Because it allows for the viability of awesome rail systems.
Of course, my opinion of this is double-skewed in the happy direction because of the novelty of high-speed rail (200+ km/h is pretty novel) and because of the wonder of tourist rail passes. The passes got us at least $500 of train travel for $170. But still, the whole system is astonishing. This isn’t even the most exciting train station we saw, but sadly I didn’t have the time or energy to shoot the Berlin Hauptbahnhof – the place is overwhelming and draining enough without trying to carry a 15kg backpack while somehow trying to take photos.
The Hamburg station made an impression as we prepared for a long day of travel. Nervous about not missing any connections, we arrived half an hour early, which is preposterous by train standards, and sat on the platform that would eventually serve up the ICE73 to Munich. In the 25 minutes that we sat there, no fewer than four trains arrived at platform #14, picked up and/or dropped off passengers, and continued on. To be fair, it was rush hour, but the thought of the number of people the rail system must move, the number of people who aren’t driving to work, was mind-boggling. My mind is still boggled.
Let’s go blow up the suburbs.