East Side Gallery

sights / Historic

East Side Gallery information

Berlin , Germany
Address
Street Mühlenstrasse btwn Oberbaumbrücke & Ostbahnhof
Getting there
subway Warschauer Strasse
train Ostbahnhof, Warschauer Strasse
More information
www.eastsidegallery-berlin.de
Opening hours
24hr
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Lonely Planet review

The year was 1989. After 28 years, the Berlin Wall, that grim and grey divider of humanity, finally met its maker. Most of it was quickly dismantled along the Spree, a 1.3km stretch became the East Side Gallery, the world’s largest open-air mural collection. In more than 100 paintings, dozens of international artists translated the era’s global euphoria and optimism into a mix of political statements, drug-induced musings and truly artistic visions.

Birgit Kinder’s Test the Best, showing a Trabi bursting through the Wall, The Mortal Kiss by Dimitri Vrubel, which has Erich Honecker and Leonid Brezhnev locking lips, and Thierry Noir’s bright cartoon faces are all shutterbug favourites. The ESG, which was restored in 2009, is currently under threat from development, which has already resulted in the removal of two sections.