Bike Touring Highlight
The Brandenburg Gate can look back on a 200-year history. Until 1989 it was a symbol of the division of Berlin and Germany, today it is a national symbol of unity and thus one of the city's most famous landmarks. Wall, barbed wire, watchtowers: no other place clarified so much the division of Germany as the Brandenburg Gate. Right on the bike path. Sightseeing possible at any time.
Actually, all of Berlin is a highlight.
The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin is located on the Pariser Platz in the Dorotheenstadt in the district Mitte. It was built by Carl Gotthard Langhans in the years 1788-1791 at the direction of the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm II and is a well-known landmark and national symbol, with which many important events in the history of Berlin, Germany, Europe and the world of the 20. Century are connected. The building is assigned to the early Classicist style.
The Brandenburg Gate forms the conclusion of the boulevard Unter den Linden with the Pariser Platz. On the west side of the gate is the square of the 18th of March, on which begins the road of June 17, which crosses the Tiergarten.
The Brandenburg Gate marked the border between East and West Berlin and thus the border between the states of the Warsaw Pact and NATO. It was a symbol of the Cold War until German reunification and became the symbol of the reunification of Germany and Europe after 1990.
The sandstone Brandenburg Gate is one of the largest and most beautiful creations of German classicism. It was built in the years 1788 to 1791 to designs by Carl Gotthard Langhans the Elder, which was strongly based on the Propylaea of the Athenian Acropolis. King Friedrich Wilhelm II had previously ordered the construction of the Brandenburg Gate, as he sought a worthy architectural completion of the boulevard Unter den Linden.
In 1793 the designed by Johann Gottfried Schadow Quadriga was placed on the gate. The plastic was taken down three times over time. After the defeat of Prussia in 1806, Napoleon abducted the Quadriga to Paris. But with the victory of the alliance she could be brought back eight years later and placed at her old destination.