For nearly a month in the late spring/early summer of 2016, Straße des 17. Juni, the tree-lined promenade that runs from Brandenburg Gate to the Großer Stern, was closed to all vehicle traffic. Traveling westward toward the Siegessäule (above) by foot or bike—particularly in the evening, with the sun setting to the west—is an incredible sight. The video below starts about half a kilometer east of the Großer Stern, runs counterclockwise around the circle focusing on the column, then travels up Altonaer Straße while facing backwards, eventually passing under the S5/7/75 tracks and ending up at the foot of Hansabrücke, at the Moabit border.
The Siegessäule ("victory column"), built in the 19th century to celebrate a series of Prussian military victories, is one of Berlin's most famous landmarks, foremost for the winged angel of victory atop the column (known colloquially as "Golden Else"). The Siegessäule's forays into pop culture include appearances in Wim Wender's iconic Der Himmel über Berlin (AKA Wings of Desire), Ghost in the Shell, and, most serendipitously, as the name of a Berlin-based queer magazine.