Freight Station Sonneberg


State Federal Republic of Germany
Regional (NUTS III) hierarchical level DEG0H Sonneberg
District level (LAU1) Sonneberg
Municipality (LAU2) Sonneberg
Connection to traffic network Sonneberg is tied to the federal highway with the exit Rödental (17km).

Main factors of successful redevelopment process

  • General localization - located in Sonneberg
  • Specific localization – located in centre of the settlement area, the pedestrian bridge on this site serves as conjunction of downtown and the housing area "Wolkenrasen"
  • Transport links – proximity to the federal highway with the exit Rödental (17km)
  • Public attitudes, adoption of innovations and new developments - interdisciplinary work on site development concept (environment / urban planning) lead to premature identification and rectification of conflicts; Integration of renewable energies into urban development concepts
  • Other factors - Public interest in conflict resolution (the site had a bad image during the years of vacancy), Optimisation strategies in the frame of site clean-up lead to cost savings (model project of ‘optirisk’)
  • Local involvement and stakeholders´ collaboration (activities of politicians, community, public, NGO´s) - strong individual initiative of the site owner City of Sonneberg

Brief description of site and current use

In 1997, the freight traffic was closed down. Since that time the area was an inner-city brownfield. Occasionally, some buildings and the railway hub are still used for club activities or shunting works.

Since the development of the "Environment Station Sonneberg" in the years 1997 to 2000 a built-up pedestrian bridge over this site serves as conjunction of downtown and the housing area ‚Wolkenrasen’.

In the frame of the research project ‘optirisk’ many site development concepts were drawn for the site and finally, one concept was converted. The city administration of Sonneberg plans a timely implementation of the optimisation concept ‚Festival ground with a temporary exhibition site’. The concept can be realized in various construction stages. All buildings are supposed to be demolished, with the exemption of the physical structures in the area of ‘Tradition Steam Engine Plants’ and the older part of the freight shed.

A noise control report has been created already. The reusable building rubble materials remain in the form of a noise protection wall on the southern edge of the site. The clean-up of soil contaminations and the reuse of the site as ‚Festival ground with a temporary exhibition site’ should be implemented until 2012.

Original use – basic description

Original use Freight station
Area 7,1 ha
Type of site Transport - Freight station located in the inner city of Sonneberg near the centre and housing development

Current state – basic description

Current use Temporally use - In process of planning: festival ground with a temporary exhibition site; at small subarea: club activities
% of built-up area Less than 20 %
State of Environment Soil contaminations at subareas, no active defence
New use from Scheduled from 2012
Total costs 1.500.000 € (valued, without new build)
Owner of site Deutsche Bahn AG, City of Sonneberg, private ownership

Contact to stakeholders

Owner of site City of Sonneberg:
Local public administration City of Sonneberg:
Investors participating at redevelopment None
NGOs No NGOs involved