Brandenburg Gate

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7 Pariser Platz, Berlin, Germany

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skiathos skiathos
31 reviews
The Speakers Corner and Party Hub of Special Events in Berlin Aug 17, 2011
I have to agree to some extent with Londonstudents review - a gate, is afterall a gate.

However, I never visit Berlin without dropping by here. I still get a buzz from being able to walk though it, something you couldn't do back in 1987, when I first visited. (Back then, you could only cross at Checkpoint Charlie or Friedrichstr. B-Hof, with a special day visa and under the chilling scrutiny of armed guards); so for me, personally, it is and always will be, a triumphant symbol of freedom and the collective power of ordinary people.

As an architectural structure it is very beautiful and impressive and really has to be seen to be fully appreciated. The carriage and horse structure on the top of the Gate is called the Quadriga. This was taken by Napoleon as a war trophy, then reclaimed by the Prussian Army in 1814 following a victory over France. It is made of copper, and gets its green colour due to the oxidisation process with the air.

If you've visited before, go at the weekend when you might not get the best views, but there is usually stuff going on, beside the odd Mickey Mouse and rick-shaw ride.(all stuff which I loathe).

At the weekend, the area round the gate is often used as a creative Speakers' Corner, which I think is more in keeping with the spirit and history of the place. Occasionally, during special events such as the Quarter Final of the World Cup, The Gate becomes an electrifying focal point for what is known as the Party Meile or Party mile along Straße des 17 Juni.

Pariser Platz, where the Gate is situated is a very beautiful square and home to the Kennedy Museum. The Reichstag (parliament) is just around the corner. In the opposite direction is the intriguing Holocaust Memorial, and from here you can walk down Ebertstr. to Potsdamer Platz, home to the Sony Centre and February's world famous Goldener Bär Film Festival.

Marked free, as costs nothing to just wander around the area.
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Meech301 Meech301
2 reviews
Famous Landmark Mar 11, 2011
Usually when i see pictures of Brandenburg gate it's covered with tourist. I had to wake up around 6am, grab a coffee and take a short 15min walk to get to the gate. This is the only gate left which people had to pass to get to Berlin. It was damagaged in WWII but was restored in 2002..a must see.
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nik2blessed says:
neato to be able to see such a site
Posted on: Apr 28, 2011
cath5858 cath5858
3 reviews
Brandenburg gate, a great way to start a day May 28, 2011
I started the day at Brandenburg gate and worked up my way to the Museum Insle. If you take the right twists and turns, this trajectory is a great way to start your discovery of Berlin.

Do not stop too long at Checkpoint Charlie, its kind of like the Disneyland of Berlin, so everything is high priced for tourism. There is a museum on the wall of Berlin there, do not go, its 12 euros for stuff you could know about from the things written along some parts of the wall (example: escape stories, etc)

The topography of terrors, close to Checkpoint Charlie, is free and outdoors, and a good and insightful exposition on the horrors of the gestapo.
Behre Behre
3 reviews
Brandenburg Gate is a must for tourists Jun 21, 2011
The Brandenburg Gate is a 26 meters high, 65.5 meters wide and 11 meters deep, early-classical stone building from Sandstone.It is just great and the story behind this building to see. A must for every holiday makes in Germany

For free! Have fun!
adriadri adriadri
7 reviews
Brandenburg Gate Sep 21, 2010

It's huge!!!! I loved it, its very beautiful!

i felt so tiny when i was under it, next to it...near it! It's in a walking distance from the Reichstag. And it was one of themain crossing point fro East to West Berlin.
blanchvegas blanchve…
3 reviews
Amazing Feb 22, 2009
Went to the gate during holidays so they had christmas tree and holiday shops set up. Gate itself is beautifull and amazing to walk right under it. Near the Reichstag, old wall, Holocaust memorial, and plenty of other sites! I rate very cheap since it is free to walk around!
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138 reviews
Jan 15, 2008
Branderburger Tor(Brandenburg Gate) is perhaps the most symbolic building in Berlin. Its located at the end of Under den Linden , which is germanys biggest promenade street. Its located at Parizer Platz (Paris Square), next to several important Embassies.

Branderburger Tor was also a wall that separated East and West Berlin and if you walk through the gate you can see the bricks in the road which shows where the Berlin Wall once where. Its lying Between the Reichstag and the Holocaust Memorial so its a great chance you see many things in just an hour. Dont expect to hang around here for so long, its basically only a monument with a lot of history.

The Free Berlin Tours (Recommended!) starts in front of Starbucks where you can see Branderburger Tor.
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sylviandavid says:
good information : thanks for sharing this. sylvia
Posted on: Nov 02, 2009
Eric Eric
408 reviews
May 16, 2006
Brandenburg Gate stands at the end of Unter den Linden, one of the grandest streets and pedestrian thoroughfares in Berlin. During the Cold War, it was surrounded by the Berlin Wall, and it came to symbolize the division (then reunification) of Germany. As triumphal arches go, this one is monumental and impressive. It also sits on the border of an important plaza: both the American and Russian embasses are close by. Most significantly of all, there is a Starbucks on the opposite side of the plaza, right in the heart of former East Berlin. I don't know whether or not to find this ironic, offensive, or entertaining, but I imagine there is some controversy over this awkward placement.
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sylviandavid says:
sounds like if you find the gate you can go have a cup of coffee and contemplate it... There was a starbucks in the Forbidden City but I think they got run out although they changed their signs and tried to blend.
Posted on: Nov 02, 2009
londonstudent londonst…
31 reviews
Oct 08, 2004
The trouble with gates is that there is not a lot to do except look at them and walk through them. The Brandenburg Gate is large and impressive, if you find that kind of thing impressive, and of course is also redolent of Berlin's history: amongst other things it was an important crossing point between East and West Berlin. All of this comes to mind as one gazes on it, but then it also comes to mind when one gazes at a photograph. In truth, you look at it from one side, take a pic, walk through an arch and look at it from the other side. Ten minutes, tops. Unless, of course, you are one of those keen types who want to examine it closely in excruciating detail, which I am not.But there are good reasons for going there nonetheless. First, it is so famous that deliberately not to visit it just seems downright perverse. Second, it is very pleasantly situated in Pariser Platz, which is pedestrianised and sometimes has street performers - if the weather is fine it is a good spot to which to take your lunch and watch the world go by. And third, it is a good starting point for other excursions: the Tiergarten is to the west, the Reichstag to the north, Unter den Linden to the east, and the new Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe to the south.So go, to say that you have seen it, be impressed by it if you like, but don't expect to be there very long.
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skiathos says:
Good review, as gives an accurate description of a typical day at the Gate and you are right,it is a good starting point for an excursion to other sights. Also agree,in good weather, it's lovely to sit on the neaby benches along Tiergarten having a picnic and watching the passersby.
Posted on: Jul 24, 2011
stevemco says:
ladyluck13and7... Most people don’t like the truth. They'd much prefer a sugarcoated version. Most are probably better sticking with a theme park instead of venturing out in the real world. I think true amazement is in the sights, sounds and smells of travel. You are going to love Dubai BTW. I’d recommend purchasing you tickets to the Burj Khalifa online before you depart. Have fun and thanks for the comment.
Posted on: Oct 12, 2010
ladyluck13and7 says:
Why is this not at the top of the review pile? You just say it like it is!
Posted on: Aug 03, 2010

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