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Landwehrkanal (image by notmsparker)

Landwehrkanal (image by notmsparker)

The frozen-over Landwehrkanal under the Thielenbrücke connecting Neukölln and Kreuzberg between Glogauer Strasse and Pannierstrasse.

The name of the bridge commemorates Karl von Thielen, Prussian Secretary of State for Public Works and the head of the Reichseisenbahnamt, Imperial Railway Office.

On Ferbuary 15th, 1902 von Thielen was on board of the very first U-Bahn, or in this case Hochbahn or Elevated Railway and part of the U1 Line today, train which travelled between Potsdamer Platz and the station “Stralauer Tor” (it stood at the eastern end of the Oberbaumbrücke but was destroyed during WWII and removed later).

Thanks to his presence, the event went down in history as “Ministerfahrt” – the Minister Journey.

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