Bridges, Railway Bridges

Humboldthafen Bridge

© Jürgen Schmidt

As the largest crossing station in Europe, the new central station creates a nodal point, which connects all four cardinal directions. The new railway bridges of the central station cross the Humboldthafen in the center of Berlin, close to the Reichstag and the chancellery. To be able to carry seven tracks in a curve and at varying distances in plan and still looking light and transparent from any position, four independent and compact concrete decks were chosen which are supported on steel arches. The joints of the tubes and their connections with the concrete deck and the piers are made for the first time in modern railway bridge engineering from cast steel. Since these joints are from any point of view, from aesthetics through weldability to durability, superior to directly welded tubes the bridge also contributes as an innovation to tubular and composite structures.

Berlin, Germany
gmp · Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
Deutsche Bahn AG
Project Responsibility
Hans Schober


Technical Data

190 m
Main span
60 m
Depth of concrete deck
1.70 m
Deck surface
8,422 m²
Arch tubes
Ø 660 mm, t = 100 mm
Cast steel
GS 20 Mn5V
Deutscher Brückenbaupreis 2008




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