The Leipzig/Halle area is a traditional staging post for travel and commerce
1839 First long-distance railway from Leipzig to Dresden
1840 The Magdeburg – Cöthen – Halle – Leipzig line opens
1846 The Thuringian Railway opens between Halle and Hof
1889 Halle goods station opens
1890 Completion of Halle's passenger station after five years' construction. It is a thirteen-platform "island" station (the station building is between the tracks). About 40,000 people now use one of its approximately 560 stopping services every day.
1911 Connection to Germany's electrified network
1967 Halle rapid transit system opens
1994 The Halle – Eichenberg line is electrified
1995 Halle (Saale) – Magdeburg upgrade
1995 Halle – Bitterfeld section upgraded as part of VDE 8.3
1999 Halle (Saale) – Erfurt line upgraded for tilting trains
2002 Reconstruction of the Halle Hauptbahnhof station building
The station building and train shed roof were extensively rebuilt and restored in the first phase of construction (1999–2002). Some restoration work (passenger subway, buffets and shopping mall) and new construction of some installations (catering and service tunnels) will be necessary in the second phase.
2003 Gröbers – Leipzig/Halle Airport station section of the new Erfurt – Leipzig/Halle line opens as part of the VDE 8.2 project