the project

This website is an interactive representation of the Berlin U-Bahn system inspired by this map from 2016, but updated to the 2020 namings and routes. The most notable difference is that the Eastern terminus of U3 is now at Warschauer Straße. A couple of stations are also called differently.

The map is movable by dragging and scalable by zooming. Clicking on a station or its label brings up an image and information about the station. The information is taken from the English or German Wikipedia page. At the bottom of each article there is a link to the source. Since the pages are cached, the information might not be in sync with the corresponding Wikipedia article.

The sidebar that displays the station information is resizable by dragging horizontally, but only on desktop. Once the sidebar is open, the 'previous' and 'next' links (or the ← and → keys on the keyboard) can be used for moving between stations.

For the implementation details, you can check out the project on Github.

Download the map as png (May 2020)

the photos

In the begging of the project I was only using the default thumbnails returned by the Wikipedia API. Some of the photos are old and do not reflect the current condition or design of the stations (plus I became more and more interested in the U-Bahn due to its rich history), hence I decided to go photograph them myself.

In April 2020 I have photographed 168 out of the 173 stations with an iPhone X. For the rest of the stations, the images are taken from Wikimedia Commons and are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license (unless stated otherwise).

the u-bahn

The Berlin U-Bahn ([uː.baːn]; short for Untergrundbahn, "underground railway") is a rapid transit railway in Berlin, the capital city of Germany, and a major part of the city's public transport system. Together with the S-Bahn, a network of suburban train lines, and a tram network that operates mostly in the eastern parts of the city, it serves as the main means of transport in the capital.

Opened in 1902, the U-Bahn serves 173 stations spread across ten lines, with a total track length of 151.7 kilometres (94.3 mi), about 80% of which is underground. Trains run every two to five minutes during peak hours, every five minutes for the rest of the day and every ten minutes in the evening. Over the course of a year, U-Bahn trains travel 132 million km (82.0 million mi), and carry over 400 million passengers. In 2017, 553.1 million passengers rode the U-Bahn. The entire system is maintained and operated by the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe, commonly known as the BVG. (Source)


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13.01.2021 - Update U5 line and remove U55