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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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  • What you'll see when you go to visit the east side gallery / the wall. It is wonderful and is one of the hidden gems of Berlin. From the back of the wall become spectacular panoramic views of the bridge. By the circulating both meters and trains.
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  • Bridge Tower Bridge is on the side of the East side Gallery, located the railing is very quaint, but once was between East and West Berlin. Boundary was the river Spree flowing under the bridge and then here is the views overlooking the East side Gallery and West Berlin border took place. Was once the location of the midst of the cold war, but now I was melted into the tranquil views.
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  • The Oberbaumbrücke is in Berlin. It connects the districts of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. The construction is a seven-arched stone bridge with a total length of 150,00 m, a width of 27.90 m, of which 22 m working width. The longest span is 22.00 m. The construction height is 1.08 m, the clearance height 4.5 m vehicles per day about 60,000 construction costs approx. 2 million marks (1896)
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The Kreuzberg neighborhood near the Oberbaumbrüke bridge is central and full of Berlin icons: street art, a piece of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery, and a proliferation of cafes. Friedrichshain is another option with a hip vibe due to the students who congregate at its cafes and galleries. Consider Mitte as a historic home base. Mitte is the area where almost all of Berlin's well-known buildings are located, and it is within walking distance of Alexanderplatz. For a peaceful residential area, try Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf where the streets are lined with boutiques and quiet coffee shops.
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