Bike Touring Highlight
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Location: Brandenburg, Germany
The Glienicker Bridge was built in 1907 as a connection between Berlin and Potsdam. The building, along with the surrounding palaces and parks, has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1990. The Glienicker Bridge formed the border between East and West from 1945 and was only passable for Allies since 1953. International agents were exchanged at the border crossing point in 1962, 1985 and 1986. It was only opened to the German population one day after the fall of the Wall in Berlin.
The bridge and garden of Glienicke Castle are freely accessible; Opening hours of Glienicke Castle can be found here: spsg.de/schloesser-gaerten/objekt/schloss-glienicke.
August 30, 2016
In the extreme southwest of Berlin is the Glienicker bridge. It was built in 1907 and was for a long time a legendary scene of the Cold War.
The Glienicke Bridge formed since 1945 the border between East and West and was passable since 1953 only for Allies. It was opened to the German population only one day after the fall of the wall in Berlin on 10 November 1989. Where Berlin (the then West Berlin) and the Brandenburg capital Potsdam (then located in the GDR) meet, the US exchanged views and the Soviet Union during the Cold War spies. In just a few days, the Glienicke Bridge once moved into the center of world events: at the border crossing point in 1962, 1985 and 1986, international agents were exchanged for each other at the border crossing point. Today, the bridge is an unspectacular connection to Potsdam, but offers a beautiful view over the magical Havel landscape. The building has been part of the Unesco World Heritage since 1990, with surrounding castles and parks.
September 5, 2015
The Glienicker Bridge connects the cities of Berlin (district Wannsee of the district Steglitz-Zehlendorf) and Potsdam, district Berlin suburb. It owes its name to the nearby former estate Klein Glienicke, in its place today the castle Glienicke. The Glienicke Bridge gained worldwide fame through the spectacularly staged third and last agent exchange on February 11, 1986.
July 30, 2015
The Glienicke Bridge gained worldwide fame through the spectacularly staged third and last agent exchange on February 11, 1986.
The first exchange took place on 10 February 1962. It was Colonel Rudolf Ivanovich Abel, top spy of the Soviets in the US, against Francis Gary Powers, an American pilot who had been shot down in a reconnaissance flight with the U-2 over the Soviet Union ,
February 19, 2015
From the Glienicker Bridge, the view sweeps towards the Babelsberg Palace, the Schlossgarten Glienicke and Sacrow. The Glienicker Bridge can be perfectly integrated into the tour of the 3 parks. It starts at the biosphere from there it goes then into the New Garden, over the swan bridge past the Kongsnaes, Imperial sailor station Potsdam over the Glienicker bridge after Klein Glienicke and then into the
Park Babelsberg. There, a visit to the Flatow Tower is worthwhile. Via the Nuthestraße, the Behlertstraße the bike tour then leads to the Hegelallee and the Brandenburg Gate. About the Luisenplatz then it goes to the Green Grid in the park Sanssouci. On the Ökonomieweg the path leads to the New Palace. The final spurt back to the biosphere leads past the Orangerie and the historic mill of Sanssouci in the Jägervorstadt and the goal of the biosphere.
April 15, 2019
The Glinicker Bridge connects Berlin and Potsdam.
During the GDR era it was officially called "Name Bridge of Unity".
It became a symbol of the Cold War because the border ran right in the middle of the bridge.
After the wall was built, it was only allowed to be crossed by the Allied military or with special permits.
October 22, 2020
At the time of the GDR, the border to West Berlin ran across the bridge. Therefore, it was closed to normal passenger traffic. The Glienicke Bridge became famous as the scene of agent exchanges between the Soviet Union and the USA during the Cold War. The day after the Wall came down, it was reopened to visitors.
November 3, 2022
The bridge, which crosses the Havel, connects the cities of Potsdam and Berlin and offers a beautiful view of the surrounding area.
Not only is cycling on the bridge a special experience, but also its history and importance make it an interesting destination.
The bridge was part of the Cold War and was a border between East and West Berlin, which is why it is also known as the "Bridge of Spies".
During the Cold War, exchange operations between the United States and the then Soviet Union were conducted on the bridge. In one well-known case, US spy Gary Powers was released on the bridge in exchange for a Soviet intelligence officer. This history has made the bridge a significant part of the Cold War and an important symbol of intelligence history.
Today it is a symbol of peace and the reunification of Germany.
The view of the Havel and the surrounding countryside is breathtaking and offers a perfect place to stay and relax. Surrounded by beautiful trees and shrubs, the bridge provides an ideal spot for cycling, walking, or just enjoying nature.
February 3, 2023
There is an interesting book by former border guard Hans-Dieter Behrendt about this border crossing point. I found the book very interesting and factually written.
"Hello, passport control of the GDR": On the activities of the control and security organs at the German-German border between 1945 and 1990
Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: GNN Schkeuditz; Edition: 1st, (22nd February 2008)
ISBN 10: 3898192431
August 20, 2018
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Location: Brandenburg, Germany