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Though the future main train station (Hauptbahnhof) is already under construction, at present Vienna does not have any single station that would be considered the most important. This role and also the rail traffic are shared by several stations. The biggest one in the north-eastern part of Vienna is Praterstern Station.
The train station Wien Praterstern is situated in the 2nd district, Leopoldstadt. It has a strategic location halfway between the historical city centre and the modern district of Vienna at the left bank of the Danube.
Just a few steps from Praterstern train station building there is the famous amusement park Prater – you can even see a part of the Prater Ferris Wheel from the station building. On the other side of Prater amusement park there is the fair and convention centre Messe Vienna. You can also find numerous banks and office buildings nearby.
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The train station Wien Praterstern is very old. It was built in 1838 and during most of its history it was known as Wien Nordbahnhof (Vienna North Station). It used to be the terminus for long-distance trains arriving from various locations including Prague, Brno, or Warsaw.
Several years ago it was completely renovated and renamed to Praterstern. Although its importance for long-distance traffic is significantly lower today, Praterstern is an important hub for urban and regional trains.
Praterstern Station has an excellent coverage of both S-Bahn (urban trains) and U-Bahn (metro) networks. Praterstern is one of the most important stops along the Stammstrecke, the primary S-Bahn corridor running through Vienna. There are numerous S-Bahn lines and the intervals between trains are very short.
Praterstern U-Bahn Station is the junction of two metro lines – U1 and U2. As a result there are fast and direct (no transfer) U-Bahn connections to many of the busiest parts of Vienna, including Karlsplatz, Vienna State Opera, Stephansdom, United Nations offices (all line U1), or Ernst Happel Stadium, Vienna Stock Exchange, Rathaus, Parliament, and MuseumsQuartier (line U2). In addition to S-Bahn and U-Bahn, there are numerous bus and tram lines serving Praterstern Station.
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