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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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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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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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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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel34,625 contributions
May 2022
This is a fantastic open-air gallery, which include well thought-of graffiti on the longest remaining part of the Berlin Wall.
There's apx. a mile of the wall with various styles of art, most of which are very bright in color and are rather good.
It took us apx. 15 minutes to stroll by the wall and appreciate the art.
Great photo-ops!!!
Written May 15, 2022
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Zosia B
Waterloo, Belgium1,188 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
A walk the the East Side Gallery is always worth it when visiting Berlin. Some of the art changes yet the classics remain unchanged. Some of the art is really thought provoking. Do go early if you want to avoid the crowds and actually be able to take photographs.
Written April 6, 2022
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Andrew T
Godalming, United Kingdom31 contributions
Feb 2020
This part of the original Berlin wall restored and providing a canvas to artists past & present is a must see place when in Berlin. However one word of warning is that it gets busy with those taking selfies etc., which attracts pick pockets!
Written February 25, 2020
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UriusT
Vilnius, Lithuania730 contributions
Apr 2020
Here you can actually find the wall, real pieces of it and covered with old and new art pieces. Some are already world famous images, some not so much. It's a nice place for a stroll, but during warm season the tourists swamp the sidewalks making appreciation and pictures near impossible.
Written December 30, 2020
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NickofSurrey
Surrey, UK630 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Read this was worth a visit-the eastern side of a section of the Berlin Wall, decorated by artists after the fall of the wall in 1989.This was as a statement, given that prior to the fall, to damage the eastern side meant prison. Took the S7 (S-bahn) to Warschauer, came out and turned left, and it is a short walk (and the blue signs high up on the lamp post direct you). The first few pictures had been graffited. It was mediocre on the whole and not worth a special effort. Behind this wall was a lovely stretch of The river Spree and a really nice bridge.
Written October 4, 2020
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