trains in 20th Century Europe
The Berlin hub was and remains a dominant node in German affairs with differing fortune in the 20th Century. Its importance is mirrored by the rail routes it commanded of which the Paris-
Up to 1939, Berlin's radial role saw it strongly connected with Western and Central Europe by a variety of routes. Major routes to the south and south east connected Berlin with Praha, Wien, Budapest and București. These also carried traffic spasmodically to Athenai and Istanbul.
Before the Second World War, an important main route existed linking Berlin with București via Kraków – the Berlin-
The coming of the German Democratic Republic in 1950 put a political stranglehold on access to Berlin from Central and Western Europe. Main lines which lead to the capital cities of the Soviet bloc states enjoyed a more substantial service than in 1939. Berlin re-
The major event for Berlin's railways in the 21st Century was the construction of the new Berlin Hauptbahnhof in 2006 on the site of the former Lehrterbahnhof and the driving of a new north-
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