One of Hamburg’s most important means of public transport, the U3 underground train line has been available to residents and visitors alike for more than a century. But time has taken a heavy toll along its iron bridges and railroad tracks, and it is understandable that the popular train line needs some maintenance work to continue running smoothly into the future.
Maintenance work starting 1 February 2021
Expect maintenance works along the U3 tracks in the Altstadt area between the stops Baumwall and Hauptbahnhof (Main Station) as of 1 February 2021. The maintenance works are expected to continue until 27 March 2022, meaning there is no U3 service at the stops, Rödingsmarkt, Rathaus (City Hall), and Mönkebergstraße during this period.
There will be sufficient service via other S- and U-Bahn lines as well as buses to cover access to Hamburg’s city centre. For example, all other S and U train lines still operate normally at central stops such as Hauptbahnhof, Jungfernstieg, Stadthausbrücke and HafenCity.
Please note that from March to September 2021, buses are diverted from Mönkebergstraße via Steinstraße.
Circle line around the Alster lakes
The yellow U3 train line starts in Barmbek and circles the outer and inner Alster lakes, providing service and stops to a majority of cultural and historical sights around central Hamburg, only to arrive back in Barmbek again before ultimately reaching the north-eastern suburbs of Wandsbek.
Despite its name, which is short for Untergrundbahn (lit. 'underground train'), the U3 line runs above ground for most of its route, providing breath-taking views of Hamburg’s port area between the Landungsbrücken and Rödingsmarkt stops. That’s why it’s a special insider tip for a low-budget city tour.
The U3 underground line opened public service on 15 February 1912. Ever since, it has grown to be the most frequented and popular means of transport in Hamburg and one of the most beautiful and well-known lines in any German city. Let’s hope that once the maintenance work is finished, it will stand for another 100 years at least.