The history of Brandenburg Gate – an enormous, sandstone, neoclassical arch – is inextricably linked with the history of Berlin and Germany. Built in 1791 to mark the entrance to Unter den Linden, Berlin's grandest boulevard, the arch was originally created as a symbol of peace. Standing 85-feet (30-meters) high, the Brandenburg Gate was modeled on the gateway to the Acropolis in Athens. When Napoleon defeated the Prussians in 1806, he marched triumphantly through the gate into Berlin, before taking the gate’s crowning statue, Victoria, the Goddess of Victory, back to France as a spoil of war. Victoria was later returned and once again sits atop the gate driving her chariot of horses.
The gate was used as a powerful propaganda tool by the Nazis, and after World War II was left in near ruins on the border between East and West Germany. U.S. President Ronald Reagan gave his famous speech here in 1987, where he demanded, “Gorbachev – tear down this wall!” In December 1989, the gate was reopened to traffic between the East and West and the monument was again recast as a symbol of unity.
Before walking through the gate, spend a little time in the Raum der Stille (Room of Silence), a simple room where people from all denominations and walks of life are invited to leave behind their differences and sit together. When you do pass beneath the gate’s five imposing passageways and heroic friezes representing Greek myology, you’ll be forgiven if you feel a little overwhelmed; the weight of history is almost palpable here. Look for the informative signs which document the history of the gate and all it has come to symbolize throughout the last 200 years. The gate is always a dramatic sight, but is particularly spectacular when lit up at night and for New Year celebrations.
The Brandenburg Gate sits between the Reichstag building and the Holocaust Memorial, and directly across from the Tiergarten. It’s also close to Friedrichstrasse, one of Berlin's main shopping and dining streets, and is serviced by S-Bahn and U-Bahn train stations.
In Mitte, Berlin's historic district, the hotel is located where boulevard Unter den Linden meets Friedrichstrasse and is close to Brandenburg Gate, Gendarmenmarkt, Museum Island, and Potsdamer Platz.
Located in Berlin City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Konzerthaus Berlin and Gendarmenmarkt. Checkpoint Charlie Museum and Galeries Lafayette are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, this hotel is steps from Checkpoint Charlie and Checkpoint Charlie Museum. Galeries Lafayette and Gendarmenmarkt are also within 15 minutes.
This family-friendly Berlin hotel is located in the business district, within a 5-minute walk of Potsdamer Platz and Sony Center. Berliner Philharmonie and Martin-Gropius Bau are also within 10 minutes.
In the central Mitte district, this hotel is steps from Unter den Linden and a 2-minute walk from a subway station. Brandenburg Gate, Gendarmenmarkt, and Museum Island are all within 0.8 km (0.5 mi).
Modern seven-story complex with cream facade, situated within 2.5 kilometers of the Kurfurstendamm and Berlin Zoo, and close to a metro station.
Located in Berlin City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Madame Tussauds, Brandenburg Gate, and Potsdamer Platz. Reichstag Building and Galeries Lafayette are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Berlin City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Alexanderplatz and Red Town Hall. Nikolaikirche and Museum Island are also within 1 mi (2 km).