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East Side Gallery, Berlin
(4.1/5 based on 8,000+ reviews on the web)
To see some truly one-of-a-kind art, take a stroll along East Side Gallery. This 1.3 km (0.8 mi) long stretch of the Berlin Wall is near the center of the city. One of the largest remaining portions of the former border between East and West Germany, this now serves as an international memorial of freedom. You'll see that the remains of the wall are painted with provocative and thought-provoking murals, political and otherwise. This open-air art gallery is a work in progress, so you'll find that creative local artists constantly add new images. Stop by to have your picture taken in front of a living piece of history. With our online itinerary creator, Berlin attractions like East Side Gallery can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • A few parts of the original Berlin wall are worth a visit! Many artists, political statements, that these pieces of the wall, a original are the history, make inevitable a visit! And absolutely necessary!
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  • It is what it is. A great experience to see it in the flesh. Recommended for anyone that visits. Bring someone with you as it's a great topic to share. 
  • It was very interesting to see such a large expanse of the Berlin Wall and the murals are impressive. Unfortunately many of the murals have had a fair amount of graffiti on them and the atmosphere the...  more »
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  • The Berlin Wall was one of the places I wanted to see the most in Berlin. It was amazing! The wall is powerful in so many ways. I love all the art on the wall. It is in a way relevant to the themes the wall poses. It is also not protected and you can actually touch the wall, which I really liked. I also enjoyed the length of it. The wall is much longer than I even thought a standing part of the wall would be with parts of it cut for access between the two sides. It was also fun to imagine how different the two sides are with there being a beach on the side closer to the river, which was nice.
  • Parts of the wall are very beautiful, while other parts not so much... Luckily, it looks like people are actively making an effort to restore the artwork after being covered in several layers of graffiti. Unfortunately, this required putting a fence in front of the wall in some sections. In other sections, you can watch tourists as they continue to ruin the artwork by writing their names on the wall in pen and etc. I'm really only rating this a 4-star because of a few very powerful pieces of art on the wall. The rest is really not that interesting or worth seeing.
  • Really beautiful, I think it's a must see in Berlin and it's makes for a nice walk. The graffiti are really beautiful and express all sort of mixed feelings and emotions of that era. I went during the sunset, maybe not the ideal time for photo, but there's was almost no one which was really kinda great.
  • I think I was expecting a gallery, but instead the experience is more authentic. In my view the authenticity comes because alongside the anti-totalitarian art there's also current graffiti and tags. But I have to say it's also quite kitsch.
  • An absolute beauty. I've never before been truly taken aback the way this gallery did. The art is truly insightful and thought-provoking, especially if you've studied the history behind the wall. An absolute must-see if you're in Berlin, even if you're there for only one day. The Syrian refugee additions on the back are heartbreaking.