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With the ongoing construction of the future Vienna Main Train Station and closure of Südbahnhof, the railway station at Wien Meidling, which used to be virtually unknown to non-Austrians before, has become more important for many people, including those who are less familiar with Vienna and its numerous big train stations.
Many people are confused and not sure if Wien Meidling is the same station as Wien Mitte. Short answer: it isn’t. Long answer follows.
The train station Wien Meidling is situated in the south-western part of Vienna in the 12th district with the same name, Wien Meidling. It is actually very close (10-15 minutes walking) to the Schönbrunn Gardens.
Meidling train station mostly serves regional traffic, S-Bahn, and trains connecting Vienna with other towns mainly in the south and west. After Wien Südbahnhof was closed, some of the long distance trains were directed to the Meidling Station.
To make things even more complicated, Bahnhof Meidling has metro too, but the U-Bahn station is mostly called Philadelphiabrücke.
Wien-Mitte is a busy train and metro station in the western part of Vienna city centre and is also commonly known as Landstrasse (which is the name of the 3rd district). Station Wien-Mitte serves S-Bahn and regional trains and it is also the terminal station of Vienna Airport shuttle, the City Airport Train (CAT). Landstrasse/Wien-Mitte is also the intersection of metro lines U3 and U4.
Mitte means centre in German (though Wien-Mitte is not the future central train station of Vienna).
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