The Brandenburg Gate lit up at night, with the Tiergarten behind it. (© visitBerlin, Photo by Wolfgang Scholvien)
The definitive Berlin icon, Carl Gotthard Langhans’ Neoclassical triumphal arch has witnessed the city’s best and worst moments, from the military parades of the Third Reich to the Wall being raised and torn down. Formerly behind East Berlin borders, today the gate acts mainly as the backdrop for festivals, New Year’s Eve parties, and tourist snapshots. The nearby Tiergarten, Reichstag, and Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe can all be visited within a few hours.