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Blown up bridge over the river Spree

Hardly anything remains of the Brommy Bridge over the Spree today. In 1945, the bridge was blown up by the German army to prevent the Red Army's advance.

The Brommybrücke bridged the Spree between the Kreuzberg district and Friedrichshain. It was just under 100 metres long and was built between 1907 and 1909. The bridge was named after the mustachioed Karl Rudolf Bromme, a long-forgotten commander of the German navy in the mid-nineteenth century (photo below: Public Domain).

Unlike other bridges that were destroyed, the Brommybrücke was never repaired. In 1950, the remains were cleared away. One pillar remained standing and it remains so to this day. The destruction did not suit the new GDR regime badly. After all, the Spree turned into a strictly guarded border between East and West Berlin at this spot.

Plans to rebuild the bridge had been circulating for years, but it did not come to that for now. If a new bridge is ever built, it will probably be a bicycle and pedestrian bridge.

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