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Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)

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Inspired by the Acropolis entrance in Athens, the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate) is one of the most-photographed sites in Berlin. Located in Pariser Platz, one of the city's most famous squares, the Brandenburg Gate was built for King Frederick Wilhelm II in 1788. 

Since then, it's been the backdrop of much of the city's history, including Napoleonic invasions and Nazi parades. During the Cold War, the structure sat in "no man's land" between East and West Berlin. Visitors to the monument say it's now a must-see symbol that represents Germany unity.  

Although it will only take a few moments to snap a picture of the gate, you might want to walk by the tourist information center and consider the vast history that has taken place at the Brandenburger Tor. For more information, visit Berlin's tourism website.

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#1 Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) Inspired by the Acropolis entrance in Athens, the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate) is one of the most-photographed sites in Berlin. Located in Pariser Platz, one of the city's most ... Read more » Achim Thomae / Getty Images

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#3 Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe The Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, or more simply, Berlin's Holocaust Memorial, consists of a grid of 2,711 concrete ... Read more » Carson Smith for USN & WR

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The memorial features 2,711 concrete blocks to memorialize the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.  Carson Smith for USN & WR

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