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

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This guided tour was by far the best I have ever experienced. The weather was good, bikes were fine, but the guide, Vincent…. He is simply extraordinary! His wide knowledge and his ability to tell the “other” stories of the city spiced up with his personal commitment is something you should allow yourself to experience.

Amazing! This trip was so cool - introduced new angles and new neighborhoods. Björn was the perfect guide, fluently English and sharing stories is his life in Berlin.

Fantastic Tour. Our (Australian!) guide Ernestine was very passionate about German history and super knowledgeable. She really brought the history to life.

Went with a group of my friends for a birthday and we found it very awesome. It also showed the beautiful parts of the city.

Amazing boat, new and everywhere very clean, the traject was also very nice ! We loved it!