East Side Gallery
Most of the Berlin Wall was knocked down in 1989. One of the parts that was preserved is a 1.3 km stretch that was transformed into the East Side Gallery, the longest open-air art gallery in the world.
The longest expanse of the Berlin Wall that remains standing in the capital of Germany is 1316 meters-long and was converted into the East Side Gallery. It is now the world’s longest open-air art gallery.
The whole wall, situated near the city center, is covered by approximately one hundred graffities from artists from different nationalities. These have left their testimony of a great historical event, most of the paintings demonstrating a moment of extreme happiness and opportunity.
Through their works of art, the artists pay tribute to this international memorial for freedom.
Some of the graffiti paintings are extremely striking, but the most-renowned are the “My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love” that depicts the Soviet politician Leonid Brezhnev kissing the leader of the GDR Erich Honecker. And “Berlin Wall Trabant” that shows a Trabant, the typical East German car crashing through the wall.
A special place
Berlin is a city that never forgets its recent past. The remaining stretches of wall are now a lasting part of Berlin and the East Side Gallery is one of the most memorable landmarks in Berlin. A definite must-see.
Alexanderplatz (2.8 km) TV Tower (2.9 km) DDR Museum in Berlin (3.2 km) Jewish Museum Berlin (3.2 km) Berlin Cathedral (3.2 km)