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Snapshot: Brandenburger Tor – The Brandenburg Gate At Night

Brandenburger Tor - Brandenburg Gate at Night

The Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) is arguably one of the world’s most recognisable structures and has become a symbol for the city of Berlin.

I remember visiting the Brandenburg Gate on my first morning in Berlin and looking up at the stonework marvelling at the fact that it was completed in 1791.

Throughout history, the Brandenburg Gate has been the backdrop to political upheaval, flashpoints and celebrations.

In 1806 Napoleon removed the Quadriga, the statue of the goddess Victoria driving a chariot drawn by four horses that sits atop the gate, and took it back with him to Paris.

In 1987 Ronald Reagan delivered the line “Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall” from a podium set up near the gate.  The spot is now marked by a memorial.

And who could forget the images beamed around the world in 1989 of the celebrations atop the wall here when travel restrictions between East and West were lifted.

Snapshot: Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin at Night

Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin at Night

This photo of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures) was taken last week when I was out in Berlin on a video safari.

Inspired by the great videos I posted in my Video Week, Luci’s In a Berlin Minute channel and Berlin am Abend by Gilly, I decided to go out and have a go at shooting my own Berlin video.  It was supposed to be fun.  Now I realise that I have a whole new camera technique to learn and that’s before I even get started on editing.  It may take a while to produce something worth sharing.

Snapshot: Berliner Philharmonie (Berlin Philharmonic Hall) at Night

Berliner Philharmonie (Berlin Philharmonic Hall) at Night

The Berliner Philharmonie (Berlin Philharmonic Hall) is an asymmetrical and angular building in the Kulturforum near Potsdamer Platz in Berlin.

Designed by Hans Scharoun, the building was completed in 1963 and is particularly striking when lit up at night.

I took this picture as I wandered past the building yesterday evening.

I didn’t realise it at the time but the German President Joachim Gauck, Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande were all in attendance at a concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty.

Also known as the Treaty of Friendship, the accord was signed by Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer on 22 January 1963 and marked a new era in relations between Germany and France.

Snapshot: Hotel Adlon Pariser Platz

Hotel Adlon, lamp and sign on Pariser Platz, Berlin

The Hotel Adlon in Berlin is most famous as the site of the Michael Jackson ‘baby dangling incident’.  The singer held his baby ‘Blanket’ over the railing of his balcony on Behrenstrasse (out of shot) to the horror of those gathered below.

The hotel occupies a prime spot in Berlin with views over the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate) and is a short walk from the Reichstag, the Tiergarten and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.