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Metro (U-Bahn) line U4 in Vienna originated by re-building the old Stadtbahn (city railway) line known as WD, or Wiental-Donaukanal. As this name suggests, the line U4 goes along the river Wien in the Wiental (Wien River Valley) in the south-west of Vienna – here it also stops close to the Schönbrunn Palace, one of the top landmarks in Vienna. Then after passing the Inner City the U4 continues along the Donaukanal (Danube Channel) to the north-west of Vienna, where it end at Heiligenstadt.
The characteristic colour of Line U4 is green – this colour is used in Vienna public transport maps and on signs at stations.
Metro line U4 is in operation daily from approximately 5 am to a short while after midnight (it is the same for all metro lines in Vienna). The intervals between trains on line U4 range from 2 minutes in peak hours (mornings and afternoon on working days) to 10 minutes in late evening.
The original Stadtbahn line WD (Wiental-Donaukanal) started operating between 1898 and 1901. In the late 1970’s it was completely reconstructed and re-opened as the new U-Bahn line U4. The first section of the new metro started operating on 8 May 1976. Though the modern U-Bahn required major changes on the old Stadtbahn line, some stations retained the original design of their above-ground station buildings.
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