Brandenburger Tor Potsdam, Potsdam

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The Brandenburg Gate (German: Brandenburger Tor) on the Luisenplatz in Potsdam, not to be confused with the gate of the same name on Berlin's Pariser Platz, was built in 1770–71 by Carl von Gontard and Georg Christian Unger by order of Frederick II of Prussia. It stands at the western end of Brandenburger Straße, which runs in a straight line up to the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul.

Previously, from 1733, there was another, simpler gate on the same spot, which resembled a castle gateway. Together with the city wall, a form of toll or excise barrier, and the other gates it was intended to prevent desertion and smuggling.

Towards the end of the Seven Years' War, Frederick the Great had the old gate demolished and built, in its stead, this new Brandenburg Gate, as a symbol of his victory. For that reason the Brandenburg Gate resembles a Roman triumphal arch. Its prototype was the Arch of Constantine in Rome. The Roman influence of its architectural style can be seen, for example, in the double columns of Corinthian order as well as the design of the attic.

A feature of the Brandenburg Gate is that it has two completely different sides, designed by two architects. Carl von Gontard designed the city side, his pupil, Georg Christian Unger, the field or countryside-facing side. Gontard made the city side as a rendered facade with Corinthian-style lesenes and trophies, Unger designed the field site in the style of the Arch of Constantine with Corinthian double-columns and ornamentation like the golden trumpets. The two side entrances for pedestrians were not added until 1843, under Frederick William IV, in order to cope with the increase in pedestrian traffic.

At that time people had to pass the Brandenburg Gate if they wanted to make their way to the town of Brandenburg, hence the name. The gate leads walkers into the city centre pedestrian zone of Brandenburger Straße in an easterly direction up to priory church of St. Peter and St. Paul.

Since the city wall was demolished around 1900 the Brandenburg Gate has been a free-standing structure.
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  • This is much smaller version of the famous one in Berlin. It was built in 1770-1771 by order of Frederick II of Prussia as a sign of his victory in the Seven Year War. Each side looks a bit different....  more
    This is much smaller version of the famous one in Berlin. It was built in 1770-1771 by order of Frederick II of Prussia as a sign of his victory in the Seven Year War. Each side looks a bit different....  more »
  • What can you say….probably one of the most photographed monuments in Berlin. It’s always busy there so try to go early morning or late afternoon. There’s a Tourist Information point there which is.....  more
    What can you say….probably one of the most photographed monuments in Berlin. It’s always busy there so try to go early morning or late afternoon. There’s a Tourist Information point there which is.....  more »
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  • This hotel was my worst experience in Potsdam! We reserved a room from the hotel's website for one night. We asked for a non-carpet room and anti-mite bedding (due to allergies). One of the staff called us back within couple of minutes, and told us that if we want a room with no carpets we can "upgrade" to a studio which has no carpets (as can be seen in the hotels photos). Stating that the room is bigger, quieter and courtyard facing. On arrival, we were 'greeted' by receptionist very eager to just go home. On our way to the room the courtyard view turned out to be a parking space. Inside the room, there were TWO large, dusty unclean carpets, no bathrobes and an old bottle of water. The bedding was not anti-mite, nor fresh. Above all, the toilets were not cleaned - with brown feces marks on them. Going back to the receptionist - it seemed that she cared more to go out before traffic than our situation. She said, that this is the only room "without carpets" and that "these are only small carpets and you could deal with those" - nothing to say about the toilets, and that we won't be able to find another available room in all of Potsdam in such a short notice. Needless to say that we left. So, go and see beautiful Potsdam, but stay away from this place.
  • Massive bathtub and spacious bathroom in general. Great location and lovely view to the Gate from the suite. The only downside - the bed was divided in two - not comfortable for a couple.

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