Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
The 138-metre long and 27-metre wide Hindenburgbrücke – first steel-arch bridge in Berlin, designed by Friedrich Krause and his colleagues Behner, Wolffenstein and Kalb, opened on 11 September 1916, exactly 101 years ago.
The bridge spanned the railway tracks of Stettiner Bahn, a busy railway line originally operating between Berlin and today´s city of Szczecin (now in Poland). Built at a cost of 1.3 million Marks – its cost would amount to three million euros today – this exquisite, despite any lack of adornment, nickel steel bridge survived the Second World War practically intact.
You will not, however, find it on any current Berlin map. In 1948 Hindenburgbrücke was re-named in honour of a local anti-fascist and resistance fighter, Wilhelm Böse. Today, most Berliners know Bösebrücke as Bornholmer Brücke: between 1961 and 1989 it marked the border between East and West Berlin.
Late on the evening of November 9, 1989 Bornholmer Brücke was the first border crossing to open and allow the people of East Berlin to visit the long-forbidden city: the bridge was their first open door to the West.