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Review of Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate
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Berlin Small-Group Historical Half-Day Tour of East Berlin
Ranked #3 of 798 things to do in Berlin
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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.
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013

My wife and I had short break in Berlin last december to sightsee and see the famous German xmas markets and we had the good fortune to see the Brandenburg gate, cruelly cut off when the berlin wall went up. It was emotionally good for me as i served in berlin in 74/75 when i was posted there to look after a certain Herr Hess in spandau prison over a 6 month period. So the gate was in east germany at that time, and the chances of passing thru the attraction was a bit
of a no no. But we made up for it, last december as we passed through several times during our break both during the daytime and off a evening. There are plenty of coffee shops and eateries around the B/burg tor if you are feeling peckish or thirsty and the U/Bahn stops alongside the start of the Unter den Linden that leads down to most of the mueseums.

Visited December 2012
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“Had to See This in Person”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013

Well, after all, it is the Brandenburg Gate. How could you go to Berlin and not go there? However, I must say that I didn't like the fact the Mickey Mouse was hanging out there. No kidding, someone dressed up as Mickey Mouse. Oh well.

Visited January 2013
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Herriman, Utah, United States
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“United, finally.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2013

The change to the gate was a brilliant move to show the united Germany. I am always sad to see an historic site altered by the current consciousness. The gate was thought provoking, now it is different. What we bring to it will determine what we take away.

Visited June 2012
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“Must see in Berlin”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2013

Truly impressive architecture and beauty. A memorable moment for us as we had walked around the whole of Berlin to find it. Our map skills aren't the best. Get some pictures for yourself. Just in front of the gate was darth vader, a soldier and a teddy to get your picture taken with, around 2 euros. Even teddies have to pay the bills

Visited February 2013
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“You will never forget it!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2013

This is one of those places that defines a country, a place that you have seem innumerable times in photographs and movies. Bottom line it is pretty memorable when you actually walk up to it and bask in the history.

We walked all the way up the Unter von Linden and had great anticipation as we approached the gate The square around the Gate is pretty impressive with the US Embassy (with reasonably few barricades) is right next to it. There is also a Frank Geary Building which actually is pretty subdued for him. The Aldon Hotel is also very close and is really historic, great place for a memorable cocktail.

The Reichstag is to the right and the Holocaust Museum is to the left.

I can see why some people might say "so what is the big deal" but in my mind it actually is a pretty big deal. Take in the chariots and figures on the top that Napoleon actually had turned around when he came into Berlin. It would be agood thing to reas a little about the history of the Gate before you arrive.


Visited October 2012
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