Berlin Wall, In German Berliner Mauer, constructed by the German Democratic Republic. It was officially referred to as the “Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart” and in international public opinion it was called the Wall of Shame. But now it is one of the most famous art galleries around the world, called the East Side Gallery.
Unfortunately the Berlin Wall is known to separate the two Germanys, the Federal Republic (FRG) and German Democratic Republic (GDR). The Wall remained from August 1961 until its fall on November 9, 1989. Its area was 115 miles and was responsible for many of the deaths that occurred in those years.
Currently, there is only a small part of it left. The best known is the East Side Gallery, which has become a canvas of protest from different artists from Berlin and other cities. It has become a street museum, completely free and with a large number of daily visitors. They not only the entire 1316 meters length ranging from Ostbahnhof to Warschauer Straße is persevered, but also the district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg.
It is one of the largest art galleries in the world with a total of 103 murals which celebrate freedom, hope and peace. Among the works we can find the most famous and popular murals, like the kiss between Brezhnev and Honecker Dimitri Vrubel. It is one of the places of worship in Berlin and essential in order to know about the history of a city and the country.
In recent years, the East Side Gallery has been threatened by a real estate project, which aims to build luxury apartments where the wall now stands. This would lead in to the movement of this entire gallery to another place in town in order to get an economic benefit.
If you want to visit the East Side Gallery, you should go to Mühlenstraße and take lines S3, S5 or S7 and get off at Warschauer Straße stop, where you will find the beginning of the gallery. The other option is the U1 subway, stopping at Schlesisches Tor and after you cross the bridge you will find Oberbaumbrucke on the left side.