Berlin's only town gate is one of the most historic and iconic monuments in the city. The gate is 26 meters high and made up of 6 columns. The Brandenburg Gate tells many stories - both good and bad.
The Brandenburg Gate was built in the 18th century for the simple reason of marking the end of the boulevard Unter den Linden (a road in the centre of Berlin). However, since, the monument itself has been used for political purposes, come under military attack, and hosted celebrations. The gate has also become a symbol of German unity post the atrocities of the second world war.
Did you know that Napoleon marched his men through this gate and stole the statue on top and took back to Paris? Don't worry, the piece is back in its rightful place.
Celebrations at the Brandenburg Gate occurred via a procession by the Nazis when Hitler seized power in 1933 but in contrast celebrations took place at the gate when the aftermath of Hitler and the USSR came to an official end when the Berlin wall came down in 1989. The gate was home to a flying Soviet flag for ten years from 1945 but also where Reagan spoke 30+ years later.
Who knew a gate could have so much juxtaposed history?
When you're visiting the Brandenburg Gate, walk underneath and think about the history. Think about what leaders have stood there and what people celebrated. From pro-Nazis to anti-Soviets - the feeling you will experience will be overwhelming.
Located right by the Brandenburg Gate is the hotel that Singer, Michael Jackson famously hung his baby out of the window (weird, I know).
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