09. September 2013

Commemorative plaque adorns the sandstone façade

Train Station of the Year 2013 - award ceremony in Göttingen

Winning smiles: Wolfgang Meyer (2nd from left, mayor of Göttingen) and Detlef Krusche (right, station manager in Göttingen) are very happy about the award, which has just been handed to them by jury members Monika Ganseforth (2nd from right, VCD), Dirk Flege (middle, Pro-Rail Alliance) and Karl-Peter Naumann (left, Pro Bahn).

Göttingen, September 9, 2013. The large brass plaque that now adorns Göttingen train station’s sandstone façade cannot be missed. It’s weatherproof etching informs travellers that since Monday, Germany’s most customer-friendly train station 2013 is in the city of Göttingen in the state of Lower Saxony. Friends of the railways and prominent politicians joined the Pro-Rail Alliance in an award ceremony for the imposing building, which won the Train Station of the Year award in the city category. The competition is now in its tenth year. In the presence of State transport minister Olaf Lies (SPD) and the chairman of DB Station & Service, André Zeug, the jury members unveiled the brass plaque on the front entrance to the award-winning station. The manager of Göttingen station, Detlef Krusche from Deutsch Bahn, and Göttingen’s mayor Wolfgang Meyer (SPD) both received a certificate for their effective cooperation in the reconstruction and running of Göttingen’s train station.

The jury of six, with representatives from the passenger association Pro-Bahn, the rail passenger association DBV, the transport club VCD, Autoclub Europa ACE, the German cycling club ADFC and the German Pro-Rail Alliance, also made awards to Oberursel in the state of Hesse in the town category and to Murnau in Upper Bavaria, which received a special prize for tourism.

Göttingen: The cycling station
“Bicycle parking facilities, cleaning equipment and direct access to a bicycle repair workshop is what helped to convince us during the station inspection,” said Jury member Martina Löbe from the ADFC. “There is no other train station in Germany that caters for the needs of cyclists, pedestrians and people out for a stroll,” was Löbe’s verdict. “The train station is now also a real gateway for journeys along the Lein valley cycling route.” Monika Ganseforth from VCD had particular praise for “the harmoniously orchestrated station forecourt where travellers can relax under palm trees while waiting for the next train”. The forecourt operates so smoothly that nobody notices that two owners share responsibility for running it – Deutsche Bahn and Göttingen’s authorities, added Ganseforth. The elegant, pedestrian-friendly rear entrance was equally impressive, according to Karl-Peter Naumann from Pro-Bahn. “No dirty corners and badly illuminated pedestrian subways. In Göttingen, the sun shines out the back as well as at the front.” When it comes to gastronomy, its range of offers means that Göttingen station has nothing to hide. “Not even the party-metropol Berlin can boast an automatic dispenser for barbecue meat.”

Previous winning stations were: 2012: Bremen and Aschaffenburg, 2011: Leipzig and Halberstadt, 2010: Darmstadt and Baden-Baden, 2009: Erfurt and Uelzen, 2008: Karlsruhe and Schwerin, 2007: Berlin Central and Landsberg am Lech, 2006: Hamburg Dammtor and Oberstdorf, 2005: Mannheim and Weimar and 2004: Hannover and Lübben.

Additional information (German)

The jury’s appraisal

Göttingen fact sheet

Meet the jury