- Brandenburg Gate is among the 3 best rated Tourist Attractions in Berlin.
Brandenburg Gate is located at Pariser Platz, in the centre of the Berlin.The classical structure is one of the most important and most beautiful structures in Germany. Counting the quadriga on top, it is approximately 26 metres high. It features a number of different statues and reliefs, many of which are dedicated to the numerous historical events the gate is linked to.
The Brandenburg Gate looks back upon 200 years of turbulent history. Today, it is a symbol for the German re-unification and, of course, the capital's most famous landmark.
Brandenburg Gate was built between 1788 and 1791. The order for the construction of the gate came from Frederic William II. because he wanted a respectable finishing construction for his marvellous avenue “Unter den Linden”. It was built from sandstone and undoubtedly is one of the most beautiful edifices of the German classicistic period.
In 1793, the Quadriga, designed by Johann Gottfried Schadow, was placed on the Brandenburg Gate. It came off three times. After having defeated Prussia, Napoleon had the Quadriga replaced to Paris. 8 years later it was taken back to its original place. During the Second World War, the Brandenburg Gate was heavily damaged. The statuary art was damaged to an extent that it had to be replaced in parts through copies during the reconstruction works in 1956.
The Brandenburg gate remained isolated for three decades, during the GDR period. It remained in the centre of the world's attention. On 22 Dec 1989, the gate was opened and 10,000 people were celebrating it on-site. The Quadriga was damaged by accident during the reunification celebrations to an extent that it had to be restored again two years later. The sandstone was not in a appropriate condition either, so the decision was taken to renew Brandenburg Gate entirely. On 3 Oct 2002, the restoration of the Brandenburg Gate was complete. Ever since, it has attracted many tourists to Berlin.
How to get there
Brandenburg Gate is located at Pariser Platz in the centre of Berlin. The easiest way to get here is on public transport. Use tram lines S1, S2, S25, or subway line U55, and get off at Brandenburg Gate.