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Wedding Station

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Berlin, Germany | C.1872

Photo Credit: Hayley Zierold

Vibrant orange tiling makes this train stop a difficult one to miss on a Berlin commute. The Wedding station serves the locality of Wedding in Berlin. Today station services the S-Bahn lines S 41 and S 42, and the U-Bahn public transit lines.

Despite the English connotation with marriage, the name ‘Wedding’ in German has nothing to do with the subject. Instead, this locality in Berlin was named after the 12th century nobleman Rudolf de Weddinghe, and is the only district to be formally pronounced with a definite article, Der Wedding.

The Wedding S-Bahn station first opened on May 1, 1872 as part of the Berlin Ringbahn – a circular line traversing many of the central districts of the city. In 1961 the construction of the Berlin Wall that divided the city disrupted the service and rendered the station out of use when the number of passenger could no longer justify the need of the station.

After the demolition of the Berlin Wall in 1991, many disused S-Bahn routes were gradually reinstated based on their necessity. Wedding was the last station on the line to be reopened on June 16, 2002. Today this dat is fondly nicknamed Wedding-Day, a pun based on the clash of meanings of the word ‘wedding’ in English and German.

Today the station continues to serve the daily passengers who ride its rails, and a few newly-weds are known for venturing into the station for a sentimental photoshoot.

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