Our Alternative Berlin Walking Tour ended at Yaam, a short walk away from the East Side Gallery. The East Side Gallery is a must see attraction. There was no way I was going to miss it on our moms trip to Europe. so we decided to take a slight detour on our way to our Hotel.
The East Side Gallery
I love outdoor art galleries. I loved Freak Alley in Boise, and was extremely excited to see the East Side Gallery. There is something about this type of art that really captures the essence of life in the present day. The East Side Gallery is no exception. It is the best example of this. The East Side Gallery took a symbol of oppression and division, and turned it into something beautiful (and free!).
Established in 1990 just after the fall of East Germany, The East Gallery took one of the longest remaining stretches of and turned it into a work of art. As it stands this almost mile-long gallery consists of 105 murals from artists from all over the world painted on the Berlin Wall. These paintings are not just art. They are the love, the emotions, and politics of that moment captured and preserved. Being an open-air gallery the art is subjected to the elements. This caused significant wear to the painting, which adds even more character to the art.
Art is what truly makes Berlin unique, but enough of my yamming, here are some of my favorite pieces in the gallery:
The East Side Gallery is a must see for any tourist in Berlin. Not only is it one of the longest remaining pieces of the Berlin Wall, but this free open-air gallery captures all the emotions of the world at the Berlin Wall’s fall.