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At Innsbrucker Platz history is hidden in plain sight, only visible for those with a taste for all things U-Bahn. Innsbrucker Platz was, on its day, the southern terminus of the Schöneberg U-Bahn, an independent system back in the 1910s. In those times, Schöneberg as both constructor and operator of its own U-Bahn, had no interest in losing customers to the S-Bahn, and didn't bother building an interchange station here. Even the U-Bahn station was called "Hauptstraße" at the beginning, in order to increase the sensation that interchanging between both networks wasn't practical. The station was renamed to Innsbrucker Platz (Hauptstraße) in 1933, and new signage in Fraktur typography, a staple of the Third Reich, was installed. The tunnel and lobby connecting the U-Bahn platform to the S-Bahn entrance are of course much more modern, built in the 1970s, heyday of the architectural pop art in Berlin. "Rümmlerian" features are easily noticeable especially at the S-Bahn lobby. A wobbly yellow ceiling, very much like that at Wilmersdorfer Straße, squared lamp protections with their corners rounded, and oversized nameplates indicating the station exits are typical of the era. Just changing from U-Bahn to S-Bahn brings the commuter to a short tour along 90 years of U-Bahn in Berlin, passing by the most influential features of each era, including the short 70s A3L type trains.
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