use the station, which features nine platform tracks. The sculptures on the façade, among other railway-related symbolisms, depict the coats of arms of the cities of Bremen and Hamburg, the original destinations of the line. In front of the rail station is a sculpture by Jörg Immendorff, Affentor I (Ape Gate).

Bremen's first train station was opened in 1847 on the site of today's station, on the line to Hanover. In 1870 was built another station some hundred metres north of the old station, which couldn't cope with the additional Rollbahn traffic. Eventually, it was decided that a single station would be better, and so today's station was built from 1886 to 1891 after plans by Hubert Stier, with sculptures by Diedrich Samuel Kropp and Carl Dopmeyer.

About the stamps
The first stamps, depicting a tagetes, belong to the set Blumen, about which I wrote here.

The second stamp, designed by Annette Stahmer and Andre Heers using a photo by Gert Bassewitz, was issued on March 2, 2015 to celebrate 350 years since the foundation of the University of Kiel.

Bremen Hauptbahnhof - Wikipedia

Sender: Ulrike / Bearilyn (postcrossing) DE-4700827
sent from Syke (Lower Saxony / Germany), on 10.11.2015
Photo: Torsten Kruger

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