The Brandenburg Gate

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Address: Pariser Platz, 10117 Berlin, Germany

The Brandenburg Gate is the most well-known landmark of Berlin and Germany in general. The Gate is closely linked to the history of the country: it was a symbol of the Germany division for many years.

History of the Brandenburg Gate

This architectural monument was established at the order of Friedrich Wilhelm II in the 1788-1791 period. Carl Langhans, the representative of the neoclassical style of German architecture, was the designer of the landmark. The height of the Gate reaches 26 meters and the width of it is 11 meters. The Brandenburg Gate is made in the Greek style, representing a classical portico with Doric columns. A sculpture of chariot with four horses run by the goddess Victoria is set above the Gate. The Quadriga was designed and developed by a German sculptor Johann Gottfried Schadow.

The 19th Century

In 1806, after Napoléon Bonaparte captured Berlin, the chariot was dismantled and taken to Paris as a war booty. But in the 1814 year, the Quadriga was returned to its native land. And then the architect Karl Schinkel made a contribution to the sculpture embellishing the goddess Victoria with an iron cross crowned with an eagle.

The Brandenburg Gate

The 20th Century

In the 1930s, the Brandenburg Gate becomes a permanent venue of the Nazi parades and marches with torches. In such a way, the Nazi had an intention to make the historical monument as their symbol.

The city was destroyed greatly after the Soviet Army broke the Berlin line during the Second World War. The Brandenburg Gate was affected as well: the chariot and the goddess were seriously damaged. The Gate was reconstructed only after 11 years in 1956, and the Quadriga was restored after 13 years of the end of the war.

In 1961, the political situation in the world turned tense what resulted in the Berlin crises when Germany divided into two parts: the FRG and the GDR. It was in Berlin on the site where the Brandenburg Gate is located that the Berlin Wall was built, dividing the city into a socialist and capitalist camp. At that time, a passage through the Gate was blocked that is why neither people of West Berlin, nor people of East Berlin had a possibility to get to the Brandenburg Gate. Consequently, the monument was isolated from people and the rest buildings until 1989.

December of the 1989 year had been marked by the reunification of Germany, resulting in the coming down of the Berlin Wall and the opening of the Brandenburg Gate. Thus, the famous monument of Berlin turned into the symbol of the German unity.

The Brandenburg Gate

To go deeper into the history of the city, it is worth to visit the German Historical Museum that houses about 800 thousand various exhibits.

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Entrance tickets & Tours

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6 hours
East, West Berlin Private Custom Walking Tour With Bus Ride
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Enjoy an unforgettable day in Berlin. Come close to all the main attractions on this 6-hours private tour. We are mainly walking but also use public transportation to get from one area of interest to the other. The tour can be customized to your interests. Your guide will take you to the Western city center with its shopping boulevard Kurfürstendamm and the ruin of the Memorial Church. You will visit the Government district with the famous Reichstag Building. You will walk through the Brandenburg Gate, symbol for the German division and reunification. And not far away you will find traces of the Third Reich and the Cold War. We will also visit the old historical Berlin with the Museum Island. And you will take a ride one of the popular double-decker buses through the large Tiergarten park area-
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Private Tour: Potsdam Day Trip from Berlin
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Discover the former royal residence of Potsdam on this comprehensive private tour from Berlin. As you explore this city that has UNESCO World Heritage status, learn about its colorful history from your knowledgeable guide. Capture photos of the lovely castle of Babelsberg, the lakeside Marble Palace and the breathtaking Sanssouci Palace. You'll also see the Cecilienhof Palace -- site of the Potsdam Conference where the stage was set for the Cold War. Since this is a private tour, you can tailor the itinerary to suit your particular interests.
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12 hours
Warnemunde Port to Berlin and Sachsenhausen Shore Excursion
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This shore excursion combines our classic All-in-One Best of Berlin trip with a brief visit to the largest concentration camp near Berlin: Sachsenhausen. We will pick you up directly at your cruise ship docking in Warnemünde or Rostock, and bring you to Berlin to see the city's essential sites. You will then be driven to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp for an overview of the memorial site.Please be aware, Sachsenhausen is roughly a one hour drive from Berlin. The tour is organized to minimize time spent on the bus. This is why we visit Sachsenhausen in the afternoon, as it lies on the way back to port. More time, however, is spent on the bus than on our regular Berlin shore excursion.All of our shore excursions are adjusted to each ship’s docking times and each starts promptly after your vessel’s arrival, returning with plenty of time to spare before its departure. We have been organizing shore excursions for nearly a decade and have never missed a cruise ship’s departure.
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Berlin Historic Center, Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie Tour
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Discover Berlin’s history on this 4-hour tour with your own private driver and guide. See Berlin’s historic center, walk through the Brandenburg Gate, see the Reichstag, drive through the old border at Checkpoint Charlie, and come to terms with Berlin’s dark Nazi past at the book-burning memorial. Your guide will show you all this and more as you uncover the tortured past and fantastic present of Germany’s capital city, all from the comfort of your private air-conditioned vehicle.
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