Main station Würzburg pedestrian underpass, train platforms and roofs

Dispelling the darkness

connecting people

Würzburg Hauptbahnhof, Würzburg’s main train station, is used by approximately 35,000 passengers each day. It is one of Germany’s most important long-distance transportation hubs due to its location at the intersection of extremely busy rail transport axes. In the north–south direction, it is the main train line from Stockholm, Hamburg, Rostock and Bremen to Munich and on towards Verona. In the west–east direction, it runs from the metropolitan regions Rhein–Ruhr and Rhein–Main to Nuremberg and on towards Vienna. Würzburg Hauptbahnhof is the most important local public transport intersection for the city and the surrounding region.

paving the way

Barrier-free construction. No problem for GRASSL. We designed the pedestrian underpass to allow all train platforms to be accessed comfortably by stairs or elevators. The train platforms were rehabilitated and new roofs were constructed. Construction was carried out under traffic and without imposing any restrictions on the railway station’s operation. Special attention needed to be paid to the subterranean water springs located underneath the station, as they are important for the drinking water supply.

creating construction culture

The official opening of the pedestrian underpass at Würzburg Hauptbahnhof was timed to coincide with the start of the Landesgartenschau (state garden show). Having been widened to ten metres, it is now lighter and much more modern and pleasant than before. High-quality light-coloured interior surfaces and large openings that permit light to enter create a comfortable environment inside the underpass. Chamfered edges ensure social safety inside the tunnel of this durable and visually pleasing structure.

Year of completion


Type of intervention


Contracting authority

DB ProjektBau GmbH


Vollrahmen, U-Rahmen



Type of structure

Pedestrian underpass

Construction method

Sealing slab and slurry wall construction method

Total length

116,00 m

Construction width

13,00 m

Construction material

Reinforced concrete


Firmhofer und Günther Architekten

Services Grassl

Basic assessment, preliminary design, detailed design, planning for approval, construction planning, preparation of tendering, conceptual design of traffic infrastructure, visualisation

Services provided by engineering consortium