One of Berlin’s most recognisable landmarks, the Brandenburg Gate has been the focal point for many historically significant events in the past 100 years including the symbol of Nazi Germany, the erection of the Berlin Wall directly in front of it and the site of the famous speech by Ronald Reagan (“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”) urging the USSR to remove the Iron Curtain that divided the city for decades.
It marks the beginning of the Unter den Linden boulevard, the main drag of Berlin that stretches all the way from Pariser Platz to Alexanderplatz (where the iconic TV Tower is located) and still displays visible scars of World War Two.
As you exit the S-Bahn station on Pariser Platz, you turn around and see the Gate for the first time and it knocks you off your feet. It imposes over the entire Pariser Platz square and is without a doubt one of the most iconic symbols of Europe.