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Brandenburger Tor in Berlin – Information for Visitors

Brandenburger Tor in Berlin – Information for Visitors

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The Brandenburger Tor is the city’s only surviving historical city gate and it’s completely free to visit this iconic site. The military monument, known to symbolize peace and unity, is located in the heart of Berlin, which makes it accessible from most areas of the city. 

Here’s a complete guide with information for visitors, including opening hours, history and facts about the Brandenburger Tor, or Brandenburg Gate as it’s known as in English. 

Ticket Info & Opening Hours

Tickets aren’t required to visit the Brandenburg gate which can be accessed 24/7, seven days a week. However, if you’d like to learn more about the history of the gate with a private guide or with a group, consider joining a local history walking tour.

Alternatively, for more information, if you’re going here on a self-guided tour, visit the Berlin Tourist Information center found in the south wing of the Brandenburg Gate.

History & more information

Brandenburger Tor, known by most in English as Brandenburg Gate, one symbolized Berlin’s Cold War division into East and West and today, since the fall of the wall, is considered to display the reunification of Germany.

Brandenburg gate at night

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The gate was constructed between 1788 and 1791 and was Berlin’s very first Greek revival building. The gate, designed by architect Carl Gotthard Langhans, was inspired by the entrance to the Acropolis in Athens.

It was originally named the Peace Gate, or Friendstor in German. The gate was built on orders by Frederick William II of Prussia and has since been an iconic site that has played various roles in the political history of Germany.

Atop the gate sits the Quadriga statue, which was removed from the gate by Napolean’s army when they took Berlin and transported it to Paris. In 1814, after Napoleon’s forced abdication, the Quadriga was rightfully returned to Berlin and placed back atop the Brandenburg Gate.

Horses and symbols of Brandenburger Tor

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In 1946, Brandenburg Gate fell into the Soviet sector of the Germany and Berlin divide and when the wall was built in 1961, the gate stood in an exclusion zone that meant it was inaccessible by everyone for many years.

When the wall fell, well over 100,000 people gathered around the gate for its official opening. Since the re-opening, large crowds gather on special dates throughout the year to celebrate this 18th-century neoclassical monument and its symbolism of peace.

Points of Interest

The Room of Silence

Situated on the north wing of the gate, the Room of Silence provides a place of reflection for all those who visit.

The Platz des 18. Marz

A commemoration of the demonstrations that took place here during the 148 revolutions for democracy.

The Pariser Platz

Home to the Academy of Arts and the restored American embassy.

The Pariser Platz

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How to get to Brandenburg Gate

Getting to Brandenburger Tor is relatively easy and can be done by multiple modes of transport.

By Subway

The nearest Underground Station is Bundestag or Brandenburger Tor. Subway U2, U55, and U6 all stop here.

By S-Bahn

S-Bahn 1 and S25 stop at Brandenburger Tor.

By Bus

Bus numbers 100,200, M41, and TXL all stop at Brandenburger Tor.

How to get to Brandenburg Gate

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Nearby Attractions

There are a number of monuments, museums, and places of interest just a short walk from Brandenburger Tor including:

  • Reichstag Building
  • Memorial of the Berlin Wall
  • Museum Island
  • Pergamonmuseum
  • Topography of Terror
  • The Holocaust Memorial
  • East Side Gallery

Best time to visit

It can get very crowded in the middle of the day and in the evening so, if you want to avoid crowds, consider making it the first stop of your day. Later at night, the Brandenburg Gate becomes somewhat abandoned so if you’re out for a late dinner, consider walking past the gate on the way back to your accommodation.

Facts about Brandenburger Tor

  1. The gate was first opened on August 6th, 1971.
  2. The gate has five passages. The central and widest one was reserved for the royals; the adjacent passages were for use of the aristocracy while ordinary citizens were only allowed to use the outer two.
  3. The gate stands at 26 meters (85 feet) tall.
  4. The gate was modeled on the Propylaeum of Athens’ Acropolis.
  5. The Quadriga, a sculpture representing the Goddess of Victory, by Johann Gottfried Schadow which can be spotted from a long distance was erected on the Gate in 1793.
  6. Because of its central location in the city, Brandenburg Gate was used to mark the boundary between Communist East Berlin and the Federal Republic of West Berlin.
  7. The gate, which was walled off from both sides with concrete and barbed wire, was not accessible to the public for nearly 30 years!
  8. The entire structure was heavily damaged during World War II, and in 1957–58 it was restored, with the quadriga recast from the original molds.
  9. On 21 December 2000, the Brandenburg Gate was privately refurbished at a cost of six million euros.
  10. The Adlon Hotel and the French and US embassies are the buildings that surround the Gate on Pariser Platz.
  11. Around 1 million people flock to the gate every year for its famous New Year’s Eve party.

Napoleon in Berlin

FAQ’s (Things to know before you go)

Is Brandenburger Tor and Brandenburg Gate the same thing?

Yes. The first is the name in German, while the latter is an English translation.

Is it free to visit?

Yes. There is no entrance fee to visit Brandenburger Tor in Berlin. 

Why is Brandenburger Tor so famous?

It’s a symbol of Berlin and German division during the Cold War.

Is the Brandenburg Gate part of the Berlin Wall?

Yes, the gate stood between East and West Germany making it part of the Berlin Wall.


Do you have more questions about Brandenburger Tor before visiting? Leave a comment below!

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