Brandenburg Gate, Berlin. Then & Now

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Brandenburger Tor from Pariser Platz.

Old photo taken about a month after the end of the war in Europe.

Original by Carl Weinrother on Wikepedia;

41 comments on “Brandenburg Gate, Berlin. Then & Now
  1. amyrey says:

    Oh wow. You have done this sort of thing before and it wrks so well. Brilliant idea Ian. Brings all sorts of emotions. Sadness at the madness of the past, but relief that all that awfullness wasn’t wasted.

    Have a good Sunday.

  2. Ian D B says:


    Cheers Amy, one of the reasons for going to Berlin was to get some Then and Now photos.

    The one I really wanted was of the Red Army soldier planting a Soviet flag on the roof of the Reichstag. Because I knew the exact spot and because tourists could access the roof, we went along to visit having been up there before… only to be told that since last year visits to the Reichstag had to be arranged online a few days in advance. I need to write a snotty review on Amazon for the Lonely Planet guide published earlier this year, that was one of many things the author hadn’t researched properly.

    Oh well. Lots more to bore you with over the coming days. Have a good un yourself.

  3. Neal. says:

    I had a go at doing this but it didn’t come out as good, I always think it must have been a hellish place to live. I have a friend whose Mum got out in time but nver forgot the horror of it all.

  4. Kingsdude/Dave says:

    Wow, great work Ian, very thought provoking and an instant fave !

  5. Richard Tierney says:

    Superb Ian…. excellent montage.

  6. hannes vosgerau | unknown711 says:

    Wooow! Fantastic work, well done!!

  7. C J Paul (chris) says:

    man this is brilliant ian what a great idea.

  8. nondesigner59 says:

    Brilliant work Ian, great idea well executed..

  9. SolarScot. says:

    Well Done Ian

  10. rob of rochdale says:

    Now this is a bit clever. Well done Ian, it’s a belter!

  11. Keartona says:

    The photos are so well aligned!
    What a difference between the two.

  12. andyholmfirth says:

    Nicely done Ian.

  13. gastephen says:

    Great idea and nicely executed Ian.

  14. mick cooke says:

    brilliant work ian

  15. Jainbow says:

    Oh wow, this is clever!! Looks wonderful! :~}

  16. *Psycho Delia* says:

    Very clever work. I love Berlin

  17. **Hazel** says:

    I think this is awesome Ian, a wonderful concept executed so well!! I am so pleased you have enjoyed your trip to Berlin!! I am looking forward to more of your wonderful photos!!!:-)

  18. Lazenby43 says:

    This is very well thought / carried out.

  19. f3liney says:

    Ian, that is inspired!
    Fascinating comparison. Well done.

  20. Hotpix [LRPS] Hanx for 1.5M Views says:

    Wow, a cracking way to make the message.
    Such a change that made.

  21. Tech Owl says:

    Very clever and quite superb Ian – love the detail and the history

  22. Barney Mcgrew1 says:

    Wow. I am genuinely impressed with this. Never thought I would say that of you, Ian. Well done. Brilliant.

  23. Ian D B says:

    Many thanks everyone.

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  25. michele ciavarella says:

    this is an original and thoughtful work.
    Great Ian!

  26. P_H_I_L_L says:

    Brilliantly done Ian. I’m amazed how you’ve got them to match up like that. I’m ashamed to add that I’ve been running round that area in Call of Duty World at War and never realised it was the Brandenburg Gate. They’ve even got that truck in the map.

  27. Ian D B says:


    Lol, really? Been a while since I played CoD, it was on PS2 last time I had a go at that.

  28. IANLAYZELLUK says:

    Interesting Capture.

  29. redrocker_9 says:

    You always amaze me Ian

  30. Reflective Kiwi %-) says:

    This is fantastic to. What a great idea for a series and such an absolutely brilliant way of conveying it too. You have done so well with these Ian, I hope we get to see some more! %-)

  31. mojo_black says:

    Great juxtaposition, quite a contrast between the two, great to see it restored.

  32. Pleasureprinciple2012 says:

    Excellent work, no explanation needed for this.

  33. cgullz says:

    wow, that is really cool work.

  34. pasujoba says:

    This really brings it home !

  35. pasujoba says:

    wonder how much of the damage was by Bomber Command and how much by the Russians ?

  36. Ian D B says:

    I read somewhere that the Red Army accounted for 80% of all Wehrmacht losses… But I have wondered that too about structural damage to Berlin.

  37. Mustang Koji says:

    You may be in the wrong business, Ian. Great work in bringing the two images together once again. Congratulations.

  38. A F Images says:

    Done very well.Nice work 🙂

  39. stuant63 says:

    super work – what a great result

  40. bazylek100 says:

    Very well done. Striking combination!

  41. paul says:

    Cracking work Ian . I have commented before but had forgotten about the shot ….the traces of evil link brought me back .

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