Oberbaumbrücke : Berlin

Oberbaumbrücke : Berlin

In the sunny spotlights underneath the Berlin Oberbaumbrücke.

“The Oberbaum Bridge (German: Oberbaumbrücke) 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 lines U 1 and U 3, between Schlesisches Tor and Warschauer Straße stations.

The bridge appears prominently in the 1998 film Run Lola Run.

When the Berlin Wall was built in 1961 the bridge became part of East Berlin’s border with West Berlin; as all the waters of the River Spree were in Friedrichshain, the East German fortifications extended to the shoreline on the Kreuzberg side. The West Berlin U-Bahn line was forced to terminate at Schlesisches Tor. Beginning on 21 December 1963, the Oberbaum Bridge was used as a pedestrian border crossing for West Berlin residents only.

By the summer of 1966 followed three similar short openings. For a permanent opening for pedestrians came from 1972 by the Four Power Agreement on Berlin. A building for the East Berlin control authorities was built directly on the eastern bank of the Spree, next to the Oberbaumbrücke, across the street. The part of the subway viaduct crossing the Stralauer Allee at the bridge was completely demolished. The towers were demolished in the 1970s. Since the border on the Kreuzberg shore (Gröbenufer) ran along the Spree, several children from Kreuzberg drowned on the Oberbaum bridge until the signing of the agreement on rescue operations in the event of accidents in Berlin’s border waters on October 29, 1975, because they could not be helped from the west side and this was omitted from the east side. In 1976, an emergency call column was installed on the southern bridgehead, after whose activation drowning help was provided.” (source)

Erwin van Leeuwen

I am Erwin van Leeuwen, amateur streetphotographer from Berlin.

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