Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate lit up at night
Brandenburg Gate lit up at night

Completed in 1791, the Brandenburg Gate or Brandenburger Tor is on of the most renowned monuments in Berlin. As such, it should be high on every visitor's list of things to see and do. This magnificent monument is woven into the history of Berlin and Germany. In November 1998, after the Berlin Wall fell, the 200 year old city gate hastily reinvented itself from division into the symbol of unity.

In the late 1990s, two small buildings were built, replacing the destroyed pavilions. The iron cross was restored back to its rightful home on top of the Brandenburg Gate. A new insignia was made for the staff of the goddess: a Prussian eagle and a wreath with the iron Cross in the centre. This magnificent sculpture aloft the Brandenburg Gate may be seen from a long distance.

On December 22, 1989, a world changing event happened when West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl walked through Brandenburg Gate, welcomed by the East German Prime Minister Hans Modrow. Over 100,000 people came for the official public opening of the east side. This, however, caused damage to the already ageing monument.

On October 3rd, 2002 the Brandenburg City Gate, after two years of fully being restored, was once again opened to the public. However to assure it stays intact and is accessible to visitors as much as possible, its not opened to vehicles.

Throughout its existence this famous monument has often been the location of important historical events. This is where President Ronald Reagan made his famous speech in 1987 to the Soviet leader “tear down this wall.”

When visiting the monument make sure you enjoy a little quiet time in the silent room on the North wing where you can rest and enjoy a break. East side of the monumental gate is the Praiser Platz. This 1.5 hectare square is a main focal point in Berlin. It's surrounded by the American embassy, the Academy of Arts, offices, apartments and the prestigious Adlon Hotel.

Note that full access to the gate is sometimes restricted for special events, so it's a good idea to check the official website prior to planning your visit.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Address: Pariser Platz, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Official Website: Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating One of the popular sites in Berlin. Good photos are best during the day although there would be a lot of people. At night it’s less crowded. Next to the Tor is Tiergarten with war Memorial so if you love park walks you are covered as you learn about the history.
Martin Lutaaya - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Standing beneath the majestic Brandenburg Gate is a truly awe-inspiring experience. The intricate details of the neoclassical facade are even more impressive up close, and the historical significance of the gate adds another layer of weight to the visit. Overall, a visit to the Brandenburg Gate is a must for any trip to Berlin. It's a powerful symbol of history, resilience, and German unity.
Pravesh Verma - a month ago

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5 Star Rating The Brandenburg Gate is not just an iconic landmark; it's a monumental testament to history. Standing before it, you can't help but feel the weight of the past and the hope of the present converging. The neoclassical architecture is a sight to behold, with each column telling a story of Berlin's resilience and transformation. Visiting at different times of the day offers unique experiences - the golden hue of sunrise paints it in an ethereal light, while the evening brings a vibrant atmosphere as locals and tourists alike gather to admire its grandeur. It's more than a gate; it's a gateway to the rich tapestry of Berlin's history. A must-visit for anyone wanting to connect with the heart and soul of the city
Vlad Burca - a month ago

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5 Star Rating This is where you can experience history in the making. This is where fascism was defeated and a new era in humanity started with all the freedoms we enjoy today. If you want to be part of history then you have to be here. Amazing
George Charalambous - in the last week

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5 Star Rating A beautiful place, full of tourists. You can find someone dancing or someone playing music. There are many cafes in the area. You can drink a cup of coffee and walk around the place.
Bayan Namous - in the last week

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How to get to Brandenburg Gate by U-Bahn, S-Bahn or MetroTram

Nearest U-Bahn, S-Bahn or MetroTram Line(s): S1, S2, S5, S7, S25, S75, U6, M1
Nearest U-Bahn, S-Bahn or MetroTram Station(s): Berlin Friedrichstraße, Bundestag, Mohrenstraße

From Berlin Friedrichstraße Station: go south on Friedrichstraße, right on Unter den Linden and continue to Pariser Platz.

From Bundestag Station: make your way south past the Reichstag Building and beside the park along Ebertstraße to Pariser Platz and go left.

From Mohrenstraße Station: walk north on Wilhelmstrasse, and go left on Unter den Linden.

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