East Side Gallery

East Side Gallery, Berlin

East Side Gallery
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This mile-long stretch of the Berlin Wall is one of the largest remaining portions of the former divide between East and West Germany.
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Neighborhood: Friedrichshain
When you arrive at Warschauer Strasse in the heart of the district, you have found one of Berlin’s party hotspots. At night in Friedrichshain, the energy is palpable and the streets of this old worker's quarter are full of street musicians. On one hand, you may find a bar with international crowds, electronic music, long lines and panoramic views - on the other, an outside venue by old train yards featuring decrepit buildings and live alternative music. No matter your taste, the best way to end a night out in Friedrichshain is sitting by the Spree River at the East side gallery, the longest and best preserved piece of the Berlin Wall, watching the sun rise over the beautiful Oberbaum Bridge.
How to get there
  • Schlesisches Tor • 7 min walk
  • Warschauer Straße • 9 min walk
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smrgeog
Vancouver, Canada2,018 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
It’s a standard stop on the hop on hop off bus routes. For the city sightseeing tour (red bus), the driver takes a 20 minute break, so it’s an opportunity to take a look.

The outdoor provides an opportunity to turn the remnants of the Berlin Wall into something. There are lots of cafes and coffee shops nearby; great to grab a bite and coffee.

For me the best part of the whole gallery is the immortal painting of Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker kissing (likely making fun of how Brezhnev greets guests!). Worth a short visit at least.
Written June 4, 2022
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Fergs85
Thornton-Le-Dale, UK892 contributions
May 2022
This is a quirky and unique place to visit, and should be high on your list of “must-sees” if you are in Berlin. After the wall was breached most of it was pulled down, but in this area of Berlin 1.3km was left standing, and it wasn’t long before numerous artists were turning their hand to creating what has become the longest open-air gallery in the world. Take a gentle stroll along the full length of the “gallery”, and be sure to find the most iconic images – the Trabant bursting through a fractured Berlin Wall, and the “Fraternal Kiss”, which depicts Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker locked in the passionate embrace referenced in the title.
PS Don't be put off by the location - it's well worth the effort.
Written June 24, 2022
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Ashleigh J
Glasgow, UK91 contributions
Nov 2019
I don't know what quite to expect but knew this was an essential attraction to visit whilst in Berlin. I find that modern art is quite often lost on me but I could still appreciate a lot of the different pieces. We visited early in the morning on our way to breakfast. I would recommend visiting early as it did get busy especially near the iconic 'Fraternal Kiss'.

It is also worth mentioning to keep your wits about you whilst walking along as we were stopped by numerous gangs trying to get us to donate money to fake charities.
Written May 8, 2020
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Faz K
Glasgow, UK37 contributions
Jun 2022
The gallery itself is worth a visit. Its an interesting historic piece of history. However, I found it quite difficult getting any decent pictures as it was really busy. There is a museum at the start of the gallery but at 12.50 euros i felt was too expensive. There is a busy and vibrant square just across from the gallery which houses a music hall/cinema and various eateries and we spent a lovely afternoon here.
Written June 20, 2022
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jamsarnie7
Lowestoft, UK177 contributions
Apr 2022
If you like the interpretation of Art this is worth a visit. I myself am not the greatest at reading and interpreting art but that didn't stop me admiring the impressive work of local artists and taking in the history of the wall.
I would allow an hour to walk the length of the wall and back (on the outside and then back via the riverside) to truly take in the sight. Shame about the construction work taking place which blocked some of the exhibit but can't be helped.
Written April 12, 2022
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Sachin0408
Varanasi, India936 contributions
Dec 2019
Close to the rier the East Side Gallery is a fabulous piece of artistic marvel. Devoted to the Berlin Wall collapse and the atromannercities of Hitler it was an amazing walk all the way form one corner ot the other.

The Hop on Hop off bus makes a 30 minutes stop here and that gives you ample time to go ahead and review the artistic brilliance. True there are plenty of tourist taking photos in an awedully disgracious manner but then you cannot help it.

All in all its an amazing place to spend close to an hour.
Written January 12, 2020
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Swimsteve
Kingscliff, Australia343 contributions
Sep 2019
First time I visited a couple of years back I arrived in the middle of the day bus loads of tourists were milling around. I was so put off by the number of people posing for pictures, buskers and street merchants plying their various trades I just lost interest. This year I was staying across the road so I went for an early morning walk (6:30am) and was able to enjoy looking at the various good and some not so good wall artworks. The river was lovely at this time of the morning as well!
Written January 12, 2020
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iowacityia
iowa city, ia1,271 contributions
May 2022
We arrived around 5pm, via public transport. It was not super busy when we were there. We got to view the artwork without much competition from other visitors. We found there were several sections of the wall that were available for artwork to be applied. We got to sit on the steps along the river and listen to a musical duo perform. Very nice. It was a lovely environment. We had a great visit. I would certainly return.
Written June 4, 2022
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saddlersfan
Cannock, UK200 contributions
Feb 2022
We spent about an hour walking the length of the gallery admiring the artwork. Some pictures are very thought provoking, some less so. The weather was wet for our visit but this didn't dampen the enjoyment of this

When visiting Berlin this is one you have to tick off
Written April 11, 2022
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Federico F
Vicenza, Italy78 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
If you are in Berlin you must go to see it. This long piece of wall of Berlin is covered by Graffiti Made by artist from all over the world and they're really beautiful, it's like a free museum on open air. There is also a park, shops and other buildings near it and the beautiful Kreuzberg Bridge
Written May 17, 2022
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