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A Bridge With A Fascinating History
Favorite thing: Pictured is the Oberbaumbrucke which spans the Spree between the districts of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. The name roughly translates as "Upstream Wooden Bridge) and dates from the time that a wooden beam would be lowered to block the river entrance to the city at nights.
According to a Berlin Senate article (HERE) the first proper bridge was constructed in 1724 which was replaced by the original of the present structure "between 1894 and 1896 in Brandenburg Gothic brick style to plans by Otto Stahn in the run-up to the Berlin Trades Exhibition." Also incorporated into the design were separate levels for road and U-bahn traffic with the first train crossing in 1902.
The bridge was blown up by the German army towards the end of the Second World War to hamper the approaching Soviet troops and following the split of the city into the various post-war sectors became a pedestrian border control point in the former East Germany. After reunification the twin towers and original style and function of the bridge were restored and it once again opened to its twin-tier traffic in 1995.
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Beauty on the Spree
Favorite thing: If you get lost in the city, the beauty of it is you'll always find something that catches your eye.
As I got lost around Oranienburg Strasse, I discovered some interesting things. A bridge crowned with the prussian eagle and the forgotten town
Fondest memory: Long walks, the coffee and the bratwursts
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Schlossbruecke (Castle Bridge)
Favorite thing: The Castle Bridge has wrought iron railing and 8 groups of figures in white marble. These figures represent victory goddesses.
Fondest memory: I was here on the same day when I visited the Berlin Dom, since it is pretty close.
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Fondest memory: There was a crazy guy playing the accordian very well in front of this ironwork on this bridge. I didn't want to ask if I could take a picture of him, he seemed to be in a state where he might have been dangerous. He played well though.
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