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Oberbaum Bridge (Oberbaumbrücke)

Walk along one of Berlin’s iconic landmarks that once fortified Berlin and connected East to West. It now offers fantastic city and river views.

Cross the Spree River using the Oberbaum Bridge (Oberbaumbrücke) to experience a piece of Berlin’s history. The first version of the Oberbaumbrücke was a wooden drawbridge built in the 1700s as a gate to the city. The name “Oberbaumbrücke” means literally “Upper Tree Bridge,” referring to the solid wooden tree trunks that were used as boom gates to blockade the river at night. The double-decker Oberbaumbrücke you see today was opened in 1896. Check out the two distinctive Gothic-style towers, added as a reference to the bridge’s former use as a gateway.

The Oberbaumbrücke offers scenic views across the city and the Spree River. Look northwest to see the historic Berlin Wall and the East Side Gallery murals that now adorn it. Spot the iconic TV Tower (Fernsehturm) rising up from Alexanderplatz. Look southeast to the 98.4-foot (30-meter) steel sculpture Molecule Men in the Spree. American sculptor Jonathan Borofsky created the sculpture to represent the meeting point of the three districts: Treptow, Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain.

The bridge was used as a connection between East and West Berlin from 1961 until 1989. West Berlin residents were able to use the walkway as a pedestrian border crossing. After the fall of the wall, the roads and train lines were reopened and a neon installation by Thorsten Goldberg was installed. Spot the neon lights along the bridge’s tower that depict an ongoing game of Stone, Paper, Scissors.

Oberbaumbrücke is located in the heart of the Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain borough. Reach the bridge by subway, train and bus. It is open daily and can be crossed for free. The bridge is near to Kreuzberg’s lively café district and Friedrichshain’s exciting nightlife area. Walk over the bridge in the evening to enjoy concerts played by street performers.


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MEININGER Hotel Berlin East Side Gallery £43
MEININGER Hotel Berlin East Side Gallery

MEININGER Hotel Berlin East Side Gallery

Am Postbahnhof 4, Berlin
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Friedrichshain, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mercedes-Benz Arena and East Side Gallery. Berlin TV Tower and Friedrichstrasse are also within 3 miles (5 km). Berlin East S-Bahn and Berlin Ost Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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    East-Side Hotel Berlin

    East-Side Hotel Berlin

    Mühlenstrasse 6, Berlin, BE
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Friedrichshain, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of East Side Gallery and Mercedes-Benz Arena. Berlin TV Tower and Friedrichstrasse are also within 3 miles (5 km). Warschauer Strasse U-Bahn is 5 minutes by foot and Warschauer Straße Station is 7 minutes.

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      Eastern & Western Comfort Hostelboat

      Eastern & Western Comfort Hostelboat

      73 Mühlenstraße, Berlin
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Friedrichshain, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Mercedes-Benz Arena and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Berlin TV Tower. Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz are also within 6 mi (10 km). Warschauer Strasse U-Bahn is 7 minutes by foot and Schlesisches Tor U-Bahn is 8 minutes.

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        Stralauer Allee 3, Berlin, BE
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Friedrichshain, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of East Side Gallery and Mercedes-Benz Arena. Treptower Park and Berlin TV Tower are also within 3 mi (5 km). Warschauer Strasse U-Bahn is 7 minutes by foot and Warschauer Straße Station is 9 minutes.

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          Storage Apartment

          Storage Apartment

          Schlesische Str. ,38, Berlin, BER
             
            1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Kreuzberg, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Oberbaum Bridge and East Side Gallery. Mercedes-Benz Arena and Friedrichstrasse are also within 3 miles (5 km). Schlesisches Tor U-Bahn is only a 3-minute walk and Warschauer Strasse U-Bahn is 9 minutes.

            Hotel PLUS Berlin £35
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            Hotel PLUS Berlin

            Warschauer Platz 6-8, Berlin, BE
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Friedrichshain, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oberbaum Bridge and East Side Gallery. Mercedes-Benz Arena and Berlin TV Tower are also within 3 miles (5 km). Warschauer Strasse U-Bahn and Warschauer Straße Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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              The Kater

              Warschauer Straße 46/47, Berlin
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Friedrichshain, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Oberbaum Bridge and East Side Gallery. Mercedes-Benz Arena and Alexanderplatz are also within 3 miles (5 km). Warschauer Strasse U-Bahn and Warschauer Straße Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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                Oberbaum CityApartments

                Warschauer Straße, 46, Berlin
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Friedrichshain, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Oberbaum Bridge and East Side Gallery. Mercedes-Benz Arena and Berlin TV Tower are also within 3 miles (5 km). Warschauer Strasse U-Bahn and Warschauer Straße Station are within a 5-minute walk.