Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Sightseeing: The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany.

While the Berlin Wall seems like a distant memory, you can still find other important historical reminders throughout this fantastic city. The Brandenburg Gate is not only the symbol of Berlin (now that the wall has been taken down) but was once an actual gateway into the city (and is the only gate to remain standing).
Built as a sign of peace in 1791 by Friedrich Wilhelm II , the Brandenburg Gate has a vibrant history. After Napolean conqured Berlin, the gate became a sign of his power. Later, as the Nazis came into play, the gate was used to symbolize their power. As the Cold War started and Germany was split in two, the gate became closed off as the Berlin wall fell into place. American's placed the following sign on the gate, in numerous languages for all to read: "End of the Free World. You are leaving the American Zone."

By the time the Wall was finally torn down, the Brandenburg Gate took on a new symbol: Liberty.The gate is great attraction for Berlin. Not only does it keep history alive by reminding us of its violent, stormy and evolving paths but it is also a great introduction to the city of Berlin.

Aside from the usual lot of tourists found strolling about the area (busiest around mid-day) locals frequent it as well, which makes for great local color and people watching. So stroll around, pull up a park bench, crack open a beer (just doing as the locals do!) and observe the city of Berlin at its finest.




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Anonymous Anonymous wanderlusted...

WOW - will you come be my personal tour guide. hehe.
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Could you pls do a post on London sometime?
Cheers

10:02 PM  
Blogger Wanderlusting wanderlusted...

Hi! For sure I will let you know. You can check out my London post on my side bar, I didn't blog too much about it though cuz I was only there for a few days.

However, in the future (like in a few weeks) I will be blogging about shopping in London! Yay!

10:06 PM  
Blogger AsianCajuns wanderlusted...

I still can't believe I've never been to Germany. I'd love to see he Brandenburg Gate in person.

4:53 PM  
Blogger yiqin; wanderlusted...

Wow, it looks great!

12:06 PM  
OpenID ellio100 wanderlusted...

such a stunning place with such interesting history. Last week I listened to a paper about the park behind it, by the Reichstag. Such fascinating stories. lovely pictures btw

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7:54 AM  
Blogger Hanh, Life-in-Travel wanderlusted...

wow, it's a beautiful place!!I never been there before, maybe somday soon.

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9:08 AM  
Blogger Raez wanderlusted...

this is definitely breathtaking, the columns and statues are wonderful!

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