Constructed between 1788 and 1791, the Brandenburg Gate was Berlin's first Greek inspired building. Designed by Carl Gotthard Langhans, it was inspired by the striking entrance to the Acropolis in Athens. The gate is 26 meters high and 65.5 meters long and supported by two rows of six Doric columns.
Brandenburg Gate is most likely the most recognizable feature of Berlin today. This statue on the top has its own story to tell. In 1806, when Napoleon's army took Berlin, the French Emperor had the Quadriga (the statue of a chariot drawn by four horses on top of the gate) transported to Paris as a sign of his victory during the war. In 1814, after Napoleon's forced abdication, the Quadriga was returned to Berlin where it once again adorned the Brandenburg Gate, facing towards the east and the city center. In 1946, with the post-war division of Germany and Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate was in the Soviet sector. During the time of the Berlin Wall, the gate was not accessible to the public and was considered to be the physical divide between East and West. When the Wall fell, 100,000 people came here for the Brandenburg Gate's official opening on 22 December 1989 – and soon afterwards, crowds gathered in the area to celebrate their first New Year's Eve as a single city and country. Today, more than almost any other of the city's landmark sights, the Brandenburg Gate symbolizes a reunited Berlin and the breaking down of barriers.
Of course the Brandenburg Gate is open year round – so you can visit it any stage and marvel in its steeped history. However, your visit here can also be part of some amazingly memorable events if you seek them out. Here, you can take part in the annual New Year's Eve party which is a spectacle to remember, reel in the New Year the Berlin way and have your countdown under the Brandenburg Gate. There is live music down on the party mile to dance the night away and a stunning fireworks display. But on any given day of the year, the Brandenburg Gate is a magnet to all locals and visitors – not only as a representation of German togetherness, but also the Berlin lifestyle. This attraction is the heart of the city and can tell you stories that will run you through the key parts of the city's history, as this monument was forever at the center of it. With such a rich story to tell it is a must see for anyone visiting.