Pariser Platz

sights / Squares & plazas

Lonely Planet review

The Brandenburg Gate stands sentinel over this elegant square, which spent the Cold War trapped just east of the Berlin Wall but now is again framed by embassies, banks and the fancy Hotel Adlon, just as it was during its 19th-century heyday. Pop into the Frank Gehry–designed DZ Bank for a peek at the atrium’s outlandish conference room. Next door, the new US Embassy opened in 2008.