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“Not as impressive as I had imagined” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)

Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)
Pariser Platz, 10117 Berlin, Germany (Mitte)
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Private Tour: Berlin City Highlights
Ranked #20 of 404 Attractions in Berlin
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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“Not as impressive as I had imagined”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Surrounded by gates and security people to control the public expected to swarm into the square to view the World Soccer game on giant TV screens, this gate became just a quick photostop for our SPB Tour group. The gate is more impressive in pictures, I think. For one thing, the openings between the cream colored columns were not as wide as I had expected. Also, it wasn't as tall and majestical as I had expected. Perhaps even the ornate gilt sculpture of a classical figure in a chariot whipping horses has lost its importance over time. I looked at it and thought I had seen a similar sculpture of victory on another entrance tower in another city. The Gate is in a square where the US embassy is located. It is the only US embassy without a protective compound and visitors can walk right up the to the door as one would to a hotel or business office. A hotel, made famous by Michael Jackson dangling his baby outside one of their hotel windows to show him off to his fans, is also located on this square. Directly opposite the Brandenburg Gate is the famous Unter den Linden street. It, too, was a disappointment as I had imagined very tall trees providing shade over a wide boulevard. The trees, planted perhaps 5 years ago, looked puny to my imaginative ones. This road was also blocked off so our tour bus couldn't drive along it which I had wanted to do, but I guess doing so would have turned out not to be such a big deal after all. The guide did point out that Hitler's army marched through the Brandenburg Gate en masse one day and I tried to imagine that sight and the time it would have taken for that display of might.

Visited June 2014
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“Great to see”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

If in Berlin this is one of the must see. We visited when doing the Hop on Hop off Bus as it is on one of its stops. We found it interesting but very busy. We did not spend a lot of time there but can now tick it off our list of things to see.

Visited June 2014
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“Another Must See”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We were here with a tour group and it was during the World Cup so as in another review it was difficult to get around the gate. You could get good pictures from afar but there was a huge screen covering one side so you really couldn't get over there. Even with all that it is pretty impressive when you picture in your mind all the things that have happened in the shadow of this structure. Don't pass it up if you are in Berlin.

Visited July 2014
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“It's a gate. A very nice one but still a gate.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

It has an Historic value of course. And if you're in Berlin you should see it... But lets keep things in proportion here as said in the head line :)

Visited July 2014
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“Worth visiting on the right time!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Was it a bad time or were we just unlucky!... During the world cup 2014, this place turns to a huge TV screen!.. It does too when there is a national or international occasion like Eurovision for example.

During our visit, there were many blocks and transitions, this limited our visit and made it shorter since we couldn't move around to see more of the Gate. We should see this Gate if we come again to Berlin, probably on a better season!

Visited July 2014
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