Kiel – Lübeck railway line

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Kiel – Lübeck
Section of the Kiel – Lübeck railway line
Route number : 1023 (Kiel Hbf - Eutin)
1110 (Eutin - Bad Schwartau Abzw)
1100 (Bad Schwartau Abzw - Lübeck Hbf)
Course book section (DB) : 145, ex 114 e
Route length: 80.7 km
Gauge : 1435 mm ( standard gauge )
Dual track : Bad Malente-Gremsmühlen - Eutin
Bad Schwartau - Lübeck Hbf
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to the Norway quay and sea fish market
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Schwedenkai (formerly Bollhörnkai)
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Kiel, old train station (1844–1899)
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0.0 Kiel Hbf
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to Flensburg , to Rendsburg
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to Hamburg-Altona
Gleisdreieck - straight ahead, to the right, from the right
from Meimersdorf Ost
Blockstelle, Awanst, Anst etc.
Junction Kiel Central Station (SS)
to Schönberger Strand
to Kiel-Wellsee (since 1976)
Kleinbahn Kiel – Segeberg
Station, station
5.0 Kiel-Elmschenhagen
5.3 Elmschenhagen (until 1981)
6.5 Kroog (until 1981)
Connection to Schwentinepark / Schenker AG
Raisdorf-Ostseepark (planned)
Station, station
9.5 Raisdorf
Preetz-Nord (planned)
Preetz Hospital (planned)
Kleinbahn Kirchbarkau – Lütjenburg
from Kirchbarkau
Station, station
15.4 Preetz
19.1 Kühren (Holst)
21.7 Wahlstorf
from Neumünster
Station, station
26.7 Ascheberg (Holst)
Station, station
33.1 Plön
38.7 Timmdorf
from Lütjenburg
Station, station
42.4 Bad Malente-Gremsmühlen wedge station
Station, station
to Neustadt (Holst)
4.8 Bockholt
8.7 Ottendorf (Holst)
Station, station
11.5 Pönitz (Holst)
to Ahrensbök
13.8 Gleschendorf
Station, station
19.3 Pansdorf
Bad Schwartau Abzw from Puttgarden
Station, station
6.0 Bad Schwartau
4.7 Schwartau forest hall from Lübeck-Travemünde
Station, station
0.0 Lübeck Central Station
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Route - straight ahead
to Hamburg , to Lüneburg ,
to Bad Kleinen and to Lübeck-Schlutup
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The Kiel – Lübeck railway line is a non-electrified, mostly single-track railway connection in the east of Schleswig-Holstein . It connects Kiel and Lübeck, the only two major cities in the country. The 81-kilometer route is currently (as of 2020) operated by DB Regio for passenger transport .


View of the Großer Plöner See directly at the Plön train station

The route runs from Kiel via the cities of Preetz , Plön and Eutin to Lübeck through the Holstein hill country , in the AschebergEutin section through Holstein Switzerland . This is characterized by lakes, forests and terminal moraines and is therefore an important holiday area.


The Kiel – Ascheberg section was opened on May 31, 1866 together with the Neumünster – Neustadt in Holstein line. Both routes were operated by the Altona-Kieler Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft (AKE). Thus Kiel and Neumünster were connected to the Baltic Sea port of Neustadt by rail, but not yet with the important port city of Lübeck. The reason for this was that Lübeck, as a Free Imperial City, did not belong to Schleswig-Holstein at the time and the Danish king, who ruled there in personal union, did not want to finance Lübeck's industrial boom.

Only on April 10, 1873 was the connection from Eutin to Lübeck via Bad Schwartau added. This route was built by the Eutin-Lübecker Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft (ELE). The AKE was nationalized in 1884, the profitable ELE not until 1941.

The Prinzenbahnhof roofing that stands today in Plön

The platform roof that stands today at the train station in Plön was erected in 1890 at the Holsteinische Schweiz train station , dismantled there in 1896 and rebuilt at the Plön Prinzenbahnhof (correct: Plön parking station); this roof has been at the Plön train station since 1924.

Despite the different railway companies, the passenger trains soon ran on the Kiel – Lübeck route, while the other two branches - Neumünster – Ascheberg and Eutin – Neustadt - lost importance. 1929 there was an express train -pair that between Kiel, Lübeck and Berlin wrong. The express train took around 95 minutes for the Kiel – Lübeck route. Other through passenger trains took around 150 minutes. The Neumünster – Ascheberg route was then integrated into the route's timetable table.

Later the route gained further importance. In the mid-1970s, the Schwarzwald-Express (Kiel– Seebrugg ) D-train pair and several Heckeneil trains ran the route, including a pair of trains on the Kiel– Bad Harzburg route . At that time, the route was listed as timetable route 145: Flensburg - Lüneburg . Accordingly, some express trains ran continuously between these two cities. Many of these trains ran with railcars of series 613 .

Between 1980 and 1985, several stations on the line were closed for passenger traffic. This affected Bockholt and Kühren in 1980 , Elmschenhagen , Kroog and Wahlstorf in 1981 and Gleschendorf , Ottendorf , Timmdorf and Pansdorf in 1985 . The latter was reactivated in 2000.

The first construction stage of the expansion of the Kiel – Lübeck line was completed by June 2010. It comprised the new construction of the station in Kiel-Elmschenhagen with the possibility of crossing, the expansion of the Plön station for system crossings (including a comprehensive renovation of the station building and the platforms) and the expansion of the Preetz – Ascheberg section for speeds of up to 140 km / h. The construction measures served to enable an almost 30-minute cycle between Kiel and Lübeck. The route has been remote-controlled since December 19, 2005 by an electronic signal box (ESTW) from Lübeck.

Current operation

RE Kiel – Lübeck – Hamburg in the Plön train station

Today, the route is operated by regional express trains (RE 83) every hour . The class 648 multiple units, which have been in use since 2009, are partially supplemented by locomotive-hauled trains for capacity reasons during rush hour. These trains usually run with the 218 series and four to five double-decker cars . The journey time between the two cities is 68 minutes.

In addition, regional trains (RB 84) have been running every hour on the entire route with a travel time of 88 minutes since June 2010 , so that an exact half-hourly service is offered on the middle section between Preetz and Eutin and an approximate half-hourly service on the rest of the route Minute of symmetry corresponds to the usual. These also run with class 648 railcars.

There is no longer any scheduled freight traffic.

Train connections

The previously existing through traffic from Flensburg train station via Kiel to Lübeck main station - sometimes even as far as Lüneburg –Uelzen – Braunschweig - is now operationally separated in Kiel. The regional express and the regional train run in such a way that they run every half hour. There are currently (as of January 2018) the following train routes:

line Train run KBS Tact
RE 83 Kiel Hbf - Raisdorf - Preetz - Plön - Bad Malente-Gremsmühlen - Eutin - Bad Schwartau - Lübeck Hbf (- Lübeck University District - Lübeck Airport - Ratzeburg - Mölln (Lauenburg) - Büchen - Lauenburg (Elbe) - Echem - Lüneburg ) (Individual Trains also from Lübeck Hbf to Hamburg Hbf.) KBS 145 hourly
RB 84 Kiel Hbf - Kiel-Elmschenhagen - Raisdorf - Preetz - Ascheberg (Holst) - Plön - Bad Malente-Gremsmühlen - Eutin - Pönitz (Holst) - Pansdorf - Bad Schwartau - Lübeck Hbf KBS 145 hourly
RE Kiel – Lübeck – Hamburg in the Plön train station


In order to be able to reduce the travel time to under 60 minutes, the number of double-track sections should be increased and some realignments should be implemented. The country has now distanced itself from the desired reduction in travel times. Instead, other improvements, such as the half-hourly service for Ascheberg from 2019, should come. However, this has not happened until today (February 2020).

A new stopping point is also to be built in the Schwentinental-Raisdorf industrial park.

The line is to be Template: future / in 2 yearsexpanded by November 2022 .


The Plön train station, which is located directly on the banks of the Großer Plöner See , became famous for the ARD television series Kleinstadtbahnhof , which was filmed there in the 1970s; the station name was changed in the series to Lüttin .


Web links

Commons : Kiel – Lübeck railway line  - album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Alev Doğan: Nah.SH is planning seven new train stations. In: August 2, 2018, accessed August 5, 2018 .
  2. ^ Deutsche Bahn: Schnupper-Bahncard for eight weeks. Archived from the original on November 14, 2004 ; accessed on August 8, 2015 .
  3. ^ Ascheberg station: every half hour from 2019. In: Kieler Nachrichten. Retrieved May 20, 2017 .