Manuela Herbort, Deutsche Bahn’s Executive Vice President for Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, and Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Dieter Lenzen, President of the University of Hamburg, unveiled the new “Dammtor Universität” sign at the railway station Wednesday (February 27, 2019) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the University of Hamburg in 2019. A year-round programme of events has been scheduled to mark the occasion.
Deutsche Bahn congratulates
Platform 3 became “Platform 100” for the renaming ceremony. Congratulating the university, Herbort noted: “More than 800 trains stop at Dammtor station every day. It is an important long-distance railway station and an important S-Bahn station in Hamburg – just as the university is one of Hamburg’s most important institutions.” She added: “As it is located directly opposite the station, we wish to congratulate the university on its 100th anniversary and to point out its significance to travellers.”
University – regional catalyst
The name extension highlights the close links between Dammtor and the university, which is northern Germany’s largest research and educational institution, and one of the largest employers in the region. Since the founding of the university in 1919, Dammtorbahnhof has been one of the main stops for students, university employees and visitors there. The main university building is opposite the station and leads to the main university quarter with the Von-Melle-Park campus and many other buildings.