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Brandenburger Tor Tips (11)

Brandenburger Tor

Favorite thing Yeah, I know this isn't the prettiest view of Brandenburger Tor.... I personally prefer the view shown by the postcards I purchased during my trip. I know the monuments in Europe very often undergo refurbishment and maintenance works, and this was the case of Brandenburger Tor in 2002.... they were cleaning the monument and thus it was all covered, as you may appreciate in the picture I made.

I was told by people that lived there that the cover of the monument was often changed, and since the Soccer World Cup was taking place at that very time and the Germans are crazy for soccer, they obviously "decorated" it with soccer related motives... so you can see the columns of the monument "covered" with the socks worn by the German national soccer team players... pretty original and fun, but ugly nonetheless!! I wanted to see the monument itself....!! Oh well, I'll have to wait until my next trip to Berlin!

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Jan 26, 2005

Brandenburger Tor

Favorite thing Place of historical events and open-air parties - the Pariser Platz around the Brandenburger Tor. The Tor itself, built in 1789-1791 as a kind of Akropolis copy with the Quadriga on top and the 12 columns is one of Berlins highlights. In 1806 Napoleon took the Quadriga to Paris, in 1814 famous General Bl?cher managed to bring it back to Berlin.

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Jun 14, 2004

Brandenburg Gate

Favorite thing It was built 1788-91 and the Victoria with Quadriga was added in 1794.
After two years under wraps, the restored Brandenburg Gate was unveiled Oct. 3, 2002 in celebration of German Unity Day.

Right now they have this big soccer ball in front of the gate, a project that has to do with the Soccer WC in 2006. Nearby you can also visit the circle of Buddy Bears.

Pariser Platz
10117 Berlin (Mitte)
S-Bahn: "Unter den Linden" S1, 2, 25
Bus: 100, 200, 248, 257, 348

Fondest memory photo:
I cant win :P Once again I was attacked while someone took a photo of us. Nah, just kidding. I was teasing him some minutes before that and he took revenge right away *g*

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Nov 10, 2003

Brandenburg Gate...

Favorite thing Check out the Brandenburg Gate at the end of Unter den Linden...

It is pretty busy (the busiest place we found in all of Berlin!) around there but worth having a look.

When we were there it must have been a market day...there were little stalls and was fun...

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Apr 10, 2003
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Brandenburg Gate

Favorite thing Brandenburg Gate is located at Strasse des 17June.. Street of the 17th June - it is named in honour of victims of the uprising on that day in 1953. It was organised by workers and was particularly vehement in East Berlin, but Russisn tanks put it to an end quickly.

The Brandenburg Gate was once the entrance to the city from the west.
It is 65 ft. high, 213 ft. wide and 36 ft. thick was built from 1788-1791
by architect Carl Gotthard Langhans to be a symbol of peace, using the Propylaea in Athens as his model. On top stands Quadriga (which is a 4-some horse and cart including the goddess Eirene) by Schadown. In 1806 Napoleon took the Quadriga to Paris where it was shown in the Louvre as a sign of victory.

General Marshall Blucher took the Quadriga back to Berlin after the victory over the French in 1814 and the peace goddess Eirene became the goddess of victory Victoria. She received the laurel wreath, the Prussian eagle and the iron cross designed by Friedrich Schinkel as a sign of victory. After the German Nazis took over, the gate became a symbol for fascist Germany. The Quadriga and the Brandenburg was badly damaged during WWII but emerged anew in 1958 in a West Berlin foundry.
The Brandenburg Gate was seriously damaged and was restored in the 1950's by the 2 governments of the cites. The East government rebuilt the gate itself, while the west reconstructed the Quadriga.
In 1961 when Berlin wall was built, the gate sealed off in no-man's-land and became the symbol of the divided city.

In 1989, after the dissolution of the border, the area was reopened to the public - albeit only later in the year, much later than other checkpoints.
On New Years' Eve of 1989-90 when the Germans celebrated all around the Brandenburg Gate, the Quadriga was damaged and had to be restored. During this restoration the statue of Victoria got back its Prussian sign of victory.

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Mar 02, 2003

Brandenburger Tor

Favorite thing The landmark Brandenburger Gate, Berlin's only surviving city gate, was once the boundary between East and West Berlin. Now, it is a very symbol of reunification.

Unfortunately, when I was there, the whole gate was under reconstruction with a special *dress* hid everything behind. Did not have a chance to see it seriously.

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Sep 04, 2002

go to Brandenburg Gate.


Favorite thing go to Brandenburg Gate.

It is Commissioned by Friedrich Wilhelm II to represent peace, the gate was ironically embedded in the Berlin Wall and firmly locked for the duration of Communist rule. The gate now symbolises reunification and stands majestically in the centre of Berlin physically joining the two sides of the city.

( NOTE: IT is one stop of bus 100, you can arrive this place easily by bus 100.)

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Aug 24, 2002

We stay there in January 90.At...

Favorite thing We stay there in January 90.At the Brandenburg Gate there was one Way to go inside of the Former GDR,and on the other side of the gate you can go back to former West-Berlin!It was a real nice feeling at this time to go east!When I saw these pictures again,my memories works!!

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Aug 24, 2002
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"More than the capital of Germany"
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"Berlin, Berlin - wir fahren nach Berlin!"
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Brandeburge Tor

Favorite thing One of the most famous simbols of Berlin, but for us, it was the starting point for any tour or visit to the city as we were staying next to it.

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Sep 23, 2008

Just like any other city with...

Favorite thing Just like any other city with a landmark the Brandenburg was a beautiful structure in Berline, especially at night.

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Sep 12, 2002

see Brandenberg Gate. ...

Favorite thing see Brandenberg Gate. Unfortunately, while we were there they were doing some remodeling. The good thing is they put a tarp over the scaffolding to make it look the same...

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Aug 24, 2002

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