East Side Gallery, Berlin

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Mühlenstrasse, Berlin-Friedrichshain

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    by sabsi Updated Sep 16, 2003

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    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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    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.

    East Side Mural

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    The Wall

    by nigelw6443 Updated Aug 21, 2003

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    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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    "Street Art" on the Wall

    by DrewV Written Aug 13, 2003

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    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.

    A smigden of what you might expect at the ESG

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    East-Side Gallery

    by barryg23 Updated May 11, 2003

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    One of the largest remaining parts of the Berlin Wall can be found at the East-Side Gallery. Here, there is a long stretch - approx 1.5 km (thx Sabsi!) - of the wall which has been painted over by artists down the years.

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    by Silverstar Written Sep 2, 2002

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    The Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery
    Here you can find a 1 km section of the Berlin Wall that is still standing and nowadays is a living art gallery. On the wall you can see paintings and drawings by lots of artists. In total, artist of more then 20 different countries worked on it. Very cool to walk next to it and take a pic of you and the painting you like the most.

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    The East Side Gallery, near...

    by ucbwalker Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The East Side Gallery, near the river on the way over to Kreuzberg. What remains standing of the despised Wall is now used as a massive open-air canvas for a wide variety of artists. Some of the art is bland and we-are-the-world hippy-ish, but some is genuinely interesting.

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    East Side Gallery

    by oja Written Aug 25, 2002

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    East Side Gallery
    If there is one sight you shouldn't miss for the world, it must be the East Side Gallery. This is what the remaining 1000-or-so metres of the Wall are called nowadays. If you have problems feeling caught and restricted, you won't any more as you see this symbol of former dictatorship and totalitarianism. It really makes you value your freedom.


    In the souvenir shop behind it, you can get a DDR stamp in your passport for 1 DEM. (Once I had a bit of problems at the German border when the police officer couldn't understand how I could have a DDR stamp when my passport was issued only in 1992... Ah, police!)

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    An interesting place is the...

    by sandkarsten Written Aug 24, 2002

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    An interesting place is the 'East side gallery'. different artists made paintings on the east side of the berlin wall and it is nice to see, but some pictures need a renovation.
    It is along the street Mühlenstraße between the S-Bahn stations Ostbahnhof and Warschauer Straße.

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    The Wall.

    by alectrevor Updated May 1, 2013

    The Berlin Wall is part of history of Germany, and must be preserved for future generations to know the past. The picture shows the wall near Ostbahnhof station.,the east side gallery.

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    The Wall becomes an art gallery

    by henri123 Updated Apr 26, 2012

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    Painters from many countries have been expressing an impression.

    >Je me souviens > certainly comes from the french part of canada, painter from québec.

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    Brezhnev and Honecker

    by egonwegh Written Feb 25, 2008

    "Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker making out", as Wikipedia puts it ... Perhaps the most famous work of art on the entire stretch ( > 1 km) that goes by the name of East Side Gallery.

    Berlin, Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker
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    East Side Gallery

    by mandybailey Written Mar 18, 2006

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    This is really impressive and some of the art is really well preserved. Lots of the messages are quite powerful. Its well worth a visit.

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    the wall museum

    by chancay Updated Nov 1, 2004

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    it is the longest open air museum, over more than a kilometer of wall still stands here as a memorial place. Absolutely worth the visit!

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  • Graffitti on history

    by sagorion Updated Aug 10, 2004

    The remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall is now an open gallery for 'artful' graffiti. Rather out of the way but worth the walk just to see the remnants of the wall.

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