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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 (lit. in Lower Tree Street.) To visit Oberbaum Bridge and get the most from your holiday in Berlin, create itinerary details personal to you using our Berlin online attractions planner .
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  • When you visit the East Side gallery you can look at this bridge nearby. It was builded at the end of the 19the century. During the Cold War it was the border between Friedrichshain in East Berlin.....  more »
  • On our last day, hours before leaving, we headed to the east side gallery and to Oberbaum bridge As they were close to our hotel. The bridge is make of nice reddish bricks, has some turrets, a clock.....  more »
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