Visit to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin: timetables, prices and tips

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Very important piece of German history, emblem of stellar ascents as well as of ruinous falls, today the Brandenburg Gate is one of the key monuments of the city of Berlin, a must see for tourists who come from all over the world to admire its magnificence. The attraction - 26 meters high by 65 wide - was built by Carl Gotthard Langhans between 1788 and 1791, following the harmony and composure of the Greek architectural canons. Twelve Doric-style columns create five passageways, giving the structure an innate beauty, worthy of being immortalized in a photograph.

On the top of the Brandenburg Gate one cannot fail to be entranced by Quadriga by Johann Gottfried Schadow which immortalizes Nike, the goddess of Victory - initially conceived as the representation of Eirene, the goddess of peace - aboard a chariot pulled by four horses. The history of this sculptural masterpiece was rather troubled: robbed by Napoleon in 1806 (and brought back to Germany eight years later), the Quadriga was damaged by the bombings that took place during the bloody Second World War but, after a painstaking restoration to say the least, it returned to rise from the top of the monument.



Index

  1. Hours and prices
  2. Online tickets and guided tours
  3. Where is it and how to get there
  4. What to see and how to visit the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
  5. Useful tips for visiting the attraction
  6. Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
  7. User questions and comments

Hours and prices

The Brandenburg Gate is accessible for free at any time of the day, all year round. The only sector to be subject to opening and closing times is the Room of Silence, a corner of peace and meditation located in the northern area of ​​the attraction.



  • Room of Silence from March to October 11: 00-18: 00; November and February 11: 00-17: 00; December and January 11: 00-16: 00
  • Best time to avoid queues: lunch time
  • free entry
  • Any other business: there is an Info Point where you can get tourist information on Berlin and its main attractions. It is open every day from 09:30 to 19:00 from April to October and from 09:30 to 18:00 the rest of the year

Online tickets and guided tours

  • Walking tour to discover Berlin: from € 15,00 - Find out more
  • City tour in classic Wolkswagen van: from € 39,00 - Find out more
  • Walking tour of the 10 main attractions: from € 25,00 - Find out more

Where is it and how to get there

From the center of Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate is about 2 km away and can be reached by public transport and by taxi (or your own car) in a fairly short time. The pedestrian path deserves a separate mention, rather long compared to the journey by metro or bus, but equally feasible and, perhaps, even pleasant.

  • On foot: particular attention must be paid to some road sections. Proceeding southwest on B2 / B5, the Porta is reached in 24 minutes - get directions
  • By bus: from Berlin Hauptbahnhof station TXL bus or number 100 just 8 minutes (last stop Brandenburger Tor). Even the 200 and the N2 bus allow you to reach the attraction in a short time
  • By metro: 3 minutes from Berlin Hauptbahnhof Station to the attraction terminus, via U55
  • By train: S1, S2 and S25 vehicles in 10 minutes
  • By car: 5 minutes traveling north from Karl-Liebknecht-Str./B2/B5 to Spandauer Str.

What to see and how to visit the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

The Brandenburg Gate, in German Brandenburger Tor, is the most famous monument of Berlin, as well as his symbol! In neoclassical style, its bas-reliefs depict scenes from Greek mythology. Built between 1788 and 1791, it was designed by Carl Gotthard at the behest of Frederick William II. On top is the winged goddess of victory, Nike.

This was the place of important historical events, such as the celebrations for the rise of Hitler in 1933 or the speech of Pope John Paul II in 1996. Furthermore, at the end of the Second World War, with the division of the city into 4 parts, the Brandenburg Gate marked the border between the the British side and the Soviet side. Today, it is a symbol of freedom and union: Here people gathered to celebrate the demolition of the famous Berlin Wall in 1989.

Reaching it is a lot simple: located at the end of Unter den Linden, one of the main streets of the capital. Nearby are the Brandenburger Tor underground station and the Reichstag / Bundestag bus stop. To admire it in all its splendor and take wonderful photos, we recommend that you go in the morning around 8:00.



Useful tips for visiting the attraction

The tips to fully enjoy the magnificence of Brandenburg Gate they may seem rather atypical compared to the "tips" provided to visit other attractions in total tranquility. Targeted by photographers and tourists eager to treat themselves to a completely "Berlin" selfie, the attraction is often the "victim" of a rampant crowd: be careful not to step on someone's feet!

  1. Go to the attraction in the evening: the Brandenburg Gate is a sort of emblem of Berlin by night. Visiting it from 22pm onwards, especially on weekdays, is ideal for admiring it from a new and more fascinating perspective;
  2. Watch out for the crowd: during the day, the attraction may not be easy to visit;
  3. Minimum time: it takes at least an hour and a half to better explore the gate (which can become two, if the attraction is overcrowded);
  4. Access for the disabled It's guaranteed. It should also be remembered that police officers are present around the attraction, to ensure the safety of visitors or passers-by.

Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief

The history of the neoclassical Brandenburg Gate is inextricably linked to facts and key figures in German history and beyond. It was Frederick William II of Prussia who wanted it to be built as a sign of peace. Soon, however, the attraction became the emblem of division between the two areas of Berlin and tension, accentuated by the very famous proclamation of the Cold War. Flanked by the Berlin Wall, the Gate was unwittingly the undisputed protagonist of a crucial historical moment for the fate of the world.

Legendary became the exclamation of US President Ronald Reagan who, on June 12, 1987, clamored for the destruction of the hateful wall. "Secretary General Gorbachev, if you are looking for peace, if you are looking for prosperity for the Soviet Union and for Eastern Europe, if you are looking for liberalization, come here and open this door! Mr. Gorbachev, open this door! Mr. Gorbačëv, tear down this wall! ".
Reagan's vehement tirade contributed to the reunification of the two Germanys. Today, the Brandenburg Gate is location of suggestive events and festivals, as well as a must for the Berlin New Year. On New Year's Eve, citizens come together to greet the old year and welcome the new one with a positive spirit and a heartfelt sense of community.




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