Monday, 8 February 2016

Things to Do in Berlin | East Side Gallery

Without a doubt, the East Side Gallery has to be one of the top places to visit in Berlin. This 1.3km open air gallery is the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall that is dedicated to murals about freedom and love created by international artists. It was amazing to leisurely stroll along the wall when we visited in December. Each and every panel differed from each other and really evoked the sentiments of the separation of East and West as well as the time after the Berlin Wall was demolished. Unfortunately, due to vandalism many artworks, especially iconic murals like My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love by Dmitri Vrubel, were barricaded by metal fences which proved to be a distraction from the artwork it was protecting. Nonetheless, it was an amazing and memorable visit. The closest station to the East Side Gallery is Warschauer Strasse, from there you'll have to walk towards the Spree River, it's not hard to find, given that you've turned left when exiting the station. Although there are hardly any signs, the East Side Gallery is a major tourist spot so you'll generally see groups of people milling about, making it easy to find. The wall ends conveniently in front of the main station Ostbahnhof, making the East Side Gallery easily accessible. You could also walk along the gallery the other way, starting from Ostbahnhof and towards Warschauer Strasse.