The Brandenburg Gate - the representative entrance to the historical part of Berlin. A sandstone construction erected from 1788 - 1791 to the plans of the architect Carl Gotthard Langhans. Crowned in 1794 by the sculpture quadriga and the goddess of victory which were created by Johann Gottfried Shadow.
When the GDR set up the wall in 1961 the Brandenburg Gate was just a few meters behind. And then for 28 years in view from both sides but not reachable in the no mans land. 1987 the U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced a speech in front of the Gate addressing CPSU General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev: "Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
If you're in Berlin, Brandenburg Gate is a must see. A former city gate dating back to the 1700's, most will instantly recognize this iconic structure from the Cold War. Unlike most iconic structures in Europe, the area isn't covered in gypsies/beggars. What was unfortunate, though, was the group of Iranian protestors occupying space very close to the Gate. This is largely because of the high concentration of embassies in the area.
Despite the protestors, though, it's a good place to see. Next time I'd like to see it at night, which shouldn't be difficult. The Gate within close walking distance to the wonderful Berlin Marriott Hotel. There's also a pretty good Currywurst stand nearby.
If you're in Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate is one of those things that you have to go see, or else your visit isn't really complete. It's a fine triumphal arch, and an iconic symbol not only of Berlin but of all of Germany.
That being said, it's not terribly big, you can't take a ride to the top for a spectacular view, and you can't eat at a restaurant located there. In fact, there really isn't much to do there other than to look at it for five or ten minutes, snap some pictures, and then leave, which I think is what most tourists do.
Impressive, but disappointed that it has become like Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, full of touristy characters like fake WWII soldiers, life size "Berlin" bears posing for photos, and even DARTH VADER. Really??
I wouldn't mind if these stupid characters weren't standing 500 meters from the gate, blocking an excellent photo opportunity. Yes, you know they purposely stand there to get in your photo, hoping to get a euro out of you for being a good tourist "prop".
I hope Berlin cleans up this area, and let visitors stop by and see this gate, and remember that it once separated East and West. Now, its just a stupid tourist trap with kebop carts adverstising food. No wonder there's a Starbucks located just down the walkway.
I guess come SUPER early like 0700, or super late like midnight. Getting there at 10:00 was no bueno.
Berlin is full of important and impressive sites that you will need to fit in to your visit. This is another one that you must see. It won't take you a huge amount of time, but I'm pretty confident you will come away in awe of the size and majestic nature of this symbolic part of Berlin.
It was a gate between the east and west before the wall came down and now it stand still as a reminder of the difficult history that this city has had. Go along and look up at this impressive work of architecture. You will be glad you took the time.
This is one of the must sees landmarks in Berlin. Since you are going to see it anyway, I might as well try to give you some pointers.
Most bus tours provide service on the Western Side of gate.
During day, there are plenty of photo ops including with fake US and USSR soldiers holding flags.
You can get a passport stamp here with Eastern Germany.
Made sure to come twice.
Touristy? Yes. But don't care.
The gate gave me chills.
One of the must sees on any tourist's visit to Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate is the only surviving city gate left standing today
Commissioned by Friedrich Wilhelm in the 1730s to represent peace, it draws the inspiration for its design from the Propylaea, the gateway to the Acropolis in Athens. Damaged in World War 2 , it was only fully restored in 2000-2002
It's close enough to Potsdamer Platz and the Reichstag Building to do a good walking tour taking in the Brandenburg Gate. It's in a pedestranised area and therefore easy to photograph without any danger of getting run over!
Keep an eye out for the Hotel Adlon Kempinski nearby, which is where Michael Jackson famously dangled his baby out of the window
This is one of the landmarks in Berlin that you can not miss, it's totally worth going to see!
Originally a main city gate between the East and the West this gate is a total work of art. It's beautiful during the day and a great place to take pictures! The American and French embassies are also located nearby in the plaza. Make sure you make a trip to see the gate at night too because it's awesome all light up!
I definitely enjoyed getting the opportunity to see this landmark, and appreciate the historical significance of it. Visually, it's lovely as well, but full of tourists so it can get difficult to take a photo of anything around here.
This is iconic Berlin, and iconic Freedom itself. Built in the 1700s as a symbol for peace, it is often the flashpoint when peace and freedom are taken away as it was in the 20th C. by the communist regime.
After its recent restoration, passage under the arch was turned over to pedestrian traffic.
My impression is that the light of history is dimmed by the sideshow on the cobblestones today. There are too many buskers, and not enough opportunities to observe or to respect the role this monument has played.
If there was a symbol of the current city of Berlin, this to me would be the Brandenburg Gate. Standing as the gateway between the former east and west Berlin, this iconic gateway is a tourist Mecca now. It is overrun by vendors and random characters (I saw Mario and luigi, walking stuffed bears - which does make some sense due to the bear being the symbol of Berlin, but still). Overall, a great place for a photo to show the world you were in Berlin. It is very centrally located and a good place to meet tours or start your sightseeing.
Probably the key monument from any visit to Berlin
Its just there
This is the one snapshot every tourist takes in Berlin because it represents the same iconic image for that metropolis that the Eiffel Tower does for Paris, that the Empire State Building does for New York, that Big Ben does for London, that the House of Prime Rib does for San Francisco. Hey, we all have our own landmarks, and there is no arguing with the majesty of its classic architecture based on the Propylaea, the gateway to the Acropolis in Athens. There is the famous chariot, the Quadriga, which crowns the top as Victoria, the Roman goddess of victory, steers the horses. She is statue. Hear her roar.
For some reason, I thought auto traffic drove through it but no, the area is mostly pedestrianized. It stands west of the cobblestone Parisier Platz where many of the embassies are. The Kennedy Museum is here and so is a very busy Starbucks, as well as the Hotel Adlon where Michael Jackson infamously dangled "Blanket" out of a window a decade ago to the horror of the world. But he wasn't the only headline grabber here as this is where Reagan told Gorbachev to tear down the wall back in 1987. I have to say that the Brandenburg Gate looks exactly the way it looks in pictures (see my gallery). Unlike me where the camera adds ten pounds, and please don't ask me how many cameras were pointed at me.
You can't visit Berlin and not see the Brandenburg Gate. Really. Skip Check Point Charlie, the Berlin Wall is cool to see... but the Brandenburg Gate really is the focal point of the city.
So much history and really a beautiful landmark. Right next door by the way is the US Embassy and on the other side, the Kennedy Museum.
Make sure you leave time to see this, and snap a couple of pictures.
An absolutely beautiful piece of architecture, the Brandenburg Gate is a must-see for anyone visiting Berlin. Thankfully, with its central location visiting the Brandenburg Gate isn't an out-of-the-way thing to do.
When I was last in Berlin, I was visiting during the Berlin Marathon, and the Brandenburg Gate was the finish line. From that moment on, I told myself that I would one day come back and run the Berlin Marathon. I mean, how awesome would it be to end your race at the Brandenburg Gate? Being able to end your epic journey by passing through this historic gate would pretty much be one of the great moments in life.
You can't leave Berlin without seeing the Brandenburg Gate! It's the most iconic structure of the city. The area is filled with tours and visitors, so having patience is key.
Knowing how many famous events that have happened next to what I think is Germany's most famous landmark is powerful.
Napoleon came here and took the chariots on top of the gate back to France as a prize. Kennedy also visited and Reagan gave his famous speech here.
A very powerful symbol to see in person.
This spot is so Berlin. One side was east, the other west. One side all business, the other a beautiful park. Not to mention the historical significance as it was built as a symbol of peace, but became a symbol of division with the Wall and it's no-man's-land running right through it, as well as the great Kennedy and Reagan speeches delivered here.
My first visit to the East was in 1981 and you could only get to the corner of Wilhelmstraße and Unter den Linden and had to gaze at it from afar because the no man's land was between you and the Tor and the Wall ran behind it closer to the park. Joining you on the corner were East German police with machine guns at the ready. It was an eerie place and time. But now it is one of the most lively, fun and festive places to visit.
The Brandenburg Gate is one of the few famous tourist attractions in Berlin (along with Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag, and the remains of the wall) so if you're travelling it's probably something you need to see. It's sort of like the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Empire State Building in New York. Even if you don't spend a ton of time there - you should at least stop by.
Because of the tourist traffic, there is a small amount of busking, petitioning, and overpriced souvenir selling that goes on nearby - much as you find by any major tourist destination.
The gate itself is impressive architecturally, and you can read a brief history on some informative plaques nearby. There's not a ton to actually *do* at the gate. You don't go inside it or interact with it in any way. So you don't need to budget lots of time or money for this attraction.
More so than the Wall, the Brandenburg Gate has always been the symbol of Berlin, in my mind. You have to understand that I watched the movie "1, 2, 3" many times as a young child.... and thought that the Brandenburger Tor was the only gateway between the "good guys" and the "bad guys". Check out that movie if you haven't already!
That being said, a stop here was a must.... and it did not disappoint.
Really amazing how it was not hurt though all of history and remained really beautiful on the top. Understandable that they don't want any buildings built in the area that will outshine it.
Fun fact: the statue on top was renamed 'victory' (instead of 'peace') after it was returned to Germany after Napoleon stole it. The square was renamed something along the lines of Paris or France at the time as well. Making it 'victory over Paris/France' and the statue stares at where the French embassy is now. US embassy is there as well.
The Tor is pretty frickin awesome. And that's before you see it in some of the iconic images during the time of the Berlin Wall. If these walls could speak.as the saying goes! Having been to a couple of Berlin Wall related monuments before coming to the Tor, I felt pretty much in awe of the place! If you have time and can do things in that order then I would recommend it.
Unfortunately, as with all major tourist attractions, it has it's fair share of scroungers after your moneyand I'm including the people who paint themselves silver or something and stand motionless on boxes in that category. Yeahwell doneyeah.you managed to p*ss me off without even moving.what a useful talent.
And I've gone off on one of my rants again. I am sorry, I shouldn't because despite this the place is still worth a 5. It is the must see monument in Berlin for me.
Brandenburg Gate neoclassical architecture style is fantastic! It was built about 1791 by Carl Gotthard Langhans for Prussian king Frederick William II. Reichstag building is quite near. Berlin city gate become a famous country landmark. The place was early evening very busy and ambiance was nice.
Wow, there are some really great reviews of the Brandenburg Gates in Berlin on Yelp. I hadn't heard of the Brandenburg Gates before I went on a cruise and stopped in Berlin. I didn't know much about the history or significance of this structure. I saw the Brandenburg Gates, took pictures, and got a postcard, but I wasn't that amazed by it. It's definitely a tourist stop in Berlin.
I guess this is more of a funny story than a review really ( 5 stars because it's a great triumphal arch). I was interning at a law firm in Berlin and while running an errand with a secretary we ran into a tourist who was looking for the 'tor. Long story short, despite working about 300 yards from the gate and having grown up in Berlin, she ( the secretary) had never been to it and had no idea how to get to it. I found that amusing. I took her to it and helped the hapless tourist. The end.
A really massive gate with some horses on top of it. Which also appear in a newspaper I believe. Also - it's in Berlin, which is a great city!
I really should learn some history...
As my boots crunched on the stones set into the spaces where the wall used to stand, I had to suppress a shudder. Once this was inaccessible for people and I remember - I remember the day when the wall fell.
That memory of a city divided was eerie as I looked at the tourists crossing the street without a thought. I watched people move about with a freedom that for half my life was denied to those living here.
It's a monument to many things. It's a memory of many things. But right now, it's a tourist attraction.
The Brandenburg Gate, or Brandenburger Tor in German, is one of the top attractions in Berlin. Located on Pariser Platz at the end of Unter den Linden it is the only remaining city gate in Berlin.
The gate, as one would expect, is now a magnet for tourists as it is a very famous symbol of Berlin. The Reichstag is only a short walk away one block to the north, making it an ideal first port-of-call on the way to the seat of the German government.
There's not much to do here apart from take a few photos, but it is definitely worth a visit if you are in Berlin.
What a terrible gate! Booo!
Just kidding, it's fantastic. I don't know if I can add anything that hasn't already been said
In spring and summer, it's a great spot just for sitting and people watching.
And in December it makes a beautiful backdrop for the Christmas lights on Unter den Linden.
Regardless of the time of the year, it never disappoints.
By the way, the horses on top (the Quadriga), are a replica, not original. Apparently the Quadriga was heavily damaged during the war and the original (or what's left of it) is on display in the Märkisches museum in Mitte.
A focal point of this part of Berlin the Brandenburger Tor is hard to miss. Located at the end of Unter den Linden it's only minutes from Potsdamer Platz, the Holocaust Memorial, the Bundestag and the Tiergarten.
Originally built as a monument to Prussian militarism it has since (along with the Siegessäule) been reclaimed as a symbol of peace and German unity. It was a potential flashpoint when the city was crudely divided in August 1961 and the original rolls of barbed wire were replaced with bricks and, eventually, the wasteland that was the border strip. The area eventually came bacl to life when it was the epicentre of the celebrations that tore the wall down in November 1989.
The "must see" sight of Berlin. It personally did not blow me away. Instead, the tourist traps really detracted from the experience. All the way leading up to it are people dressed up in costumes, trying to get pictures taken with them so they could make a few bucks.
You have to stop by to see the Brandenburger Tor! It's super easy to get here with the metro either the UBahn or SBahn, to stop by to take pictures. Definitely worth seeing!
As you come up the steps from the U-Bahn and see this in front of you you'll find yourself taking a deep breath and maybe having a bit of a tear in your eye. Having seen the Tor in so many films, books and pictures, it's more than a little bit amazing to see it in real life.
It funny how many times one goes to an historic place only to find out its far smaller than expected. This was the case with the gate. The square was packed with people. It seems a sort of mecca for tourist interested in the full range of Berlins history. What I mean is not just the IIww part.
Its good that the area is free from traffic apart from bikes and the occasional horse drawn carriage and peddle taxis.
It is possible to see bullet marks on the gate. But its so great to see it intact.
What I did hate was the big USA flag in the left corner of the square. Talk about in your face!
I visited Berlin first in 1984 and actually spent some time on the east side of the Wall on a project I was doing. We often waved to the people on the west through the gate (they were on a raised platform on the west side of the wall !)
I went again in 1989 on a journalistic trip to see the Wall come down and spent an unbelievable weekend as the east met the west.
I have been a regular visitor to Berlin ever since and always make a visit to the Brandenburg Gate and sit at a table at Starbucks to watch the world go by.
See my photos from 1984, 1989 and then
the photograph of the 2005 commemoration of the end of the war 1945.
In 1989 I brought back home some authentic chunks of wall, had them mounted and raffled them for a Breast Scanner Appeal.
At Christmas they usually have a decorated tree in the middle of Pariser Platz.
Icon of the Berlin! Funny story, the US actaully asked Germany to move this beacuse it was too close to the emabssy for security reason. You guessed it, Germany said no! It is another beautiful piece of architecture in Berlin. The EuroCup was going on here while I was visiting and Germany was one the last few teams remaining so there were giants screens and projectors playing the games here every night. It made for an eventful evening with all of the Berliners!
An essential as a tourist. It's pretty but nothing monumental (like Eiffel Tower or Big Ben), just an important part of history.
This is a stunning piece of architecture. It's incredible to think it was built so long ago, and what it has represented at different periods of Germany's history. You will absolutely want to see this.
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