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East Side Gallery, Berlin

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To see some truly one-of-a-kind art, take a stroll along East Side Gallery. This 1.3 km (0.8 mi) long stretch of the Berlin Wall is near the center of the city. One of the largest remaining portions of the former border between East and West Germany, this now serves as an international memorial of freedom. You'll see that the remains of the wall are painted with provocative and thought-provoking murals, political and otherwise. This open-air art gallery is a work in progress, so you'll find that creative local artists constantly add new images. Stop by to have your picture taken in front of a living piece of history. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to East Side Gallery and many more Berlin attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Berlin travel route builder site .
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  • Obligatory passage on a visit to Berlin. This kilometre to better understand the history of Europe. It also allows to discover another part of Berlin.
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  • It is perhaps the main attraction of the city to the historical significance it represents. It is an open air museum which recalls the cold war. To visit delving into what was the context in which it was built. For the younger generation, not to forget the past and use it to build a better future.
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  • A place whose number of graphs are watching with the idea that some hitters came to deliver a political message in the aftermath of the fall of the wall. Nice free to ride
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  • This is the longest remaining part of the Berlin Wall, and you can walk along the 1300 meter it covers. Once a sign of repression, this segment of the wall now has become an art exhibition for graffiti. Some of the drawings are amazing and I enjoyed looking at every segment as I walked. I wish there was more information available about the artists though. It's easy to get here by the underground but there really isn't much to do here besides looking at the wall. It isn't a particularly interesting area of Berlin, except for the large Mercedes showroom on the other side which I enjoyed. All in all, definitely worth a visit if you are in Berlin and interested in the history of the wall.
  • The East Side Gallery is one of the last bits of Berlin Wall that is still intact. 1300 metres to be exact. This 1300 meter piece of wall has been used as object for graffiti art. While one side of the wall features famous artwork, the other side features some information about the Berlin Wall and more. The neighbourhood around the wall isn't that interesting but the wall itself should be interesting enough. I walked next to the wall and was mostly focused on the artwork, some of it very interesting and some of it less interesting. Be aware that taking a picture of a bit of wall might be a bit difficult, as it's usually somewhat crowded. The East side gallery is easy to reach. I was able to walk from one to the other metro station via the East Side Gallery.
  • The longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall has become a Mecca for some truly excellent artwork. There is a metro stop nearby so it’s easily accessible and there are also restaurants and bars in the area for you to stop for a spot of lunch. Be warned that some pieces of art are much more famous than others, so there will be large crowds around particular areas of the wall - don’t let this put you off though, as the crowds soon pass once they’ve taken their pictures, and the entire wall features some fantastic art that is well worth seeing.
  • Excellent place to see real creation of high class artists. Take a stroll of this kilometers spread wall and reveal the gem's creation. PS: Beware of some gamblers playing some crazy games- don't even think of putting your money, winners are per-selected, you lose every single time.
  • Definitely worth the walk if you are nearby, but beware it is very busy and can be very hard to take photos of the art, especially the more famous works such as the kiss. A lot of the art is fairly trivial too, but it isn't too long. It's really easy to get to on public transport, but I can't speak for cars.

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Where to stay in Berlin

The Kreuzberg neighborhood near the Oberbaumbrüke bridge is central and full of Berlin icons: street art, a piece of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery, and a proliferation of cafes. Friedrichshain is another option with a hip vibe due to the students who congregate at its cafes and galleries. Consider Mitte as a historic home base. Mitte is the area where almost all of Berlin's well-known buildings are located, and it is within walking distance of Alexanderplatz. For a peaceful residential area, try Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf where the streets are lined with boutiques and quiet coffee shops.
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