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The Brandenburger Tor or Brandenburg Gate is the only surviving Berlin city gate from the 18th century and a symbol of the reunified city. It was built as an entrance gate to Unter den Linden, which at the time led directly to the city palace of the Prussian monarchs. A historically significant monument on Pariser Platz, it has been a witness to the evolution of the city through turbulent as well as peaceful times.

Designed by architect Carl Gotthard Langhans in 1791, it was based on the Propylaea of the Acropolis in Athens. The 65-metre wide 20-metre high classical sandstone edifice has 12 Doric columns forming five passageways, of which the middle was originally reserved for royalty. The off-white gate is decorated with reliefs and sculptures illustrating Greek mythology, including the exploits of Hercules which allude to times of war followed by redevelopment. In 1793, a quadriga statue of a 4-horse cart driven by Eirene, the Goddess of Peace was added atop the gate, pointing to the city centre in the east. The quadriga was appropriated to the Louvre, Paris by Napolean in 1806, and returned to Berlin after his defeat in 1814. It was redesigned with a laurel wreath, Prussian eagle and iron cross to represent Viktoria - the Goddess of Victory, and the Brandenburg Gate became a Prussian triumphal arch. A symbol of Nazi propaganda, the gate was heavily damaged in World War II and subsequently restored. It is flanked by two small buildings, Haus Liebermann and Haus Sommer, which were built to replace the earlier pavilions that were destroyed. The Brandenburg Gate was closed off when Germany was divided, and finally opened up to signify the reunification of Berlin.

Book a guided tour of the Brandenburg Gate to learn about its significance and history. It is a highlight of any trip to Berlin.

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About Brandenburg Gate

 Pariser Platz, Berlin, Germany

 +49 30 2500233

 http://www.berlin.de

Brandenburg Gate and Nearby Attractions on Map

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Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall(1.3 km)
Little is left of the Berlin Wall at its original site, which was destroyed almost everywhere when Germany was reunified in 1989.

Neues Museum

Neues Museum(1.4 km)
The Neues Museum or New Museum on Berlin’s Museuminsel stands as a monument to 19th century art appreciation, museum design and technological innovation.

Kammermusiksaal

Kammermusiksaal(1 km)

Kollhoff Tower

Kollhoff Tower(0.8 km)
The 101 metre tall Kollhoff Tower on 1 Potsdamer Platz has an open observation deck on the roof that offers breathtaking views of Berlin.

Panoramapunkt

Panoramapunkt(0.8 km)

Neue Kirche

Neue Kirche(1.1 km)
The Neue Kirche, also known as Deutscher Dom, is one of the 3 buildings of the ‘trinity ensemble’ in the Gendarmenmarkt square, along with the Französische Dom and the Konzerthaus.

Pergamon Museum

Pergamon Museum(1.3 km)
The Pergamon Museum is partially closed for renovation until 2019.

Reichstag

Reichstag(0.3 km)
The historical Reichstag building on the Platz der Republik was constructed in 1884-'94 to house the Imperial Diet of the German Empire.

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