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The Battle of Oberbaumbrücke (Upper Tree Bridge) Berlin, Germany

While the reunification of Germany in 1989–90 is generally regarded as an all-round awesome occurrence – not least because at one stage it featured David Hasselhoff standing atop the partially demolished Berlin Wall thundering out a rendition of ‘Looking for Freedom’ – not all neighbouring suburbs of the nation’s capital city were able to kiss and make up after their 30-year divorce. The districts of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, for example, still meet annually on the Oberbaumbrücke (Upper Tree Bridge) to lob water bombs, eggs and rotten fruit and veg at each other.

As everyone knows, a food fight is the most logical way to prove who is best, and the victor is the side that forces the other completely off the bridge. The battle takes place in September, and if you’re keen to get amongst it, then it’s probably worth knowing that the Friedrichshain fruit-throwers are the usual champs, while Kreuzberg’s carrot-lobbing record sucks. Join the underdog – pelt a potato at those uppity Friedrichshainians!


You won’t have to pay a cent to join in the fray, although we recommend you pop down to the shop beforehand and pick up a few weighty root vegetables, otherwise you might end up with egg on your face…

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