The "bboxx" Has Arrived: New Tourist Information Office at the ZOB
- Berlin's central coach station (ZOB) is now home to the "bboxx"
- Tourist information now readily available for coach passengers
- 1.5 million visitors stopped in at Tourist Information Offices in 2015
Berlin, 22 July 2016 Berlin's central coach station (ZOB) is now getting its own visitBerlin Berlin Tourist Information Office: the bboxx. The number of passengers arriving in Berlin at the ZOB has doubled in the past three years to almost six million, making it one of the main arrival points in the German capital.
Cornelia Yzer, Senator for Economics, Technology, and Research: "For many Berlin tourists, the ZOB is the first point of arrival in the city. It was high time to meet their need for information and modernise the bus station. We have used €250,000 from the City Tax to build the 'bboxx'. It will provide tourists with better and more extensive information and other services after their arrival in the city. It was important to me that we do not wait for the €14.4 million renovation of the terminal to be complete, but instead meet the increased demand now. The renovation was funded by my office with funds designated to promote the regional economy."
"Coach travel is growing faster than ever," says Burkhard Kieker, CEO of visitBerlin. "Now, our visitors arriving at the ZOB will have full access to our services, from hotel accommodations, theatre tickets, and transport passes, always paired with personal advice and tips on current events. We are pleased to be here and add our service to the offerings here at the ZOB."
1.5 million visitors stopped in at Tourist Information Offices
Visitors can book hotels and tickets for events, purchase the Berlin WelcomeCard and city maps, and find out everything important about the German capital. In the past year, 1.5 million people visited one of the six tourist information offices. A third of them came to the office in Berlin's central rail station.