Rostock Hauptbahnhof
is the central railway station in the German
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 city of Rostock
Rostock -Early history:In the 11th century Polabian Slavs founded a settlement at the Warnow river called Roztoc ; the name Rostock is derived from that designation. The Danish king Valdemar I set the town aflame in 1161.Afterwards the place was settled by German traders...

. The station was first opened in 1886 by the Deutsch-Nordischer Lloyd, operating a combined railway/ferry line to Nykøbing
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 in Denmark. In 1894, the station was renamed to Central-Bahnhof and finally to Rostock Hauptbahnhof at the turn of the 20th century. The station saw further expansion in 1913 and 1922, but was heavily damaged in World War II
World War II
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. The importance of the classic connections to Hamburg and Copenhagen diminished after the German division, with long-distance services focusing on cities within the German Democratic Republic
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 instead. Electrification reached the station in 1985.

After German reunification, the station was extensively modernised.


The station is on the following lines:
  • Bad Kleinen–Rostock (KBS 100)
  • Warnemünde–Neustrelitz
    Lloyd Railway
    The Lloyd Railway is a railway line in the North German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Most of the line is a double-tracked, electrified main line and runs for almost 130 kilometres from Neustrelitz to Warnemünde...

     (KBS 181)
  • Rostock Hbf–Rostock Seehafen Nord
    Rostock S-Bahn
    The Rostock S-Bahn is an S-Bahn in Rostock, Germany. Opened in 1970, it links Rostock Hauptbahnhof with the coastal suburb of Warnemünde....

     (KBS 183)
  • Rostock–Stralsund (KBS 184)
  • Wismar–Rostock (KBS 185)
  • Rostock–Tessin (KBS 185)
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