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Oberbaum Bridge, Berlin

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The Oberbaum Bridge is a double-deck bridge crossing Berlin's River Spree, considered one of the city's landmarks. It links Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, former boroughs that were divided by the Berlin Wall, and has become an important symbol of Berlin’s unity.The lower deck of the bridge carries a roadway, which connects Oberbaum Straße to the south of the river with Warschauer Straße to the north. The upper deck of the bridge carries Berlin U-Bahn line, between Schlesisches Tor and Warschauer Straße stations.The bridge appears prominently in the 1998 film Run Lola Run.HistoryThe bridge is built on the former boundary of the municipal area with its rural environs, where an excise wall was built in 1732. A wooden drawbridge was built as part of the wall; it served as a gate to the city. The name Oberbaumbrücke stemmed from the heavy tree trunk, covered in metal spikes, that was used as a boom to block the river at night to prevent smuggling. (Baum means tree or wooden beam in German; thus the name means something like "Upper Tree Bridge"; there was another tree-trunk barrier at the western end of the contemporary city limits, close to today's Unterbaumstraße
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  • Quaint bridge, is very close to the East Side Gallery. Also nice to cross
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  • Best, to reach the Oberbaumbrücke bridge with the U1, by driving direction Warschauer Straße. Get off you but already a station before the final location on the Schlesisches Tor should. Then my a piece under the subway, which here runs (!) as a high-speed railway running along and sees the long brick building. The interesting thing is the one that founder times with modern means a building was constructed which is reminiscent of a fairy tale Castle. On the other hand the bridge is two storeys - above the U-rail, below the pedestrian and in addition the vehicles. U-train on a fairy tale Castle - what a contrast! Best one goes first on the opposite side of the Street towards the Warsaw bridge/Metro station Warschauer Straße and watching as the structure as a whole. It goes back Warschauer Straße direction Schlesisches Tor correctly in the bridge itself from the Metro again. Tip: Before reverse - East Side Gallery visit, is there the same nearby! In the bridge construction is like through fronts. Best time and again to stop and take a look on the Spree River through the window. In the summer it is here also pleasantly cool, unfortunately a bit drafty in the winter. Often also souvenirs are sold at the bridge or works of artists. The offered goods are more authentic than those on offer in nearby souvenir shops. Some poor people have to live in the bridge. Therefore, and also an ammonia-like odor is not without ignoring another. But homeless there is unfortunately in every major city. Look forward also to a small donation. Symbolism: the wall was at the Eastern bridgehead. Sometimes also agents do not often exchanged over this bridge, such as over the Glienicke bridge in Potsdam.
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  • Most of the visitors of the currently called East Side Gallery, and at the time was one of the most patrolled areas to prevent the passage and flight of Germans from the East to the West, just reach kilometre piece of wall on which are painted the most famous graffiti from Berlin. And it's a shame, because if we just follow a few tens of meters to the South you can enjoy of one of the most beautiful bridges in Germany and certainly the most elegant of the 916 which cross the river Spree and the canals of the city. It rose in the Decade of 1890 in an eclectic style, which mixes the battlements and towers of the Gothic, with the new trends of the end of the century, so snatched by brick and tiles. Battlements, towers and large doors that kept curious viewpoints over the River, during the cold war was no man's land since he separated the two Germanys and the exchange of spies was common under its arches and walkways. More recently, our Calatrava added a central steel section, that is not at odds and that helps to you bridge does not give in to the weight of cars buses and metro. Its references include that each summer the inhabitants of Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain engage in a battle of rotten tomatoes that has as main scenario the large surface area of the bridge, or that its name comes from the giant trunk covered with spikes that pass was closed by the river the smugglers during the 17TH and 18th centuries. As we see, bridge hang legends and sad realities that have adorned it for centuries, and although they are very interesting and give it gloss and historical pomp, I'm happy just admiring his beauty rare but above all timeless and magnetic.
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