Weidendammer Bridge
The Weidendammer Bridge is an 73 m (240 ft) long bridge where the Friedrichstrasse crosses the Spree river in the central Mitte district of Berlin, Germany. It is notable for its ornate wrought iron railings, lanterns and Imperial eagles.

In 1685 a wooden drawbridge was built on the site in the course of the creation under Elector Frederick William I of Hohenzollern of a new western suburb of the city, Dorotheenstadt. Named after nearby willow ( Weiden) trees on the riverbank, it was demolished for a cast iron construction erected in 1824, one of the first in Central Europe. Again too small after the exponential population growth of Berlin as the capital of the German Empire, it was again replaced by the current bridge built between 1895 and 1896. During the Battle of Berlin the Weidendammer Bridge was one of the few Spree crossings that had not been destroyed. On the night of 1 May 1945 a Tiger tank from the SS Division Nordland spearheaded an attempt to storm the bridge to allow hundreds of German soldiers and civilians to escape across it but it was destroyed by a soviet anti-tank round. There were three subsequent assaults on the bridge, one of which was led by a self-propelled gun and a half-track. During one of them Martin Bormann and Artur Axmann managed to cross the river by the bridge after escaping from the Führerbunker following Adolf Hitler’s suicide.

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