Where East Meets West

Thousands of soccer fans arriving this month for World Cup matches in Berlin may find the newly opened Central Station as thrilling as any penalty shoot-out. The $905 million depot consists of a soaring, 321-m-long, 9,000-glass-pane hall covering tracks running east to west, a 46-m-high barrel-vaulted steel-and-glass hall and two rectangular office buildings running parallel to the underground north-south lines, plus a shopping galleria.
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It's on the site of the city's Lehrter Stadtbahnhof, inaugurated in 1871, the year the German Empire was founded. Badly damaged in World War II, most of the building was later razed, leaving just...

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