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
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.
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 . . .
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Berlin Wall was a terribly ugly, yet practical, piece of masonry. Literally, it was a nine-foot high cement slab running the length of the West-East border, with guards, dogs, lights, and guns, all built not to keep the Westerners out, but to keep the Easterners in. It really defies logic.
Once the Wall was breached in 1989, it began to fall apart everywhere along the length. Tourists wanted souvenirs; portions were bulldozed for development; soon very little was left standing. On of the pieces that did remain (at least as of March 1999) was this patch near Potsdamer Platz. "Street artists" (a.k.a. graffiti-ers) were invited to create a mural of sorts displaying the importance and uniqueness of German reunification and the end of Communism in Berlin. It's pretty cool to see how different artist-types around the world envisioned the events of 1989.
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