"Glienicke Bridge" Potsdam Things to Do Tip by grandmaR
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On our boat trip there was some narrative and one of the things they pointed out to us was this bridge.
Glienicker Brücke, the bridge that connects the state capital of Potsdam with the federal capital of Berlin, was one of the most renowned monuments of the Cold War up to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Until the political change in 1989, Glienicke Bridge was not only a prominent border village, but also a point of exchange for secret agents of both political systems who had been taken prisoner. Today, Glienicke Bridge is not only a popular backdrop for television commercials, but above all a beautiful vantage point with a view of Schlosspark Glienicke (castle grounds), Babelsberg Castle and Park as well as Sacrower Heilandskirche (church of the Saviour).
Once a secondary border crossing point between East and West, it was on this bridge that in 1989 many Potsdam inhabitants crossed for the first time in 28 years into the West when the wall came down. There is a plaque on the bridge commemorating this historical moment.
This bridge was also the point at which in 1962, during the cold war, an American pilot accused of spying by the Soviets was secretly exchanged for one of their men who was on a 30 year jail sentence in the US.
Address: Berliner Strasse
Directions: Coming from Potsdam, you can reach Glienicke Bridge via Berliner Straße and, if arriving from Berlin, you reach it via Königsstraße and also via “Park Glienicke” landing stage of the “Stern und Kreis”-Schifffahrt (a shipping company in Berlin).
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