Oberbaumbrücke

sights / Architecture

Oberbaumbrücke information

Location
Berlin , Germany
Address
Oberbaumstrasse
Getting there
Train: Warschauer Strasse
Subway: Schlesisches Tor, Warschauer Strasse
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With its jaunty towers and turrets, crenellated walls and arched walkways, the Oberbaumbrücke (1896) gets our nod for being Berlin’s prettiest bridge. Linking Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain across the Spree, it smoothly integrates a steel middle section by Spanish bridgemeister Santiago Calatrava. In summer, street musicians and artists often turn the bridge into an impromptu party zone.

Added bonus: the fabulous views. Looking south you’ll spot the Universal Music HQ, MTV Europe and the extravagantly designed nHow hotel. On the Kreuzberg side is the Watergate club, the Badeschiff and, in the distance, a giant aluminium sculpture called Molecule Man by American artist Jonathan Borofsky. Right in the river, it shows three bodies embracing and is meant as a symbol of the joining of the three districts of Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain and Treptow across the former watery border.