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.
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Category: Landmarks & Historical Buildings
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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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