The East Side Gallery is a gallery and international memorial for freedom in Berlin, Germany. East side is an open-air gallery that consists of over 100 paintings that are painted onto the Berlin wall; the ‘East’ refers to the side of the Berlin wall the gallery is literally painted on. The paintings were done after the fall of the wall, over 100 artists gathered from 21 countries to paint politically inspired pieces on the 1.4km stretch of wall, these include Birgit Kinders Trabant breaking through the wall and Dmitri Vrubel’s ‘Fraternal Kiss’. Since the opening of the gallery in the early 1990s, the paintings have been damaged by adverse weather and graffiti, although some restoration work has been done on a number of paintings.
To get to the East Side Gallery take the 248 bus that travels to the sight.
Opening Times and Admission
The gallery is open air and is visible at all hours of the day, but obviously, the best time to attend is daylight. The walk takes usually around an hour if you are stopping at each painting.