The Landmark of Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain
Welcome to the landmark of Berlin’s district Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain: The Oberbaum Bridge. The bridge, which connects the two districts across the Spree, consists of seven arches and stretches over a total length of almost 150 meters. The best way to reach it is the Oberbaum Bridge over the S-Bahn and underground station Warschauer Straße.
Connection between Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain
The districts Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain are world-famous for their huge selection of techno and electro clubs (Berghain) and the wide range of different bars, such as the Labor or the Zyankali Bar. As part of the inner city ring, it connects the two districts with each other the Spree. The Oberbaum Bridge lies between two other bridges, the Elsen and the Schilling Bridge.
Emergence & Modernization of the Oberbaum Bridge
The Oberbaum Bridge is not only the perfect starting point for a cultural and sightseeing day in Berlin, it is also pretty steeped in history. Its first predecessor was a timber construction, which was also the first wooden connection across the Spree. In addition, it was one of the seven city gates and belonged to the then complex of the Stralauer Gate. In 1893, the Siemens company was commissioned to expand the Oberbaumbrücke to its railway bridge for faster passenger transport and thus to modernize it. Here one also decided for the still current, neo-gothic design with highways for the subway. This was put into operation in 1902. The middle part was blown up by German soldiers shortly before the end of World War II, so they could secure a time advantage in front of the Red Army. During the Cold War, the bridge was the border crossing between East and West Berlin and decayed. After reunification, however, it was renovated in detail and modernized.
Sightseeing at the Oberbaum Bridge
The East Side Gallery is directly connected to the bridge. Here are also numerous entertainment options such as clubs, Spätis and bars. We always enjoy especially with the U1 on the Oberbaum Bridge in the subway station Warschauer road on or take off, one has a breathtaking view over the Spree and Berlin, similar to the Gleisdreieckpark, in which the BRLO Brwhouse is located.
The Oberbaum Bridge impresses us every time anew. It stands majestically out of the swift currents of the Spree and clearly stands out from the surrounding cityscape with its architectural style. By the way, from Hostelboot Eastern Comfort you have a perfect view.