Brandenburg Gate | Attraction Guides | History Hit

Brandenburg Gate

Berlin, Berlin, Germany

History Hit

24 Nov 2020

About Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate is a famous landmark in Berlin built between 1788 and 1791 which once served as a city gateway. Commissioned by King Frederick William II of Prussia it stood in the entrance to boulevard Unter den Linden, which led to the city palace.

The Brandenburg Gate was designed by Karl Gotthard Langhans and built in a Romanesque style similar to the Propylaea, the gateway to the Acropolis in Athens, with six Doric columns on each side.

Whilst King Frederick William II intended the Brandenburg Gate to be a symbol of peace, different peoples have attached numerous meanings to it throughout its history. The Nazis adopted the Brandenburg Gate as a symbol of their party during their reign in the 1930’s and 1940’s and it was also a potent reminder of the Cold War when it fell into the no-man’s land within the Berlin Wall. During this time, the Brandenburg Gate formed a focal point of many politically charged rallies and speeches, including visits by American Presidents John F Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.

A more positive symbolic attachment was formed in 1990, when, following the fall of the Berlin Wall, many viewed the Brandenburg Gate as emblematic of German reunification. Today, visitors from around the world come to see the Brandenburg Gate and its ornate carvings, including its dramatic depiction of Victoria, the Roman goddess of victory, driving a horse drawn chariot. The Brandenburg Gate features as one of our Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Germany.

Featured In

Germany Historic Sites

Discover the best Historic Sites in Germany, from the Brandenburg Gate to the Berlin Wall and more, includes an interactive map of German cultural places, landmarks and monuments.

WW2 Sites

Discover an expert-curated list of World War Two Sites, from Bletchley Park to the Juno Beach Centre and more, includes an interactive map of WW2 historical places around the world.

Cold War Sites

Discover the best Cold War Sites and Monuments, from Berlin Wall to Brandenburg Gate and more, includes interactive Cold War places to visit map.

Berlin Top 10

An expert guide to the top tourist attractions in Berlin, from world famous sites to forgotten hidden gems. Includes top ten places to visit, interactive map, site guide and entry info.

Berlin Historic Sites

Discover the best historical locations in Berlin, from the Brandenburg Gate to the DDR Museum and more, includes an interactive map of Berlin's cultural landmarks, monuments and museums.