The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
The Brandenburg Gate has in recent times beena symbol of both the partition of the city of Berlin and a symbol of the reunification of the city and as such is an iconic visit for any History group study tour to Berlin.
Originally built over 200 years ago, it survived the onslaught of the final days of the Second World War damaged but still standing to find itself behind Russian lines in the partiton of the City. For nearly thirty years visitors would climb a platform in the Western sector and gaze across the Iron Curtain into the former GDR across a barren no-mans land.
The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 saw the Gate soon reinvent itself as the symbol of new German unity. It opened for traffic on 22 Dec 1989 and over 100,000 people passed through it in celebration, however it suffered damage as a result and needed to close again for emergency repairs and renovations. It opened again in 2002 and remains now one of Berlin's most important landmarks.
This can be incorporated into a walking tour or guided sightseeing tour of the city, please contact our student travel team if you are planning any History group study school trips to Berlin for your students.