East Side Gallery

East Side Gallery

East Side Gallery is the unique piece of arts, the longest open air gallery in the world open for visitors 24 hours for free. The thing is that gallery occupies a large section of the Berlin Wall. In 1989 when the Wall fell and demolished the boundary between the East and the West Berlin, people came to the wall to paint graffiti that would reflect the latest political events in the world. 118 artists from 21 countries took part in painting of the wall. The result of their work was the exposition, one-of-a-kind in the world. The most famous exhibit of the gallery is the painting ‘My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love’ (considered the best-known graffiti ever). The painting is also known as ‘Fraternal Kiss’ and depicts Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker in a fraternal embrace. The painting was created by Dmitri Vrubel. There are also many other great painting, one of them being the painting of the East-German trabant destroying the Berlin Wall. Unfortunately many parts of the wall suffered from erosion and vandalism. Remediation works started in 2009, 20 years after the Berlin Wall fell, all the paintings were restored and the gallery was taken under protection.
Excursion may be ordered at the official website of the gallery.

Address: Mühlenstraße
Opening hours: 24h
How to reach: Warschauer Straße S5, S7, S75; Ostbahnhof S5, S7, S7; Schlesisches Tor U1
Coordinates: 52.505114, 13.439840