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East Side Gallery, Berlin

Categories: Historic Sites, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Part of the wall was already cleaned and restored. As the images flashed again like new. Hopefully any fool not lubricate again full images.
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  • The wall really objectifies unjustice. It's actually a lot shorter (in hight) than i expected, but it makes you consider a lot of problems the worlds is facing right now. The graffiti isn't that spect...  read more »
  • Decided to visit the East Side Gallery to see the part of the Berlin Wall with all the graffiti. It is not close to the city center especially if you plan on walking. I would advise taking the Subway....  read more »
  • One of the most iconic symbols of Berlin and one of the cooler contemporary historic "monuments" you will see in Europe. This is a must see for anyone coming to Berlin regardless of your interest in street art or the history of the wall itself. Strolling along the wall in the evening, when the tourist crowds have died down provides you with the best opportunities for pictures and also for just enjoying the art without being hassled by a million tourists with selfie sticks. If you are into street art then you will probably want to make a few trips here to take in all of the detail in each piece/mural. Anyone calling this a "tourist trap" doesn't know what that means - a "tourist trap" is a place where tourists are lured in to see something that isn't really that important or interesting and are forced or encouraged to buy something or pay for entrance - you don't need to pay anything to see the wall and you won't be bothered by anyone selling t-shirts or souvenirs as it is just a wall you can look at.
  • Was so excited to go here, but was a bit of a let down. Some of the murals were not as impressive as I thought they would be. The whole thing has a distracting gate infront of it because jerk-taggers have been defacing the murals. I love the idea of preserving the wall for the purpose of art and history, but there are gorgeous street murals throughout Berlin that are much more fun to find and see.
  • The Wall was mostly demolished between June and November 1990 although a restored stretch remains along the southern border of Wedding and Mitte. Visit Checkpoint Charlie, the famous east-west border control during the Cold War and now a tourist centre, for comprehensive display boards telling the Wall’s story. For more of a visual history, take a walk along the Wall by the Spree, where it runs between the Freidrichshain-Kreuzberg districts. Whereas graffiti has been removed from the northern section of the Wall, the one-mile stretch known as the East Side Gallery is dedicated to art and preserves the paintings made on the eastern side when the Wall was brought down. Although attempting to preserve the spirit of the time, an argument blew up when the restoration project of recent years was seen to overstep the mark, with original artworks being painted over without the artists’ permission.
  • Sure, the murals are cool. But in my opinion this is one of the many tourists trap of Berlin. I think biking along the wall is the best option not to get caught on the tourist craze and still enjoy it.
  • Amazing memorial to the Berlin Wall, a long stretch still standing with inspirational artwork along the whole stretch. All the tourist busses stop nearby so it's easy to access.
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