The Glienicker Bridge was built between 1904 and 1907 and was destroyed in World War II and reopened in 1949 as Union Bridge. For decades the leaders of East Germany who chose this name fought against unification of Germany.
After the Berlin Wall was built in 1961 only allied military personnel and diplomats were allowed to pass on the bridge. Since Nov. 10, 1989, the bridge has reopened for everybody due to the peaceful revolution in East Germany.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Berlin Wall marker series.
Location. 52° 24.808′ N, 13° 5.413′ E. Marker is in Berlin, Berlin. Marker is on Berliner Strasse. Touch for map. The Glienicker Bridge was also known as the Spy Bridge. On Feb 10, 1962, Colonel Rudolph Able, the Soviet master-spy was exchanged for U2 spy-plane pilot Francis Gary Powers, who as shot down while flying a covert spy mission over the Soviet Union. He had been sentenced to death. The exchange occurred on this bridge at the white line.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 14 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Berliner Mauer" (here, next to this marker); Neuer Garten (New Garden) (approx. 1.5 kilometers away in Brandenburg);
Categories. • War, Cold •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 23, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 222 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 23, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.