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Last updated: 16 December, 2022

This former city gate was rebuilt in the late 18th century as a triumphal arch for a rising Prussia.

The arch was commissioned by King Frederick William II of Prussia to symbolise a period of peace and prosperity in Berlin. The neoclassical design by Carl Gotthard Langhans was inspired by the Propylaea, the gateway to the Acropolis in Athens, and it built from 1788 to 1791. It stands as the entry to Unter den Linden, the boulevard of linden trees that formerly led directly to the city palace of the Prussian monarchs.

Now one of Germany’s best-known landmarks, the Brandenburger Tor is laden with historical significance. Napoleon briefly stole the Quadriga, the horse-drawn chariot atop the gate, and it was here Reagan urged Gorbachev to tear down the Wall. Nowadays, the gate stands as the symbol of national unity after reunification.

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Take the U-Bahn to Brandenburger Tor. You can’t miss it from there.

Our writer’s picks of the best places to stay near this experience, closest first

Hotel Adlon Kempinski

Berlin, Germany[0.1 miles]

Old-style luxury at Berlin’s grandest hotel, famous for its princely pampering and regal guest list.

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Rocco Forte Hotel de Rome

Berlin, Germany[1.1 miles]

Romantic, luxury hotel set within a grand 19th-century bank building, with a contemporary twist and terrific spa. In the heart of Mitte, and close to the city’s main attractions.

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Honigmond Garden Hotel

Berlin, Germany[1.7 miles]

Lovely small hotel exuding 19th-century charm, with a great location near Berlin’s top attractions and trendy Mitte, with an Eden-like garden.

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Casa Camper

Berlin, Germany[2.1 miles]

A quirky chic boutique hotel that blends simple luxury and hip Spanish design in a killer Mitte location. In the heart of the city’s buzz.

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