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East Side Gallery
East Side Gallery

East Side Gallery

40 reviews
Sights and Museums, Art Museum
Ranked #11 in Berlin things to do
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Mühlenstraße 3-100, 10243 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 2517159
http://www.eastsidegallery-berlin.com/
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A portion of the Berlin Wall forms the East Side Gallery along the Mühlenstrasse in East Berlin. Recognized as the largest open-air gallery in the world, the 1.3 kilometer concrete wall contains more ... Read more
than 100 murals painted by artists from around the world. The artists painted the wall in celebration when the Berlin Wall fell in 1990. The art in the East Side Gallery is an eclectic conglomeration of images, graffiti-like creations and political statements paying tribute to the jubilation and high hopes that the world would improve after the Berlin Wall came down. Restoration efforts are underway to protect the murals from the affects of pollution, weather and vandalism.

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Las Vegas
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This is an eye-popping gallery of FREE street art with a relic of Communist Eastern Europe as the canvas. Bring comfortable walking shoes because this is the longest open-air gallery in the world. The art is politically charged and provocative, and so colorful in both words and visuals that your camera is a must-have.

Some of the portions of the wall and its art have been defaced by vandals with garden variety graffiti (what kind of terrible person would do that?) so in order to protect the remaining pieces, ugly chain link fences have been put up around the wall. This drastically takes away from the art, but it doesn't lessen the effect too much.

Even if you aren't a fan of street art, check this out. Fans of this type of art should allow at least two hours to leisurely walk the entire gallery.

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Barcelona

Worth visiting as it is a different experience. But as always, it is a touristic thing and it looks like there are better local things to be done.

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Padua

About 1 mile of Berlin Wall colored by artists. The area is all under construction

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Ottawa

A must see while you're in Berlin! Stretches over 1km along the Spree River and a very popular spot for tourists!

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A must-see when visiting Berlin! This is a 1.3km section of the Berlin Wall that runs along the Spree River from the Oberbaumbrüke to just about Ostbahnhof. It is outdoor and free to view which makes it a tourist magnet, but it's still very worthwhile to admire the murals and appreciate the history of this spot. In the 90s artists from all over the world were invited to decorate this section of the wall, and some parts have been refreshed with even newer art. There is a lot of meaning and political expression packed into this spot which will resonate with just about everyone.

I recommend getting the U- or S-Bahn to Warschauer Straße, grabbing a döner box on the walk down to the Spree, checking out the Oberbaumbrüke, and then strolling along the wall. Along the way there are spots to sit by the river which is lovely on a sunny day. As with anywhere outdoors and touristy in Berlin, expect some buskers playing live music as an added bonus.

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Singapore

The East Side Gallery should be one of the must see when in Berlin, but while you're here, don't miss the graffiti along the spree. There is also a man-made beach party nearby. You will also get to see the river that separates east and west Berlin.

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San Jose

Awe inspiring. Park anywhere you can and just walk down the steet and enjoy the art.

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Brussels

A must stop in the city of Berlin!! A great showcase of art with a lot o meaning and history!!!

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The San Francisco Bay Area

The East Side Gallery is the longest stretch of the remains of the Berlin Wall. Today this is home to incredible street are that is constantly changing everyday.

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Local from Berlin

If you're coming to understand the history of the Berlin Wall, this is not the place. That's the Berlin Wall Memorial on the other side of town. If you're interested in murals and street art, this is a good stop. What we found was that it was quite crowded close to the Warschauer Strasse with people taking lots of selfies and photos but the crowds thinned quite quickly the longer you walk.
I think part of the letdown for me was not realizing how much the murals had been covered over by mindless graffiti tags and sharpie messages to girlfriends. Some whole murals are obscured by the vandalism and so the messages they were trying to convey are obscured which is a shame.

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Beverly Hills

A critical piece of modern history still standing. Walk along this section of the wall and it remember how important the Berlin Wall was both for locals but also symbolic globally.

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Berlin-Kreuzberg

The longest stretch of the Berlin wall still standing has become an open air gallery and international memorial for freedom. In 1990 famous artists from around the world each painted a piece. Tagging or painting over is a major no no. The most famous artwork is probably ‘My God Help me survive this deadly love’ or more commonly known as ‘Fraternal Kiss’ - depicting Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker kissing. prepare to wait your turn for a photo with it.

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Local from Berlin

The fanciest open air museum in Berlin! Along the Spree river, there is a famous portion of Berlin Wall that has been converted in art gallery and museum. If you check well the graffiti, you can see the common topic: the Fall of the Wall, with emphasis on freedom and community. It's a bit crowded, but for free and great for pictures (and colorful selfies!).

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Buenos Aires

The longest section of the Wall still standing, it was turned into an artistic monument with many murals by world-class artists.
Wander and discover which is your new favourite, or try to find the most famous ones, such as the Kiss mural.
I loved the fact that most paintings had a different style, but they all touched (in some way or another) the subject of oppresion, despair or hope given by the Wall (or the fall of it).
The neighbourhood is also quite interesting (hipster, alternative), so take a look around or head near the Spree and drink a beer!

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Graz

It should be better watched and taken care of. Most of the graffiti are covered by other stuff people have drawn or written on them.

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Calgary

This almost mile long piece of the Berlin Wall has historic grafitti as well as ongoing street art. The best are the works that showcase East Berliners' views during the Cold War. The west side is less interesting and the ground is covered with broken glass from outdoor partiers.

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Pittsford

This is a large section of the Berlin Wall that was kept as is with the graffiti intact. It is worth seeing as both a political statement based on the art and the size of the wall.

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Nafplion

It was the best view I could have on my way to the office with my bicycle! Every time you notice a "new" graffiti...

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Seattle

I came here really hungover after a night and morning of clubbing and it kind of blew my synapses into pieces. Cool concept, but besides the sensory overload, you seriously seriously need to check out the better street art around Watergate (which is right by this place).

Its cooler if you bike this street than if you walk it. Also, if you have the urge to stay at a crappy hostel on a boat, this is your area!

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Chattanooga

some of the art is a little "out there" but isn't that how people become great?
They think outside the box!

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