The Oberbaumbrücke is a double-deck bridge crossing the River Spree. The bridge connects the districts of Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain and because of its storied history is considered a landmark. When the Berlin wall was erected in the early 1960’s the Oberbaumbrücke served as part of East Berlin’s border with West Berlin. This newly created division caused problems with the U1 U-Bahn line, as it was no longer able to continue to the final station (Warschauer Straße). The bridge served as a pedestrian border crossing for West Berlin residents from 1963 until the wall fell in 1989. After reunification, the bridge was restored to its former appearance and pedestrian, automobile and train crossings were eventually resumed.
Since 1998, this bridge has hosted an annual summer vegetable fight between residents of Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain.
The Oberbaumbrücke is conveniently situated next to the East Side Gallery — don’t miss out on seeing it if you are in the neighborhood.
Address: Oberbaumbrücke, 10243 Berlin
How to get there
S-Bahn: Warschauer Straße (S5, S7, S75)
U-Bahn: U1 (Warschauer Straße or Schlesisches Tor)
Tram: M10 (Warschauer Straße)
Within 10 minutes walk
Spree River, East Side Gallery