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Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

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Brandenburg Gate was built in the 18th century as a defining symbol of the city, but it ended up in the middle of the no-man’s land separating East and West Germany for the better part of the 20th century. Today, this impressive monument epitomizes European unification and continued peace. It often serves as an attractive backdrop for special events, such as concerts. Architect Carl Gotthard Langhans designed the triumphal arch, finding inspiration in classical Greek architecture. He chose this spot to serve as the entry into the city’s renowned boulevard of linden trees. Artist Johan Gottfried Schadow’s sculpture of a winged goddess commanding a chariot crowns the gate. Plan to see Brandenburg Gate and other attractions that appeal to you using our Berlin holiday planner .
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  • Place memory. It is a must that opens different horizons according to the sense in which we pass.
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  • Night for me was the best view as this was illuminated which enhanced the awareness of its size and importance - Health warning ... watch out for the bikes!  more »
  • Symbol of the city. Very nice to see both day and night. Very nice the road that starts from the door and crosses the park up to the victory column.
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  • Very impressive historic landmark, and interesting to find out the history behind it! Very very busy area as it's a meeting point for lots of tour guides. Were numerous peaceful protests/awareness raising rallies when we were there too. Huge police presence which could make some people feel uneasy.
  • Feel the weight of history at the Brandenburg Gate. See it in the day time and at night. Get there before or after the crowds if you can. The gate looks stunning in artificial light and is lovely with a blue sky behind it. Visit the museum to learn about the history of the site. There is also an informative display in the Brandenburg Tor U Bahn station for no charge.
  • It's a gate. A beautiful one, a historic one, an imposing one, but not much more. I understand that it is a great symbol, but (for me) as a tourist attraction, it was nothing to write home over. I would recommend visiting the nearby Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe or going around the Reichstag building to see the modern parliament buildings instead. Good for pictures - come in the morning, there will be very few people (we were the only ones there at 8 AM).
  • Very detailed sculptures, monumental in scale. You'll feel very small below the gate and feel overwhelmed by the richness of culture and the history behind it. We were fortunate enough to go here with few people in the area and gave us an opportunity to take great pictures.
  • It is a historic place. Not much do over there. It is just a gate. But a peaceful place. You can take a bike tour. You can also visit a nearby memorial of murdered Jews and also can go to the Reichstag building the modern day parliament.

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