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Berlin Public Transport Company Renames Subway Station as of December 11: Thielplatz on Line U3 Becomes Freie Universität Berlin

№ 436/2016 from Dec 09, 2016

As of Sunday, December 11, when the new train schedules will take effect, the Berlin Public Transport Company (BVG) is renaming the subway station “Thielplatz” on Line U3 to "Freie Universität." The station is just around the corner from the first main building of the university founded in 1948 on the Dahlem campus. "With more than 30,000 students, Freie Universität is one of the three major universities in Berlin and has an outstanding reputation as an educational institution worldwide," said a spokesperson for the BVG. To facilitate orientation, the traditional name "Thielplatz" is being retained as an additional name.

The subway station Thielplatz is one of several stations on Line 3 that are above ground. When it was first opened in October 1913, it was named after the adjacent park, Thiel Park. The Executive Board of Freie Universität and the district of Steglitz-Zehlendorf had been urging for several years that it be renamed after the university.