Brandenburg Gate
Brandenburg Gate
4.5
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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About
Located in no-man's land between East and West Germany during the Cold War, this famous monument, built during the 18th-century reign of Friedrich Wilhelm II, has long been a defining symbol of Berlin and both the city's division and unification.
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Neighbourhood: Mitte (Borough)
How to get there
  • Brandenburger Tor • 3 min walk
  • Brandenburger Tor • 4 min walk
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  • BeLu London
    London, United Kingdom209 contributions
    Iconic area of history
    A regular meeting spot for tours, this Tor (or gate) in Berlin is the most famous. The chariot on the top of the gate was returned by the Prussian Army boss as a symbol of victory. The French embassy faces the American embassy whilst the most luxurious hotel in Berlin stands proud on the east side after the historic Michael Jackson baby dangling many years ago. An uneventful Starbucks located in the corner of the square provides some comfort and warmth to savour the buildings and people traffic. The fall of the wall and Pink Floyd concert must have been a perfect time to be here in history.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 8 December 2022
  • Alan D
    Oxfordshire, United Kingdom56 contributions
    A must see
    An iconic Berlin landmark which has to be viewed. We were fortunate to visit during the annual Festival Of Lights, which made it even more special. Despite large crowds we were able to spend approx 30 minutes watching the changing display.
    Visited October 2022
    Written 15 December 2022
  • Jay B
    Fairhope, Alabama1,023 contributions
    You Gotta See This!
    Simply put, a trip to Berlin would be incomplete without a stop here at Brandenburg. This gate is so rich in history and one of the most iconic structures in all of Europe. Take the time to stop and take a few photos and maybe even some "selfies". You will be glad you did.
    Visited September 2022
    Written 16 December 2022
  • MaryannF650
    Clarksville, Tennessee1,491 contributions
    National symbol of peace and unity
    According to current research, the Brandenburg Gate was built between 1788 and 1791 and was originally part of a group of gates that formed the entrance to Berlin. Until 1918 access was restricted to members of the German Royal Family and members of the Bourgeoisis. When the Berlin Wall was erected in 1961, people were no longer allowed to travel through the gate. On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan addressed the crowd of more than 20,000 gathered at the Brandenburg Gate, calling for Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall “ and unify Germany. The Brandenburg Gate is a magnificent structure located in the city center. It offers an amazing view of the city, truly an excellent photo opportunity. Today, the Brandenburg Gate stands as a symbol of German peace, unity and freedom. Don’t miss visiting this historical site.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 December 2022
  • Arthur M
    Hamilton, Canada1,038 contributions
    The first thing that comes to mind when Berlin is mentioned
    The gate itself is impressive as one walks towards it. The surroundings are pretty impressive as well. The embassies of the four powers that controlled Berlin back then are all located within the vicinity of the gate: American, French, British and Russian. Well obviously with the current geopolitics, the Russian embassy has a Ukrainian monument in front of it. That is also worth visiting and reflecting. During my visit, there was a Christmas tree in the middle of the square and there are plenty of people passing by. Great at any time of day for sure.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 2 January 2023
  • Nancy Stafford
    Newport, Rhode Island183 contributions
    Spectacular
    I don’t know how anyone rates it less than 5. Especially the 3 star that said they visited twice. Why would you go back if it wasn’t spectacular? Which it is. Take the time to read the history available on signs outside or take a tour. It is an amazing piece of history. Yes, you can see pictures on line but you can say the same for any iconic structure these days. Nothing compares to seeing this marvel in person.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 12 January 2023
  • Livia Chauar
    Milan, Italy154 contributions
    Grandiose
    I like gates, so I like the Brandenburg gate. It is very imposing, looks beautiful from all sides, and is a nice picture spot. It is close from several other attractions, so It also serves as a good starting point for your tourism around town.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 22 February 2023
  • RoadTripper5
    190 contributions
    A Symbol of Belin
    This is hard to miss if you're in Berlin. Our walking tour ended here, but we went back on another day since it's a lively spot. When we were here, the city was setting up for a New Year's Eve celebration, so there were fences surrounding the Gate and plaza, which made getting close to it impossible. I bet celebrating there was pretty cool.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 24 February 2023
  • Elvis A
    Leicester, United Kingdom44 contributions
    Iconic gateway from both sides
    Iconic structure from both sides. Usually very busy all day every day well worth visiting for sunrise or sunset to get a stunning backdrop. Close to the park and other iconic places such as the Riechstag and Alexander platz and the holocaust memorial and museum.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 March 2023
  • Tom G (travel man)
    31 contributions
    The Brandenburg gate the gate to east Berlin.
    I when i went to Berlin for a long weekend with my brothers. Took a trip to see the Brandenburg gate one of Berlins most historic buildings see in Berlin. This buildings as played a big part in the history of Berlin. From Hitlers Germany to the Starlin and easy and west Berlin. It was the gate way to Starlin east Berlin. I would highly recommend a visit to Berlins Brandenburg gate.It is a great places to visit foe all the family. (5 star visit).
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 March 2023
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William98
Newport News, VA36 contributions
Dec 2022
Must see when you go to Berlin. One thing to keep in mind is that a stage blocks the view somewhat around New Years.
Written 29 November 2023
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DMR501
Barnsley, UK41 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
This is an iconic and imposing landmark in the city of Berlin.

Certainly worth a visit to have that tourist photo.

However I was a little underwhelmed overall. It’s rather dirty, graffitied and had horrible scaffolding up which spoilt its view. I’m surprised the local authority allows people to cause damage to such a building.
Written 28 November 2023
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eardley_towers
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom41 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
I went to visit the gate in November, but found the front of it covered as the were working on it so was unable to take any photos from the front, the back was ok.
Written 21 November 2023
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dudoldve
Bokeelia, FL389 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
A must see in a wonderful walkable city. Take some time to take it all in and walk through the gates. Many other things to see in the immediate area all within walkable distance. Was saddened to hear it was defaced recently
Written 19 November 2023
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Fairyinboots
London, UK69 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
What can you say? A most hisorical momument, that is free to see. Go have a look, enjoy and take in the history. Do not forget to walk through the park opposite as well, its beautiful.
Written 14 November 2023
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Gustavo
Peru25 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
The Heart of an old Empire, the Pride of a modern Capital. An ideal of arquitectural greatness, one is impressed standing n front of it.
Written 14 November 2023
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A G
Muscat Governorate, Oman59 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
It’s free, of course, and is a tourist mass gathering site for photos. Great to see it in person. Just over the road is the Reichstag building and the memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe, plus the long road it sets on is impressive - a lovely area to walk around.
Some enviro-vandals had unfortunately attacked the columns the previous week so it was stained but I think most visitors didn’t even notice which was good.
Written 30 October 2023
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Julia
Trencin, Slovakia82 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Brandenburg Gate is an iconic symbol of Berlin, but we were disappointed. The gate was painted with red colour because of activists, there are many people all around, even the gate is smaller than we expected. BUT the worst experience was in front of the gate from road side. We were heading to the park, when suddenly some man in car hit into the crowd on pedestrian zone in high speed. Fortunately, he did not hurt anyone and the police arrested him immediately. But it was horrible experience to see a car heading straight to us. There are several policemen around but there is not any barrier from the long road in front of the gate.
Written 18 October 2023
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14erBaggers
Westminster, CO16 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We took photos of the Gate at 3 different times. We had a daytime photo, which helped to see the details of the statue. That was tough since there were so many people. We took one at night for the Festival of Lights. It was tough to see the details in the amazing statue on top though. The best one by far was one at dusk. The sky was a deep blue, and the statue popped out with the blue background, so that was our favorite time of the day. This was less crowded at this time. This iconic symbol of Germany was made even more amazing at the Festival of Lights. The show had a light show / video projecting on the gate and set to music. The show at this stop was the best of all the Lights. If you have a chance to be in Berlin during this festival in Oct, make sure this is on the top of your list. If it’s not during the festival, then coming here at dusk will not disappoint.
Written 17 October 2023
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Janka K
Brno, Czech Republic6,264 contributions
Jul 2023 • Friends
My favorite spot in Berlin. Be prepared for loads of tourists, though. Because of that, it's a bit tricky to make a nice photo without people passing in front of you.
Written 13 October 2023
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