Brandenburger Tor is one of the old city gates to Berlin. The current version of the gate was built to impress the people coming to the city. Brandenburger Tor is probably the best known structure in Berlin – with the possible exception of the remains of the Berlin Wall.
The gate is located in the center of Berlin and during World War II there were heavy fighting’s around the gate which were damaged during these fights. After the war Brandenburger Tor were located just at the border between the eastern and western part of the city. Because of the location just behind the wall in the eastern sector only soldiers in the East German and Soviet armies were able to come close to the gate for almost thirty years.
But the gate was often in the background when historic events took place in Berlin during the cold war. Back in 1963 Kennedy visited the Gate. Later in 1987 Ronald Reagan gave his famous speech in front of the Brandenburger Tor – it was in this speech he said: “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
Just over two years later the wall came down and once more pictures of people at the wall with the Brandenburger Tor in the background when all over the world.
Today the gate is once again at the center of a united Berlin. It is the natural place to start to explore the central part of Berlin. From the gate you can either start walking down Unter den Linden or head over to the parliament or into the big park Tiergarten.