The Berlin Wall was actually a pair of 12- to 15-foot concrete walls.  The 30 to 100 yard space between the two walls was called the “death strip” and was patrolled by tanks and soldiers to prevent escapes from East Berlin into the West.  In addition to Checkpoint Charlie and the East Side Gallery, the Berlin […]

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 […]

With more than 100, large format works of art painted on a 1,316 meter long portion of the remains of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery is the world’s longest open air gallery.  In addition to Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall Memorial, the East Side Gallery is one of three “must see” sites […]

Once the symbol of the Cold War, starkly separating the East from the West, today Checkpoint Charlie is a nothing more than a tourist attraction. Or as the Independent deemed it, “a tacky tourist trap.” That said, I still feel it is one of three important sites to visit in order to fully experience the […]