Brandenburg Gate History: What happened at Brandenburg Gate?
When I visited Germany for ITB Berlin, I stayed at The Circus Hostel which was a walking distance from the Brandenburg Gate. So I took the opportunity to visit the historical site, a beautiful Instagrammable location.
The Brandenburg Gate is a famous historical monument located in Berlin, Germany. Throughout history, the Brandenburg Gate has been the site of many significant events, both joyful and tragic.
Let us take a look at some of the few notable events that have taken place at the Brandenburg Gate.
- In 1987, U.S. President Ronald Reagan gave his famous “Tear down this wall!” speech at the Brandenburg Gate, calling for the dismantling of the Berlin Wall that divided East and West Berlin at the time.
- In 1989, the fall of the Berlin Wall began at the Brandenburg Gate, as thousands of East Germans gathered there to celebrate the opening of the border and the reunification of Germany.
- In 2002, the Brandenburg Gate was the site of the largest-ever public New Year’s Eve party in Berlin, with over a million people in attendance.
- In 2015, the Brandenburg Gate was illuminated with the colors of the French flag in solidarity with the people of France following the terrorist attacks in Paris.
The Brandenburg Gate is a symbol of German history and unity and continues to be a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.
Charlie Checkpoint and the Berlin Wall are all a few meters away from the Brandenburg Gate. So visit those attractions as well whenever you find yourself at the Brandenburg Gate.