Wedding Station

Berlin, Germany | C.1872

Photo Credit: Hayley Brooks

Depending on where you’re from, the Wedding station in Berlin can be quite confusing. While not a normal nuptials destination, the vibrant orange tiling greets locals on their daily commute … and some newlyweds as well.

Despite the English connotation, the name ‘Wedding’ in German has nothing to do with the subject of marriage. Instead, this locality in Berlin was named after the 12th century nobleman Rudolf de Weddinghe.

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. The construction of the Berlin Wall would eventually divide the city and render the station out of use.

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

The station continues to serve daily passengers who ride its rails, along with a few newlyweds who venture inside for a celebratory photoshoot.

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