Brandenburger Tor, Berlin

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    The Gate

    by BruceDunning Updated Nov 11, 2007

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    Built in 1790's it is a symbol of peace, but also an arch of triumphs in war. The irony is many war conquerors walked through these columns. Chariot and godess on top is 18 feet high, real name is Quadriga. This is the only gate left of 14, in what was the old part of the original city. The godess has moved around. Napoleon took it for war treasure, but it was retrieved. The Godess has been removed for renovation, I think back in 1990's after, Communism was gone. This was a part of the dividing section, on the east side. There are 12 columns, and 2 extra to the side.
    Surrounding the square are many Embassies, with the last one just recently completed, the US one, after 17 years since the wall was torn down. Taking away from all the ceremonial triumph is a Starbuck's coffee place right here! Americans can't leave well enough alone.

    picture of brochure Godess of Victory is 24 feet tall A wider view Artwork on the square big artwork
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    Troubled History of Berlin's most famous Landmark

    by Kakapo2 Updated Oct 30, 2007

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    This monument on Pariser Platz is Berlin’s most famous landmark – and although it is called a gate it has never been a real gate. The monumental construction was designed by the architect Carl Gotthard Langhans (the Older) as the magnificent western terminus of the boulevard “Unter den Linden”, in the style of Athen’s Propylaea.

    During the times of the Cold War the Brandenburger Tor was the symbol of separation, as it stood right behind the Wall in Berlin’s East, and from West Berlin you could just see the top. Only GDR soldiers were allowed to go near it. Now it is the symbol of the reunification, well, the symbol of Germany, and people from all over the world can peacefully stroll around it and admire the wonderful sandstone reliefs on the inside panels between the pillars that hold the top with the famous Quadriga, designed by Johann Gottfried Schadow.

    Built from 1788 to 1791 in neo-classical style, and the Quadriga added in 1793, the Brandenburger Tor has an incredibly troublesome history. The Quadriga had to be demounted no less than three times. In 1806 Napoleon took it to Paris after he had defeated the Prussians. In 1814 the successful Alliance (famous General Blücher) took it back to Berlin. During World War II it was so badly damaged that it was replaced by a replica in 1956. However, on request of the East the Iron Cross and the Eagle had to be demounted.

    From 1961 to 1989 the Brandenburger Tor was isolated between the political systems. On 22 December 1989 it was opened, and 100,000 people partied around it. On on New Year’s Eve the Quadriga was damaged. In 1991 it was restored, and got the Iron Cross and the Eagle back. Damaged by air pollution and neglect, also the Gate needed a make-over some years later. It was reopened on 3 October 2002. The idea to open it for vehicular traffic was dismissed because the exhaust residues would do a lot of damage.

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    The Quadriga back with Iron Cross and Eagle.
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    Listen to the Sounds of Silence in Raum der Stille

    by Kakapo2 Written Oct 29, 2007

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    In the western wing of Brandenburger Tor you find the Raum der Stille (Room of Silence). A nice idea, I think. Mobile phones are not allowed – which is a welcome change to the ever beeping busy world of the always available human beings. However, you should not feel the need to relax before 11am. And you should be refreshed before 6pm. Those are the opening hours of the Room of Silence.

    While in the area, we joked about the opening hours of this cool room. Sure, you should be in front of Reichstag first thing in the morning, so you do not spend the whole day in the queue of visitors of the crystal dome. But after queuing you should not be too exhausted as the Room of Silence will not be open yet. So walk past it, and visit the Holocaust Memorial. Walk slowly enough, so you do not reach the Memorial’s museum before 10am – as it does not open before that time. Stay about one hour, then slowly walk back to Brandenburger Tor, turn your mobile phone off, have a deep breath – the Raum der Stille is open now… ;-)

    There is more thought behind the creation of the room than just silence. It invites people of all colours, races and origin, and finally it is an appeal for tolerance and peaceful spirit, against violence and xenophobia.

    No cellphones, no xenophobia...
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    A must in Berlin

    by aeroarce Written Sep 25, 2007

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    Always remember the pictures of the 89 when the wall felt down, I still remember the surroundings of the Brandemburger Tor full of people on both sides of the wall standing on top of the wall, waiting for the time when they could cross the border lines and be free. now days all the landscape has change a lot, just almost 20 years and little resambles of that era, new buildings, magnificent buildings, hotels and embassies are around this wonderful gate. in one side the Tiergarten, on the other side Mitte.

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    Brandenburg Gate

    by smirnofforiginal Updated Aug 22, 2007

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    The last remaining of the city's eighteen 18th century gates. This is the symbol of Berlin.

    On top of the gate is Quadriga, originally a symbol of peace. Quadriga was dismantled by Napoleon in 1806 and taken to Paris. It was returned to Berlin in 1814 and declared a symbol of Victory. The goddess Quadriga then received her (Prussian) eagle and iron cross. It was here, in May 1945, that the Soviet flag was raised. (The gate sits in East Berlin).

    The north room is the Raum der Stille and opposite is a souvineer shop / tourist information.

    In front of the gate is the Pariser Platz upon which sits Hotel Adlon (famous people that have stayed here include Charlie Chaplin & Bill Clinton). From Pariser Platz runs Unter den Lindon. Behind the gate is Tiergarten Park.

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    Brandenburg Gate - Symbol of Berlin

    by zuyao Written Aug 10, 2007

    Images of Berlin often include the famous Brandenburg Gate. So this gate is a must-visit when you are Berlin. It is not a very grand or magnificent monument. However, it is more admired for its historical value - a symbol of unity and freedom after the unification of Berlin.

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    Bradenburg Gate

    by mileslunn Written Jul 25, 2007

    Built in the 1700s, this has become a major monument in Berlin. It was what divided the city between East and West later on and also was where Reagan gave his famous "tear down this wall" speech back in 1987. It is also right in front of the hotel where Michael Jackson dangled the baby from.

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    Berlin's only remaining city gate

    by fairestmom Updated Jul 13, 2007

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    Seeing the Brandenburg Gate in person was such an amazing thing. It's so beautiful and grande--the entrance to the Unter den Linden boulevard. It was such a thrill to walk through this gateway and to see all those people going about their daily lives.

    After the Fall of the Wall the Brandenburg Gate was re-opened on December 22, 1989. Johannes, our exchange student in 1991, gave me a piece from the Wall when he lived with us. A true piece of history!

    street mimes in front of Brandenburg Gate Symbolic Wall remains near Potsdamer Platz another view at the Wall with Annetta
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  • Brandenburg Gate

    by Mariajoy Updated Jun 10, 2007

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    Dating from 1788-91, the "Gate of Peace" designed by Karl Gotthard Langhans is probably one of Berlin's most well known landmarks.

    During the early 70's when I lived here in Berlin it was of course impossible to walk through the arches as the Berlin Wall ran directly in front of it and only the top was visible from the west. It's very different now thankfully.

    It was funny being asked by an American guy to take his picture, standing in front of the gate where the Quadriga faces east. He spoke to me in his best German - I didn't bother explaining that I wasn't.

    Mein Hosts informed me that during the 90's the Pariser Platz on the east side had been transformed into the busy thriving area it is now with the Hotel Adlon and Academy of Arts. Here you can also pick up one of the many Rickshaws that dart around the city.

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    Brandenburger Tor

    by lashr1999 Written Jun 3, 2007

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    The Brandenburger Tor was designed by Karl Langhans and erected from 1778-1791. He modeled it after the entrance of the Acropolis in Athens. Over the years the gate has symbolize a variety of ideas. The gate was originally used to symbolize peace. During the Nazi times it was the site of Nazi celebrations in 1933 and was used to symbolize Hitler’s rise to power. The gate during the cold war became a symbol of the division of East and West Berlin. When the wall fell the gate became a symbol for reunification.
    Location wise it is near the Reichstag, the War Memorial and the Tiegarten. Today, the area around the gate called Pariser Platz has undergone redevelopment and revitalization. The area is very lively with many businesses. However, one business stirred up a lot of controversy when it first opened up. Right next to the gate is a Starbucks. In my option I would agree with other people who complain that it detracts from the history of the place and obstructs the view. When we were there, a variety of street performers where performing around the gate. It was cool to see some German break dancers dancing

    If you are planning a visit to Berlin stop by the tourist center at the Gate which opens from 10AM-6PM. The tourist bus 100 stops near the gate.

    One interesting tidbit is that opposite the gate is the hotel Hotel Adlon. It was here that Michael Jackson dangled his baby over a balcony. You should have heard the jokes everyone told when seeing that hotel. The most popular was: Why did Michael Jackson dangle his baby over a balcony? A: Because his wife asked him to drop the children off somewhere.

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    Brandenburg Tor and environs

    by trvlrtom Updated May 1, 2007

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    This monument is, of course, a must see for any Berlin visitor. My recommendation is just to take the time to walk around the gate from both sides to take in the atmosphere of this long time focal point of Berlin. On the eastern side, in Pariser Platz, be sure to peek into the bank building on the south side of the square to see the huge interior sculpture designed by the North American architect Frank O. Gehry, famous for the museum in Bilbao, Spain. The embassy on the north side is worth taking note of, as well as the new British embassy on the side street heading south - with its original and whimsical architecture.
    In case you've heard that the statue on the top had been switched around during the DDR years, as stated in at least one popular guidebook, this is just an untrue rumor - or so say my Berliner friends say.

    A view from the west
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    Berlin, after November 1989

    by Luchonda Updated Apr 30, 2007

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    Pictures taken in Mechelen, near Brussels, but reminding me at the history of Berlin and Germany in general, the actually "Dream Cars" after the cold war, the car industry had the golden years, Ford... VW...DKW... and of course the friendly people, BTW... In the USA you will find a lot of second car plates like shown in the first picture

    Just be nice..... in Berlin Berlin and the Trabant Trabant DKW-Audi VW - Travelling bus
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    Brandenberg Gate

    by stevemt Updated Apr 24, 2007

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    The Brandenburg Gate consists of twelve Roman Doric columns, six on each side. This allows for five roadways, although originally ordinary citizens were only allowed to use the outer two. Above the gate is the Quadriga, with the goddess of peace driving it (the Quadriga) in triumph. The gate stands 26 m (65 ft) high, 65.5 m (213 ft) wide and 11 m (36 ft) thick.

    Finally, when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the gate symbolized freedom and the unity of the city. It re-opened on 22 December 1989 when the West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl walked through to be greeted by the East German Prime Minister, Hans Modrow.

    I would have loved to have been there when the wall came crashing down.

    The gate now symbolises unity.

    The Gate The Gate in 1937
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    The Brandenburg Gate

    by alancollins Written Apr 22, 2007

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    The Brandenburg Gate was constructed in 1791 and stand as a focal point at the western end of Unter den Linden. It is the only remaining gate of 18 that once stood around Berlin. It was built as a triumphal arch celebrating the Prussian capital. The Brandenburg Gate has been damaged over the years with the last renovation taking place in 2000 at a cost of 3,000,000 dollars. On top of the gate stands a Quadriga with the goddess of peace driving it. Over the years it has had an eventful life from being carted off by the French after the Napoleon conquered Berlin to facing in different directions. During the life of the Berlin Wall it stood in isolation as a sad reminder of those events, but immediately became a place of celebration when the wall came down

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    Brandenburg Gate

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Apr 18, 2007

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    Probably the most photographed monument in all of Germany. In Cold War Times, the Brandenburg Gate was in the Eastern communist part of Germany (GDR). The Berlin Wall was only a few meters apart; no trespassing, so you had to use a viewing platform to get a better view. Hard to imagine nowadays.

    From the Brandenburg Gate, other monuments like the Reichstag and the Government Quarter, the "Siegessäule" and the Holocaust Memorial are in walking distance.

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