Mystery Bridge Nr. 63: An unusual bridge in Potsdam

Photos taken by the author in Oct. 2015
Photos taken by the author in Oct. 2015

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Castles, cathedrals, domed buildings and bridges. From the Baroque Period, as well as Renaissance. Where history and actors re-enacting history meet. Potsdam, located 20 kilometers south of the German capital Berlin has a lot to offer to people of all ages. It has at least a dozen palaces, including the Sansoucci. The historic city center is laden with concert halls and the state parliament. Parks and gardens line up along the city’s lakes and the River Havel. Then there are the bridges in and around the city of 160,000 inhabitants that have their place in the city’s history. This includes the Glienicke Bridge at the border to Berlin, once the site of the famous prisoner exchange between East and West Germany (see here).

But this bridge came to my attention during a visit back in October with some American friends living near Babelsberg. Located at Babelsberg Park, the largest in Potsdam, the bridge is near the historic tower Flatowturm, approximately 300 meters from Tiefensee going east. It spans a ravine and carries a trail going around the hill for 500 meters before entering the tower. From the Kleines Schloss, the bridge and tower are 800 meters south of there. The bridge is a steel beam but features one of the most unusual railings made of cast iron that a pontist has ever seen. It is very hard to describe the design of the railings only to say that its natural tree-branch-like design matches the natural landscape quite nicely. Looking at it much more closely, it appears that a group of people used heavy wiring to twist and form the railings to give the bridge its unique shape.

It appears that the bridge is rather new but the question is how new? When was it built and who were the artists? Was the bridge built after the Wall fell, or was it a product of East Germany by an author wishing to make peace with the western counterparts against the will of Erich Honecker? The reason behind these questions is no further information has been given on this bridge. Therefore, if you have any information that is useful for this bridge, please feel free to comment. Some additional photos are shown below to help you.





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