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"The Construction Details of the City's Symbol" Top 5 Page for this destination Brandenburger Tor Tip by Kakapo2

Brandenburger Tor, Berlin: 190 reviews and 313 photos

  Reliefs adorn the panels between the pillars.
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  • Reliefs adorn the panels between the pillars. - Berlin
      Reliefs adorn the panels between the pillars.
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  • Bad actors: wannabe soldiers at Brandenburg Gate. - Berlin
      Bad actors: wannabe soldiers at Brandenburg Gate.
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  • The photo bear man or man bear at Brandenburg Gate - Berlin
      The photo bear man or man bear at Brandenburg Gate
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  • The quadriga on top of Brandenburg Gate. - Berlin
      The quadriga on top of Brandenburg Gate.
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The neo-classical construction is 65.5 m wide, 26 m high and 11 m deep. It has six 15 m high pillars of Dorian style on each side, and those pillars are connected by a kind of limestone panels which are adorned by beautiful reliefs.

Some of the reliefs depict Hercules’s achievements.

On both sides of the Gate were guardhouses for customs and taxes. When they were not needed for this purpose anymore, they were opened up into open halls, held by pillars. In those gate-houses you find sculptures of the gods Mars and Minerva.

The Gate is crowned by the Quadriga, a two-wheeled chariot drawn by four horses and driven by the goddess of victory.

It is the only surviving of originally five city gates.

Click here for my tip about the history of Brandenburger Tor.

Update Oct. 2012 - The Brandenburg Gate area being turned into a cheap amusement park

On my recent visit to Berlin I was less than impressed with the tourist activities that have developed in the Brandenburg Gate area. Everybody is trying to rip some Euro off tourists, the activities turn the boulevard Unter den Linden into a cheap amusement park. Even the uniformed guys who, against a charge, posed for photos at Checkpoint Charlie have multiplied and spread to the cobbled area on the eastern side of Brandenburg Gate. But they do not just stand there with the American and German flags (instead of the American and Russian flags - or has there been the reunification of an American and German sector???), they pose like rockstars, not like the original soldiers that once had turned Berlin into a sad place of separation: jumping, yelling, going down on their knees. Just horribly bad actors.

A man in bear outfit also tried to find customers to be photographed with. He was less obtrusive than the wannabe soldiers, and he even made me laugh because the look on the bear's face was sooo sad and scared that you just had to stare at him. And he did not make any noise - with the consequence that he had far less business than the rubbish soldiers.

Up and down the promenade Unter den Linden and around the gate and over to Reichstag pedalled drinking and screaming tourists on the new kind of hospitality bikes called Conference Bikes or Bar Bikes: they are like rolling tables, everyone is pedalling but only one rider is steering and braking. All these activities gave the area the feelng of a cheap amusement park which locals are starting to avoid. Me too. But sure, we are lucky, there are so many other fantastic things to see and do in Berlin that you can afford to flee the scene after having had a look at the Gate.

Photo 2 shows the idiot soldiers who are now posing in front of Brandenburg Gate, photo 3 the bear with the sad look in his eyes.

Address: Pariser Platz, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
Directions: U-Bahn U 55, station Brandenburger Tor, U 2 Mohrenstraße, U 6 Franzosenstraße
S-Bahn Unter den Linden

Phone: 100200

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  • Updated Oct 21, 2012
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