East Side Gallery, Berlin

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Mühlenstrasse, Berlin-Friedrichshain

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    Remains of the Berlin Wall

    by Obak81 Written Oct 4, 2006

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    East side gallery from McDonald at Ostbahnhof
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    Located near the Ostbahnhof is the East Side Gallery. The "gallery" is depicted on the actual concrete wall.
    I can recommend taking a tour if you have some waiting time at the Ostbahnhof because the gallery is so proximate to this trainstation.

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    East Side Gallery

    by sue_stone Written Aug 11, 2006

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    East Side Gallery - on the Berlin Wall
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    The East Side Gallery is the longest and best preserved remaining part of the Berlin Wall. This 1.3km long section of the wall is home to one of the largest open air galleries in the world.

    Approximately 106 paintings by artists from all over the world cover this "memorial for freedom", which has been painted on the east side of the wall. The first painting was started in December 1989, immediately after the fall of the wall.

    Over the years the frescoes have been eroded by the weather and exhaust fumes, and also destroyed by tourists wanting to take a part of the wall home with them. The gallery is slowly being restored by non-profit organisations, and the paintings closest to Ostbahnhof are in the best condition.

    This is a very interesting place to visit, not only do you get to see part of the Berlin Wall, but you also get a glimpse of the hopes and dreams for the future for people all around the world, via the artists' work.

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    East Side Gallery

    by Sjalen Written Nov 6, 2005

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    When the Wall finally came down, people did not spare a thought for posterity. Consequently, there are hardly any places left where you can see this hated divider. The East Side Gallery is one of those and runs between Warschauer Strasse and Ostbahnhof. The first stop is the most interesting part of it and has become a devoted gallery where artists have painted the Wall full of old GDR memories. There is also a souvenir shop here with GDR nostalgia items.

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    What's left of the Berlin Wall

    by mayafly Updated Jun 8, 2005

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    It's worth

    The East Side Gallery is the longest surviving stretch of the Berlin Wall. Artists from all over have been invited to come in and paint the wall - some make political comments about the wall and about freedom, others have done more abstract art. Regardless, it's a great outdoor art gallery and makes a great walk after a recovery Sunday brunch in one of Friedrichshain's many indoor/outdoor cafe-bars - especially because it's free! The walk takes about 10 to 15 minutes.

    Unfortunately, many tourists have not recognized the value of the Wall as both a historical monument, and, more recently, an art gallery. Many of the sections are in bad condition, although the artists were recently invited back to touch up their murals. Look, but don't touch!

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    Wonder Wall @ Eastside

    by Kariba Updated Apr 15, 2005
    The Deadly Love - Brezhnev & Honecker - East Side

    In conjunction with the tip on the Berlin Wall (see Barricaded Berlin) is the Eastside Gallery.

    The Gallery is the Wall itself, painted on the east side, as up until 1989 it was impossible to get anywhere near the Wall if you lived in East Berlin. It's the longest stretch still intact - at about 1.3 km's long - which artists from around the world have used as a canvas to paint images as a reminder to the past & a memorial to freedom. It has over 100 paintings and is the largest open air gallery in the world. It's well worth a visit.

    The photo depicts one of many interesting paintings, with the then Russian head of state Leonid Brezhnev and the DDR leader Erich Honecker in a passionate embrace. The caption, written in German & Russian, reads "My God! Help me to survive / overcome this deadly love" & refers to the close relationship between Russia & the DDR.

    The shop at the Gallery sells the usual tourist paraphenalia; pieces of the Wall - yes it seems to go on endlessly -; t-shirts, guide books, postcards and posters.

    The best way to get to the East Side Gallery is to catch the S Bahn (S3, S5, S9, or S75) to either Ostbahnhof or Warschauer Strasse or the U Bahn (U12 or U15) to Warschauer Strasse.

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    Visit the East Side Galleries

    by vichatherly Updated Apr 10, 2005

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    East Side Galleries

    The historic Berlin Wall is now down but some of it and its artwork have been saved or restored giving you a chance to see what it might have been like.

    "The Berlin Wall East Side Gallery is a 1.3km-long section of the wall near the centre of Berlin. Approximately 106 paintings by artists from all over the world cover this memorial for freedom and make it the largest open air gallery in the world."

    The place is just really a road across the river in old East Berlin. We got the U-Bahn to Ostbahnhof and walked across the Oberbaumbrucke. A good place to get a feel for the old city.

    It's a shame that even though there are signs everywhere saying please respect the work of the artist, people still have to scribble graffiti saying hello from wherever they are. Now it could be that they are putting their name to the struggle against “The Wall” and its ideals or just plain vandalism...you decide...I thought it was just unnecessary.

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    Eastside Gallery

    by actualtourist Written Jul 21, 2004

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    It's the longest remaining bit of the Berlin Wall on which graffiti artists painted colorful images containing political and not so political messages. In the summer, just behind the wall close to the Warschauer Strasse U-Bahnhof, there's a beach cafe (Oststrand) where you can relax, so I recommend walking from Ostbahnhof to Warschauer Strasse, not the other way around

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    East Side Gallery

    by m-joy Written Jun 13, 2004

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    It was in 1990 during Berlin’s reunification period when 1,3 km of the wall have been reserved as a memorial. More than 100 artists from 24 countries made an open-air gallery of it. Some pictures are just nice and funny, most of them have a political or historical background.

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    A Kiss between Honecker and Brezhnev

    by Karin1S Written Mar 6, 2004

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    East Side Gallery

    The East Side Gallery lies to the north of Oberbaumbrücke. It consists of a 1.3 kilometre long section of the Berlin Wall along Mühlenstraße, on which artists from all over the world painted 106 murals in 1990. Amongst the best-known is Honecker and Brezhnev's Fraternal Kiss. This was painted by the Russian artist, Dmitri Vrubel, who gave it the title "O God, help me survive this deadly love".
    But you'll also find a lot of very interessting pictures from unknown artists.
    Take a walk at the east side gallery on a sunny day and feel the history of that wall . . .

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    East Side Gallery

    by pili Updated Dec 13, 2003

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    East Side Gallery

    The wall that once devided the city is almost completely gone. There are a few remnants including the East Side Gallery located across from the East Berlin rail station. It consists of a 1.3 kilometre long section of the Berlin Wall along Mühlenstrasse, on which artists from all over the world painted 106 murals in 1990
    Another section is across the river from the Reichstag

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    The Biggest Remaining Section of Wall

    by Jagermeister Written Dec 9, 2003

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    Murals on the Wall at the East Side Gallery

    The East Side Gallery is the largest preserved section of the Berlin Wall. In fact, this section of wall is larger than one kilometer in length and is covered with murals (some of which are preserved better than others).

    Seeing THE WALL was an obligatory stop on my first trip to Berlin and I am glad that I saw it, but it was not quite what I expected. I can't explain to you what I was expecting--but this was not it.

    The East Side Gallery is a bit removed from everything else that Berlin has to offer but can easy be reached from the Warschauer Strasse S and U Bahn Stations. Just keep walking toward the river and it will begin on the right side of the street.

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    East Side Gallery

    by Gillianina Updated Oct 24, 2003

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    It’s the longest, most interesting and best preserved part of the Wall. It’s situated along Mühlenstraße in Friedrichshain, it’s 1300 m long and it’s an open air art gallery created in 1990 by famous international artists. In 2000 some of the works were restored by their authors.

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  • East Side Gallery

    by sabsi Updated Sep 16, 2003

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    East Side Gallery

    More than 1 kilometre of remains of the wall painted by international artists on the East Side. Half of it (the end near Ostbahnhof) has been restored recently and it is as bright and colourful as it was meant to be, the other half is still falling apart unfortunately.

    The East Side of the wall was never sprayed when the wall was still there until 1989. The western side looked really colourful and interesting with all the politic statements and colourful graffitis. As the people of the East couldn't get to the wall without being shot the Eastern side was grey concrete and fences which made it an even more depressing sight I can imagine.

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    East Side Gallery

    by sarahandgareth Written Aug 26, 2003

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    East Side Mural

    The East Side Gallery is one of the largest preserved sections of the Berlin Wall – and it has the added bonus of being an outdoor art gallery. Each segment of Wall was painted by a different artist (many from outside Germany) shortly after the Wall came down, and many of the sections have been restored or updated since then.

    The Gallery is almost a mile (1.3 kilometers) long, and has over 100 paintings. The theme of many of the paintings is peace and harmony: the message is sometimes very clear, sometimes more subtly woven into the art. There’s a great variety of work on display: you’ll likely love some sections, and be unmoved by others, but this is an essential stop for anyone interested both in the Wall and the emotions that it provoked in people.

    The most recent restorations were in 2000, and sadly some segments have suffered quite badly at the hands of the elements and graffiti artists: it's time for another revamp, but unfortunately the funds for such a cleanup are lacking.

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    The Wall

    by nigelw6443 Updated Aug 21, 2003

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    The remains of

    Around Berlin are remnants of the the once divided city. The largest part of the wall remaining has been painted with murals and is called the Eastside Gallery. This is located at Stralauer Allee, which is between Warschauer Str. banhoff andthe Ost Berlin bahnhof.

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