The Bridge of Spies. /// Have you seen #TomHanks in the middle of the night, veiled by the fog while exchanging a Russian spy held by the Americans for and American spy pilot that was held by the Soviets after his plane crashed over the USSR? Then you must know that this was based on the true story of the Glienicke Bridge. A border crossing point, but one that was somewhat out of the limelight, in the periphery making it ideal location for more obscure situations and discrete encounters between the powers in conflict during the Cold War.
I read in Wikipedia that of all the checkpoints between West Berlin and the DDR (East Berlin and East German Republic), the Bridge was the only checkpoint being under full Soviet control; all other checkpoints were under East German control, and had no Soviet presence.
Today the bridge just looks like a normal bridge, a relic from the beginning of our past century. It crosses over the Havel as it connects the Berlin suburb of Wannsee with the city of Potsdam, capital of Brandenburg. It is quite remarkable how normal and holly everything looks, river cruise boats and other private boats continuously pass under it, cyclist tour through it, of course the motor vehicular traffic as well. And it is surrounded by the beautiful parks and other green spaces, former playgrounds of the monarchy, that follow the Havel towards Potsdam.
This photo was taken right above the line that demarcated the border, right on the middle of the bridge and now a small metal plaque stands as a reminder.
I hope to have the chance one day to go there during a foggy morning or evening and try to get a photo with the right atmosphere, something that would make you see it as the Bridge of Spies.
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