I am currently obsessed with all things Berlin. Since Jake and I visited a few weeks ago, I have already read two books and watched three documentaries about Berlin and its fascinating history. I absolutely love this thriving city – its trendy restaurants, fashion forward shops (click here to read my post about the Voo Store) and lovely people. The highlight of my trip, however was the East Side Gallery. No other place captures the essence of this city like this 1.3km long wall does – old Berlin meets new Berlin here.
Honecker and Brezhnew kissing passionately; a Trabant car breaking through the concrete; a cosmonaut floating in space; the East Side Gallery is a true monument to the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is now the longest open air gallery in the world giving the world a glimpse of a bygone era. It stands as a stark reminder of the power of the human race overcoming the Iron Curtain that existed in Europe less than a generation ago.
The gallery is made up of paintings by 118 artists from over 21 countries painted in 1990 on the East Side of the Berlin Wall. Artists include Jürgen Grosse, Dimitri Vrubel, Siegfrid Santoni and Bodo Sperling. Located on Mühlenstraße in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, the gallery is easily accessible from the city centre with more than 3 million people visit the East Side Gallery every year.
It is open 24/7 but I would recommend visiting the gallery in the morning – it tends to be quieter and you can grab a cuppa by the nearby river Spree and walk around this open art gallery. Jake and I spent well over an hour taking in all the paintings. It’s also free so if you are doing Berlin on a budget, it should definitely feature on your list.
East Side Gallery
10243 Berlin Friedrichshain