If you’re visiting Berlin, you won’t be able to leave without visiting the Brandenburg Gate, one of the most important landmarks of the city. It is located in the Pariser Platz (which is also the place from which you’ll be able to take the best pictures), right in the location where the old gate to the city was. The Brandenburg Gate is a sort of Triumph Arch of neoclassical style built in the 18th century. It was inspired in the gate of the Acropolis of Athens, the Propylaea, and topped with a Quadriga drawn by four horses representing the goddess of Peace, Eirene. In fact, its original name was the Peace Gate.
The Brandenburg Gate is nowadays considered to be a symbol of peace and of the unit of Europe, but a particular one: it is also a symbol of the recent history of the continent, a witness of the tumultuous past of Germany and Europe.
The Brandenburg Gate is located in the neighbourhood of Mitte
, the most famous and central one in Berlin – in fact, ‘Mitte’ means ‘centre’ in German. However, there are two different Mittes to consider: the administrative district and the actual neighbourhood of Mitte, a smaller location or neighbourhood inside of it. The Brandenburg Gate is located in both! In your apartments near the Brandenburg Gate, you will be one of the almost 80.000 neighbours who live in this neighbourhood. Many of those neighbours will be Berliners of all kinds, of course, mainly couples, professionals and families, but you will also be sharing the streets around the Brandenburg Gate with other tourists like yourself. It is, after all, the city centre!
Berlin counts with an extensive transportation network – a much needed one, since the city is huge! The main means of transportation used by tourist are the metro, called U-Bahn, and the train, called S-Bahn. You can buy a ticket that you can used for both of them, and also for the tramway and the bus. There are three areas, A, B and C, with different prices, and you can choose to buy AB or ABC combined tickets depending on which parts of the city you’re planning on visiting. If you stay in the apartments near the Brandenburg Gate, you will be very close to the station of U Französische Str., where you will find the line 6 of the U-Bahn (U6). The U6 will take you near places like Checkpoint Charlie, the Jewish Museum or the neighbourhood of Kreuzberg. Besides, right next to the Brandenburg Gate you will find another metro station together with a train station, where you will be able to get U55 as well as the S-Bahn lines S1, S2 and S25. The name of the station is Brandenburger Tor.
However, the best means of transportation around the Brandenburg Gate will be your own feet. There are many monuments nearby, so you can spend a few days in the area getting to know all the points of interest around you.
The apartments near the Brandenburg Gate are located in what is considered to be the city centre. Berlin is a very interesting city that needs to be enjoyed as much as visited, but near the Brandenburg Gate you will find many other important monuments nearby. If you walk south, you will find the lively Potsdamer Platz and, before that, the breath-taking Holocaust Memorial. If you walk north instead, you will find another of the most important monuments of Berlin, the Reichstag.
Besides, you will also be at walking distance from the Museum Island, where you can visit 5 of the most important museums of Berlin: The Pergamon Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie, the Altes Museum, the Neues Museum and the Bode Museum.If you’re travelling with children, you can take them to Berlin’s Madame Tussauds, which is located right next to the Brandenburg Gate. Undoubtedly, staying near the Brandenburg Gate is perfect for those who want to get to know all the culture and history of Berlin!
The Brandenburg Gate is one of the most touristic areas of Berlin, which means that you’ll have to be careful not to end up somewhere too expensive. However, Berlin is quite cheap for being a European capital, which means that you’re going to have lots of great options. Berlin is a wonderful place to try international cuisine, which makes the Thai restaurant Samadhi a wonderful option for dinner or lunch.
And for lunch, there is also an option that will delight your children if you’re travelling with the whole family. Right after crossing the Brandenburg Gate you will find the Tiergarten, the biggest and most important park of Berlin, and a perfect place to sit down and enjoy a sandwich or a kebab!
Berlin offers one of the best nightlives of Europe, and it is a famous partying destination for the youth, especially among the fans of electronic music. Considered the mecca of techno by many, it still offers many different kinds of clubs and partying areas. That’s the case of Asphalt, a club that offers from minimal techno to disco music and that you will find in the neighbourhood of Mitte, very close to the Brandenburg Gate. Even closer, you will find another wonderful club, Picknick, one of the best-kept secrets of the nightlife of Berlin. It is a crowded, alternative and labyrinth-like place that offers an eclectic agenda. Definitely a must-visit.