East Side Gallery

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1 Mühlenstraße, Berlin, Germany

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christl3 christl3
171 reviews
Longest open-air gallery in the world? Jun 25, 2014
The East Side Gallery is a must-see when visiting Berlin. It is (i have heard) the longest open-air gallery in the world at 1.3 km long. Even people who don't usually go seeking out art museums (myself included) will enjoy this.

There is also a store at the beginning (the O2 Arena end) that you can buy some Berlin souveniers and also get your passport stamped with former border-crossing stamps for a small charge.

It consists of a surviving piece of the Berlin Wall running along the river Spree with artworks from various talented artists adorning it. The artworks are all incredibly vivid and vibrant, all of them contain metaphorical meaning relating to Berlin's turbulent history and current environment. But like any great artworks - they are open to individual interpretation, appreciation and enjoyment.

This gallery is especially important because it has managed to use a symbol that enforced fear, apprehension and dread in people - the wall itself - as a medium by which artists now express themselves creatively. A former symbol of suppression has been transformed into a beautiful canvas.
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Theresa1101 Theresa1…
5 reviews
East Side Gallery - Leftovers of Berlin Wall full of Art Jan 23, 2012
Definitely something you have to check out during in Berlin.

It's about a kilometer left of the Berlin Wall that has been painted over and over in Graffiti.

It's just been renewed in 2010, I guess?


While walking along check out the beach bars at the Spree (eg. YAAM) or keep walking to the neighbourhood around Warschauer Strasse/ Boxenhagener Strasse and find tons of amazing bars, restaurants& nightlife
Tinavoyage Tinavoya…
6 reviews
International memorial for freedom: East Side Gallery, Berlin Jan 15, 2011
The Berlin Wall was a symbol of the Cold War and separation of Germany and Berlin. If you come to Berlin, Germany make sure to visit "THE EAST SIDE GALLERY". You´ll be impressed by the wonderful Graffiti art, telling you in pictures a bit of Berlin History, world peace, human liberty,etc.

"The East Side Gallery is an international memorial for freedom. It is a 1.3 km long section of the Berlin Wall located near the centre of Berlin on Mühlenstraße in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. [...] The paintings at the East Side Gallery document the time of change and express the euphoria and great hopes for a better and free future for all people of the world." - Wikipedia



S-Bahn: S3, S5, S7, S9 Ostbahnhof or Warschauer Strasse

U-Bahn: U1, U15 Warschauer Strasse

If you want to take some nice pictures or want to enjoy the paintings without too many people blocking your view, avoid times when there is a lot of traffic!

"We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" - Ronald Reagon
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kbuch050 says:
This East Side Gallery touched my heart so deeply. I will never forget it.
Posted on: Jan 15, 2011
skiathos skiathos
31 reviews
East Side Gallery and Oberbaumbrücke Aug 06, 2011
A must on the sightseeing agenda. The individual pictures on each of the stone tablets, making up this last remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall, have been completed by artists from around the world.

There are already some really helpful and useful reviews on the East Side Gallery and the advice given about taking your camera, chosing a fair weather day and trying to avoid peak traffic times is good advice. I would add, avoid very hot days, as you're exposed here and allow at least an hour to appreciate a fair stretch of the wall and the facinating art work here.

The Gallery is a mix of social document, political satire, inspired thinking.. could go on, but the pictures say it all.

The stretch of wall remaining is quite extensive, about a mile long or so, but only partially and symbolically representative of the Berlin Wall in it's original state. For anyone interested in getting a better understanding of the Wall, as it was , I'm attaching a link to a short,but very descriptive video (when I can find it...arrgghh)..Found it..



If you have time, there are gaps in the Gallery, which take you to bars along the river Spree. This makes for a pleasant stroll to Berlin's most iconic bridge, the Oberbaumbrücke. The bridge joins the districts of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg and has two turrets topped with a bear (traditional Berlin symbol) and an eagle (symbol of German Royality). It's also worth a walk over the bridge into Kreuzberg, if you have the time.
Eastside Gallery
A personal favourite
We are all neighbours
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marcelina1985 marcelin…
15 reviews
The most artistic wall in Berlin Apr 30, 2011
Almost everyone in the world heard about Berlin Wall. However not all know that one of still remaining parts of it functions as a special open air art gallery (at least I didin't know until I came to Berlin).

This part of the Berlin Wall is 1.3 km long and covered with various graffiti/paintings - more or less 100 paintings created by various artists from many parts of the world.

Among paintings we can find those made by such artists as Jürgen Grosse alias INDIANO, Dimitri Vrubel, Siegfrid Santoni, Bodo Sperling or Kasra Alavi to name but the few.

East Side gallery is said to be a great international memorial for freedom. In my opinion it actually is but to understand it one has to visit it in personal ;-)


The gallery is located on Mühlenstraße in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district.


The Gallery is free of charge ! The only thing you really need to enjoy watching it is a good weather and a camera to take some photos of the wall paintings you like the most ...
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paulinam paulinam
5 reviews
an authentic piece of berlin history Apr 10, 2011
If you really wanna see a special rhing about Berlin go and have a look at the Berlin wall which has been painted by various artists

Especially cool: the two kissing presidents :)
lauradolores says:
i agree.
great attraction !
Posted on: Jan 11, 2016
Dr_Seuss Dr_Seuss
216 reviews
Art On The Wall May 16, 2010
Got off the S-Bahn at Ostbanhof and turned to the exit where the taxi rank was, and voila, there it was right in front of us.

Crossed over the road here and this is the end of the longest remaining section of the wall. Each section had been given over to an artist to decorate as they saw fit, and most relate to the wall, though some are just totally abstract ( to my untrained eye :D) .

Was orginally done in 2000, but became a target of vandalism and so it was all done again in 2009, with many of the original artists coming back.

Some great bits of street art as you walk along, and you'll find, through what would have been gates at the time, a couple of cafe/bars if you need to refuel. We walked the lengh of it, just over 1km to the bridge.

At the Oberbaumbrucke end is a small shop, and one of the 5 designated passport stamp places in Berlin.

At this end you can see that the double section of the wall and you can also get down behind it an walk along the riverside path.A pleasant and thought provoking stroll.
East Side Gallery Sign
East Side Gallery Painting
CV Of Berlin Wall
Brandenburg Gate Picture
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Vikram says:
Nice pix
Posted on: Jun 08, 2010
londonstudent londonst…
31 reviews
Oct 12, 2004
This is a long section of the former Berlin Wall that, soon after reunification, attracted artists who used the concrete panels to offer their own interpretations of Berlin's history and current situation. While most of the rest of the Wall has been destroyed, the East Side Gallery (as it came to be called) has remained, and there is now a charitable trust dedicated to its preservation.There are over one hundred images, and being exposed to the elements and to vandals they fell into disrepair. Therefore in 2000 an extensive programme of repainting and restoration was undertaken, in many cases by the original artists. Unfortunately, although predictably, the graffiti has returned. Nevertheless, in my opinion the Gallery remains essential viewing for any visitor to Berlin, and you should allow at least an hour as the paintings engender many trains of thought.The Gallery is all along one side of Muhlenstrasse, and the viewing technique is simply to walk along the other side with your head turned through ninety degrees - so you need a fine day! And it would be a good plan to avoid times when there is a lot of traffic, as cars and lorries obscure the view.
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londonstudent says:
Yeah, you need to do this while you're young, before you develop arthritis!
Posted on: Aug 04, 2010
ladyluck13and7 says:
90 degrees eh? Good tip!
Posted on: Aug 03, 2010

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