Pin depicting the Brandenburg Gate

Pin depicting the Brandenburg Gate

I visited Berlin shortly after the Wall came down. Walking through the Brandenburg Gate, down Unter den Linden, past the Soviet Soldier Memorial, to the Karl

Restored Brandenburg gate in Berlin

Restored Brandenburg gate in Berlin

Marx Platz, seeing the changes happening, was an amazing experience for me. I have since been back once, about 20 years later. There is no comparison with the city I visited in the 1980s. The Brandenburg Gate (German: Brandenburger Tor) is a former city gate, rebuilt in the late 18th century as a neoclassical triumphal arch, and now one of the most well-known landmarks of Germany. It is located in the western part of the city centre of Berlin, at the junction of Unter den Linden and Ebertstraße, immediately west of the Pariser Platz. One block to the north stands the Reichstag building. The gate is the monumental entry to Unter den Linden, the renowned boulevard of linden trees, which formerly led directly to the city palace of the Prussian monarchs. During the post-war Partition of Germany, the gate was isolated and inaccessible immediately next to the Berlin Wall, and the area around the gate featured most prominently in the media coverage of the opening of the wall in 1989. Throughout its existence, the Brandenburg Gate was often a site for major historical events and is today considered a symbol of the tumultuous history of Europe and Germany, but also of European unity and peace.

Location: 4-C5

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