One of the coolest attractions in Berlin is definitely the East Side Gallery. It’s not your typical posh display of art from distinguished artists behind glass frames. This one is expressionist art in its rawest form. The best part? It’s free.
The coolest part? It fuses history with modernity in the most organic way possible. A 1.3km stretch of the original Berlin wall located on Mühlenstraße along the river spree. The Gallery consists of 105 paintings by artists from all over the world, painted in 1990 on the east side of the Berlin Wall.
The paintings at the East Side Gallery document a time of change and express the euphoria and great hopes for a better, more free future for all people of the world
Due to the open nature of the gallery, vandalism and erosion is visible on every piece of artwork on the concrete slabs. People freely scribble on the walls like it was the side of some high school desktop.
Not gonna lie, my friends and I made a small mark on the wall as well along the sea of graffiti.
There is actually a lot of political meaning behind these paintings. Most depicting a time of struggle during which East and West Berlin were separated by these very walls.
You will notice that a lot of Berlin postcards are inspired by the artwork on these walls
The East Side Gallery is a must visit in Berlin. Forget about fancy museums. If you want to experience the true essence of Berlin, this is it.