Graffiti Art on the Berlin Wall at East Side Gallery

Graffiti Art on the Berlin Wall at East Side Gallery

The East Side Gallery is the best place to see the remnants of the Berlin Wall and a must-see for any visitor to Berlin. At 1.3 km long, or just under a mile long, it’s the world’s longest open-air gallery and the largest remaining section of what was once the Berlin Wall. Today, this open-air art gallery is one of the most photographed sights in Berlin.

After the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989, 118 International artists from 21 countries began painting graffiti art on the Berlin Wall and on 28 September 1990, the East Side Gallery was officially opened as an open-air gallery. The paintings and murals reflect the political events of the time, not just in Germany but for the whole world. Only one year later, it was awarded protected memorial status.

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Two Men Kissing Berlin Wall, Fraternal Kiss aka "My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love" by Dmitri Vrubel

“My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love” Dmitri Vrubel’s Berlin Wall graffiti depicting Hönecker and Brezhnev’s Kissing

One of the East Side Gallery’s most iconic paintings is Dmitri Vrubel’s depicting Hönecker and Brezhnev’s kiss – apparently a Soviet sign of great respect, and it was based on an actual photograph. Appropriately the name of the kiss photo is, “My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love.”

Many of the paintings were restored in 2009. Today, some of the paintings are eroding, not surprising considering Berlin’s weather, and many have been ‘decorated’ with graffiti, but no trip to Berlin would be complete without a visit to the East Side Gallery.

“Get Human” Graffiti Art on the Berlin Wall

How to get to the East Side Gallery

Take the train to Ostbahnhof or Warshauer Strasse, and it’s a short walk, just follow the signs

East Side Gallery Opening Hours and Entrance Fees

It’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and it’s free to visit

faces on berlin wall east side gallery

“It’s Happened in November” by Kani Alavi

This mural, ‘Der Mauerspringer’, meaning the wall jumper, by Gabriel Heimler, at the East Side Gallery Berlin

“The Wall Jumper” depicts a West German jumping over to the East as a symbolic gesture of freedom.

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