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East Side Gallery

East Side Gallery (56)

The East Side Gallery is in the Friedrichshain district. It is the name given to a section of the original Berlin Wall decorated with pictures by various artists. 

This part of the wall measures almost one and a half kilometres in length. Between the years 1999 and 2000, one hundred and twenty artists had the chance to express in painting what the wall and its fall signified to them. The piece has now become a symbol expressing the euphoria and hope felt by the whole world when the wall came down. 

This painted wall is in the open air and you do not have to pay to see it. But due to the nature of the weather, and above all, the graffiti which covers some of the paintings and shows a complete lack of respect for the work here, several of the pieces now need restoration. 

We recommend you walk the length of the East Side Gallery and see these paintings shaped onto a surface as unusual as it is symbolic. 

Just a few metres from the East Side Gallery you will find the bridge which unites the Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg neighbourhoods: the “Oberbaumbrucke”, a neo-gothic style structure. Like most of the city’s buildings, this bridge was damaged during the war and after reunification was restored by Santiago Calatrava. 

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