East Side Gallery

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East Side Gallery Berlin: Top 5 fascinating facts

The East Side Gallery is the longest remaining strip of The Berlin Wall and the longest outdoor gallery in the world. Immediately after the fall of the “iron curtain,” 118 artists from 21 different countries reinterpreted East Side Gallery history forever.

  • “The Death Strip”

    1. “The Death Strip”

    The East Side Gallery borders what used to be its “death strip,” a highly patrolled area where anyone trying to cross from East to West Berlin was immediately shot.

  • Controversy Over East Side Gallery Restoration

    2. Controversy Over East Side Gallery Restoration

    Since 1990, many murals deteriorated. Restoration, however, has been filled with roadblocks like funding issues and even a lawsuit from artists who felt their work was altered.

  • Avignon Flash Mob

    3. Avignon Flash Mob

    German pop artist Jim Avignon painted over his original painting “Doin’ it cool for the East Side” with a group of art students in 1990—without authorized permission.

  • Development Over Culture

    4. Development Over Culture

    A six-meter gap was put in the East Side Gallery in 2013 to make room for the construction of high rise apartment buildings. Protestors gathered, but the construction went on.

  • East Side Gallery Film

    5. East Side Gallery Film

    “Berlin East Side Gallery” is a 2015 documentary that records the changes since the 2009 restoration in hopes of deterring vandalism and promoting preservation.

Planning Your Visit

  • Enjoy the surroundings

    Located along the Spree river, the area around the gallery is filled with sand-filled beach bars that can make for a relaxing, sunny evening when the weather is in your favor.

  • Visit at off-peak times

    Crowds can be dense; arriving earlier or later in the day is advisable. It’s open 24 hours a day.

  • Kiss your loved-ones at the East Side Gallery Kiss

    One of the most famous murals is entitled “My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love” and sometimes called the “Fraternal Kiss” by Dmitri Vrubel. It is a reproduction of the real event of Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker sharing a socialist fraternal embrace.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The East Side Gallery is open all day, everyday.
  • Is it expensive?
    It's free to walk the Gallery, but tours of the area cost extra.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A guide can certainly make the artwork come to life, with stories about the artists, and life before and after The Wall.
  • How to get there
    Take the S5, S7 or S75 to either Warschauer Str. or Ostbahnhof, or the U1 to Warschauer Str.
  • Additional information

    • Please remain respectful, and do not add your own artwork over an artist's work.

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What people are saying about East Side Gallery

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 3,913 reviews

We really enjoyed our Trabi Safari. It was exciting and great fun. Easy to say as I was not the driver but the back seat driver recording the experience on my phone. Both my husband and son were in their element getting to know the idiosyncrasies of the trabant. Got lots of great video of the art on the Berlin Wall and the sites along the route, along with recording of the two guys negotiating and getting to drive the trabant. Would really recommend the trabant safari. Guide was great as well as the lovely 'mechanic' who explained the workings and showed the engine to us. Thank you.

Miha was terrific, very knowledgeable and friendly. By the end of our time together I felt I had made a friend. His range of experience and knowledge was very broad and touched on nightlife, Berlin history, art, culture, and even religion. A wonderful man. I hope to see him in New York soon!

It's an absolutely fantastic and authentic experience! The tour was also informative and the crackling radio was seen as part of the experience for us. :)

It is worth choosing the premium package. The guided tour is very good and the currywurst is delicious too.

A great evening spent in areas we wouldnt have found on our own.