The Brandenburg Gate
The Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) is Berlin’s most famous historic landmark, formerly a symbol of a divided nation and now a symbol of peace and harmony. In 1788, King Frederick Wilhelm II commissioned this Neoclassical gate, which was inspired by the Propylaea on the Acropolis of Athens. The 26-meter-tall sandstone monument is on Pariser Platz in Berlin’s Mitte neighbourhood, just a block from the Reichstag building.
Its physical and symbolic position as a blocked gate along the Berlin Wall made it a frequent site for West Berliner demonstrations during the Cold War, and it is best known for serving as the backdrop to US President Ronald Reagan’s 1987 entreaty to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the wall.
In 1999, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev, and Polish President Lech Walesa walked through the gate to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Seeing the Brandenburg Gate at night is a unique experience and probably one of Berlin’s best free activities.