With more than 100 works of art painted on a 0.8 mile stretch of the remains of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery is the world’s longest open air gallery. Each piece depicts the struggle to break free of the Iron Curtain or celebrates the excitement of ultimately achieving that reality. It is a beacon of hope in a world where other walls still stand.
In addition to Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall Memorial, the East Side Gallery is one of three “must see” sites to fully experience the Berlin Wall in a reunified Germany. As hard as it was not to photograph every section of the wall, it is even harder not to share every photograph I took. Here are three of my favorite sections of the East Side Gallery.
What do you think? Do you have a favorite below?
East Side Gallery Photo #1. I love the story this tells, but I hate that it — like nearly every work of art at the East Side Gallery — has been defaced by graffiti.
East Side Gallery Photo #2. I love the Trabi bursting through the Berlin Wall in this work of art!
East Side Gallery Photo #3. This work with Leonid Brezhnev, the leader of the Soviet Union from 1964 to 1982, and Erich Honecker, the leader of East Germany from 1971 until the fall of the Berlin Wall, kissing is one of the more photographed sections of the East Side Gallery. The Russian words at the top and bottom of the work say, “God! Help me stay alive…among this deadly love.”