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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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  • 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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  • Very beautiful bridge. But there are some homeless people. In the other side of the bridge there is a very nice area full of bars, restaurants and cafes. Completely different part of Berlin. It was su...  more »
  • This bridge which is located at the end of the East Side Gallery is a good time of contemplation. It is a bridge of double deck which crosses the river Spree in Berlin, considered one of the landmarks of the city. Links the districts of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, which were separated by the Berlin wall, and became an important symbol of German reunification. In the lower part of the bridge runs Avenue Oberbaum Straße linking the South of the River with Warschauer Straße North. By the upper deck ride the U-Bahn line U1. The name Oberbaumbrücke derived from heavy tree trunks, covered with barbed metal, which were used to block the River at night to prevent smuggling. (Baum means tree or beam of wood in German; by this the name means something like "bridge of the tree top (river above)";)
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