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“The last standing of 14 gates”
Review of Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate
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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.
Reviewed February 20, 2013

This gate in the center of Berlin close by the Reichstag and next to the Hotel Adlon (where Michael Jackson known for holding his newborn baby over the balcony, Charlie Chaplin, and Albert Einstein have stayed) symbolizes Freedom, past and present.

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Reviewed February 20, 2013

When I was last here, 30 years ago, this was the Iron Curtain made real. The wall went right along the gate, and you could not walk through. It was a thrill to return and walk right through the gate and down Unter den Linden. This is history in our lifetimes, and a reminder that change for the better really can happen.

I think it's funny that the first thing you come to after that exhilarating experience is a Starbucks, but it is handy on a cold day. There were various characters near the gate to scam tourists every time I visited--dressed in old military uniforms, bear costumes, etc, and posing for pictures then demanding cash. Watch out for the young women with the petitions about deafness, who wanted to pat my head and face (yuck), and then demanded 10 euros.

The Brandenburger Tor is the symbol of the city, and a must-see. There was an interesting exhibit of Germany's "Diversity Destroyed" set up on the sidewalk next to it, posters with photos and short biographies of those driven out or killed by the Nazis. Doesn't seem to be very proportional, though, as most of these folks died outside of Germany after the war was over, and relatively few were murdered in the camps. Observing Germany's struggle with its past is one of the most interesting things about this city, and as usual they haven't quite portrayed it as bad as it really was. But if you like political and historic complexity, this is the city for you, and the Brandenburg gate is a good place to start.

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Reviewed February 19, 2013

I highly recommend taking the time out to see this gate, not just for the gate itself but to catch a glimpse of some of the street artists that at times often have nothing to do with Germany and the whacky transportation of what I can only describe as a octopus bike(ha ha If only I had photos of it!)! Even more interesting the security operatives in there black suits in there black VW vans all over the place from the embassy's(Not sure if there's always that much security presence or if a function was under way).

Not to mention to take a stroll down the whole street to get some currywurst, drop in by to Häagen-Dazs for a delicious drink, get a picture of the giant bear wearing a "I love Berlin" jumper or even if you wanted take a trip into the wax museum! Plenty to do but only down side is the signs don't go into too much detail about the gate, that you will have to go looking for your self!

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Reviewed February 19, 2013

Nice victory gate. We have a nice one in Paris, too. Lots of street people dressed as Star Wars characters. The pestered us.

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Reviewed February 19, 2013

Symbol of the city - not to be missed. Also try to relive its significance in the Cold War and see where the Berlin Wall was.

Thank NigelHa
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