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Oberbaum Bridge, Berlin

Categories: Bridges, Tourist Spots
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4.2/5 based on 260 reviews on the web
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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  • Interesting place, linking the coast spree. At the entrance to the bridge, cool art quarter with informal rock clubs and similar institutions. Everything carelessly and originally issued. Immediately obvious that interest and place of worship. Over the bridge themselves every few minutes the sweep train. Oh and the bridge itself, towers in the new Gothic style. In terms of overall view of Berlin visit worth it.
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  • the bridge is old and historically and the spree of this look is really worth day and night... You can also go for a walk or have a look in the middle...
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  • Going to East Side Gallery I stumbled upon the Oberbaumbrücke, the stately colourful bridge which connects the neighborhoods of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. The red bricks immediately strikes the eye. Has two levels; the upper level runs the subway. Looking out from the bridge, you can see more in the distance on the river Spree the Molecule Man sculpture.
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