Berlin in Black and White
This is a follow-up on the post Berlin as seen from the River Spree. Adding a few more photos of the riverside cityscape, old and modern architecture, and bridges, including my two favorite bridges of Berlin – Moltke Bridge (Moltkebrücke) and Oberbaum Bridge (Oberbaumbrücke).
Interesting story about Moltke Bridge
The most beautiful bridge in Berlin (in my opinion) Moltke Bridge was completed in 1891 and named after Field Marshal Helmuth von Moltke the Elder (1800–1891), chief of staff of the Prussian Army for thirty years. Moltke died just before the bridge’s completion. So it was inaugurated by his funeral cortege.
Even though the Moltke Bridge saw heavy fighting during the Battle of Berlin (it is located only 600 metres = about 660 yards from the German Reichstag), it was one of the few bridges in Berlin to survive the World War II. German defenders tried to demolish the bridge as the Soviet Army marched towards the center of the city. The bridge was damaged by demolition charges, but didn’t collapse. I believe that it was and still is protected by the spirit of Field Marshal Helmuth von Moltke.
These days the Moltke Bridge looks similar to the original construction, though it was repaired and strengthened to take the weight of modern traffic. It is decorated with statues of Johannes Boesen, Carl Piper and Carl Begas. My favorite piece is a stone carved owl seating on technical/engineering gear. So German! Unfortunately, I could not take a good photograph of the Owl while sailing. See it in the left corner of the picture below ;)
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