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Pariser Platz
Pariser Platz

Pariser Platz

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Sights and Museums, Outdoors, Historic Site, Plaza
Ranked #15 in Berlin things to do
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Pariser Platz, Berlin, BE 10117 Germany
+49 30 25430688
https://www.berlin.de/sehenswuerdigkeiten/3561743-3558930-pariser-platz.html
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The city square, named in honor of the Allied occupation of Paris in 1814, sits just off the Brandenburg Gate. The city focal point, once known as "the Emperor's reception room", was nearly destroyed ... Read more
in WWII but has bounced back and is now the location of the US and French embassies, the famous Hotel Adlon, and the DG Bank building by Frank Gehry.

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Foster City, California, USA

Pariser Platz is the square in the center of Berlin, next to Brandenburg Gate.

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Adelaide

A nice square, however it always seems packed with tourists. Home to the Brandenburg gate; makes it a must see in Berlin.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Home to the impressive Branderburg Gate, it is now the square where many embassies can be found.
During the Cold War, the place was abandoned (the Wall run through it) and turned into no-men's land. Nowadays, it got its charm back.

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Pittsford (town), New York

With the Brandenburg gate here and the hotel where Micheal Jackson dangled his kid out the window what more could you want. This is a great place to watch all of the people - tourists and Berliners.

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London, UK

The most famous square in Berlin, because this is where the Brandenburg Gate has been since the late 1700s. All buildings surrounding the Gate were destroyed during World War II; the Brandenburg Gate itself was damaged but restored. During the Cold War the Gate sat in no-man's land on the eastern side of the Wall; Pariser Platz was a scene of much celebration in 1989 when the Wall came down. While the city was stitched back together, the reunited government of Berlin decided to restore Pariser Platz to its original glory - the French and American embassies were rebuilt, as was the famous Hotel Adlon; all were built under strict specifications required by the government. Traffic was eventually banned, as well; it's hard to imagine cars and busses speeding between the arches of the Brandenburg Gate as they were not so long ago.

The Platz can be very touristy at times, and getting a 'clean' picture is nearly impossible, but that's part of the charm of the Platz. Sadly a Starbucks sits in the north east corner, but you can ignore that.

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London, UK

Not sure this deserves a separate entry but this is the square where you'll find the Brandenburg Gate, the Hotel Adlon, the Academy of Arts, a Starbucks, and some good sausage vendors.

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Local from Wedding, Berlin

Berlin’s Academy of Arts, founded in 1696 is its oldest and most prestigious cultural institution. Since 1995 it was relocated in the historic Pariser Platz in the impressive new glass fronted building by Günther Behnisch which incorporates only remaining original part of the building, the exhibition hall. It was here that the Nazi architect Albert Speer had modelled the Hitler’s vision for Berlin as the capital Germania.

With the best views of the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag, it is a popular centre hosting readings, discussions and cultural events. Rooted in the Enlightenment age, modelled on similar institutions in Paris and Rome the Academy was intended as a centre for intellectual excellence, its mission being to make the Arts and Sciences publicly available.

It has continued to expand its core departments and faculties which include the Fine Arts, architecture, music, literature, theatre and film studies and more recently media design. In its statutory capacity the Academy’s central role as a consultative body addresses core issues relating to the Arts and sponsors international cultural exchanges.
( Text: Berlin.de )
Adresse:
Pariser Platz 4
10117 Berlin
zum Stadtplan
Telefon: 030 20 05 70
Internet: www.adk.de
Öffnungszeiten: Tue-Sun 11-20
Eintrittspreise: depends on exhibition
Nahverkehr:
Bus:
Behrenstr./Wilhelmstr.: 200, N2
S+U Brandenburger Tor: TXL
S Unter den Linden/Glinkastr.: 147, 200
Ebertstr.: M85
Reichstag/Bundestag: 100, M85
S-Bahn:
S+U Brandenburger Tor: S1, S2, S25
U-Bahn:
S+U Brandenburger Tor: U55

The Brandenburg Gate is one of Berlin’s most important monuments – a landmark and symbol all in one with over two hundred years of history. A former symbol of the divided city, it drew visitors who used to climb an observation platform in order to get a glimpse of the world behind the Iron Curtain, on the other side of the barren “death-strip” which separated east from west Berlin, geographically and politically. It was here that on June 12, 1987, Ronald Regan issued his stern command to his cold war adversary admonishing him with the words: “Mr. Gorbachov – tear down this wall!”. The speech delivered to West Berliners was also audible on the east side of the Gate and echoed President von Weizsacker’s words which translate as: “The German question is open as long as the Brandenburg Gate is closed.”

When Germany was reunified following the fall of the Berlin in November 1989 the Brandenburg Gate quickly reinvented itself into the New Berlin’s symbol of unity. It was officially opened to traffic on December 22, 1989 and 100,000 people came to celebrate the occasion. Unfortunately this also resulted in severe damage to the monument which needed to be restored and was only officially reopened on October 3, 2002.

The Brandenburg Gate was erected between 1788 and 1791 according to designs by Carl Gotthard Langhans whose vision was inspired by the Propyläen in Athens’ Acropolis. Prussian sovereign Friedrich Wilhelm II was looking for a suitable architectural statement to enhance the approach into the Boulevard Unter den Linden. The classical sandstone work is one of the masterpieces of this era and is the only surviving one of 18 previous city portals. The Quadriga, a sculpture representing the Goddess of Victory, by Johan Gottfried Schadow which can be spotted from a long distance was erected on the Gate in 1793. From 1806 to 1814 the statue was held captive in France as a Napoleonic trophy during the years of France and Prussia’s military rivalry for imperial domination.

During WWII the Brandenburg Gate was damaged but not destroyed by allied bombing. When visiting the monument and before crossing over to the other side, the Raum der Stille (Room of Silence) situated on the north wing provides a restful place for a short break. Two additional important landmarks just on the side of the Gate are the Pariser Platz with the Akademie der Künste (Academy of Arts) and the restored American embassy. The Platz des 18. März, commemorates with its date, the demonstrations during the 1848 revolutions for democracy.
( Text: Berlin.de )
Adresse:
Pariser Platz
10117 Berlin
zum Stadtplan
Architekt: Carl Gotthard Langhans, Quadriga made by Gottfried Schadow
Stil: classicism
Nahverkehr:
Bus:
Reichstag/Bundestag: 100, M85
Behrenstr./Wilhelmstr.: 200, N2
S+U Brandenburger Tor: TXL
S Unter den Linden/Glinkastr.: 147, 200
Ebertstr.: M85
S-Bahn:
S+U Brandenburger Tor: S1, S2, S25
U-Bahn:
S+U Brandenburger Tor: U55

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San Francisco, California, USA
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Historically significant square in Berlin, Pariser Platz is significant indeed...from its namesake to the little portal that sits front center of it to the prime locations of some of the embassies that line the sides.

If standing here does not invoke interests in WW II history, then cannot think of another better example.

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Stuttgart, Germany

The place where you'll find the famous brandenburger tor

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Enjoy the demostrations in front of USA embassy (right next to the gate).

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Calgary, Alberta

absolutely my favorite part of Berlin

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Chattanooga, Tennessee

Breathtaking at night!!!

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Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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A great place to take some photos. I enjoyed walking over here.

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Palaiseau, France

Une architecture intéressante, mais pas grand chose à y faire à part se frayer un chemin parmi les autres touristes.

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Local from Berlin, Germany

Sehr schöner Platz mit vielen Leuten tollen Kaffees und Bars und auch das Alexa und galaria Kaufhof sind in der Nähe

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