"Branderburger Tor" Brandenburger Tor Tip by magor65
Brandenburger Tor, Berlin: 191 reviews and 315 photos
This is probably the place most tourists head for straight after they come to Berlin. At least we did so. We were lucky to see there a temporary exhibition presenting the history of the Gate. Looking at the photographs it was easier to imagine different stages the place has gone through.
Branderburger Tor was built in 1791 as one of 18 city gates and is the only one that remained. Six doric columns form 5 passageways of which the middle one is the widest. This one was used by the sovereign and the royal family. At the top we can see the Quadriga - a chariot pulled by four horses and driven by the goddess of victory. The gate had to part with its chariot for almost eight years when in 1806 Napoleon took it to Paris. After Napoleon's defeat, Prussian soldiers brought the quadriga back to Berlin. This time a new addition was made - a Prussian eagle. For years the Gate has been a silent witness of many events. During the WW II the buildings around were destroyed and for a long time the Gate was standing lonely, becoming the symbol of division into the East and West. On August 13, 1961 it was the first border checkpoint to be closed. After 28 years it was also here that Berliners celebrated the reunification. And thus the Gate has become the symbol of freedom.
Address: Pariser Platz, Berlin-Mitte
Directions: S-Bahn: Unter den Linden, Bus 100
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