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Can't live without travels! Wherever she goes she always looks for alternative spots or street art. A huge fan of Central Europe and off the beaten path places and a living proof that you can balance full time job and extensive travel!

Berlin streetart: East Side Gallery

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Everyone knows the history of Berlin. The city is a symbol of how the world was parted back in the Cold War times, with the Wall dividing the city into Russian and Western sectors. Lots of books were written about it, lots of movies were made (my all time fave one is Sonnenallee – check it out if you haven’t seen it yet!), lots of stories were told. Even if it’s been 24 years since the Wall collapsed its remains are still widely seen in the city – there’s a line on the pavement going through the city, showing where exactly the Wall stood, in every souvenir shop there are „original” stones from the Wall to be bought, parts of the Wall still stand in random places of the city (such as Potsdamerplatz).

But there is one special place in East Berlin that can be found on Muehlenstrasse, between station Ostbahnhof and Warschauer Strasse, and that’s East Side Gallery.  This 1,3 kms long section of the Berlin Wall was turned into the art gallery back in 1990 and is known as the biggest open air gallery in the world and the monument of freedom. There are 105 paintings made by the artists from all over the world, the most famous one being the kiss of Brezhnev and Honecker. But every single piece that is painted there tells an interesting and unique story and I can spend at least an hour walking slowly along the Wall and admiring all the work that is done there.

Sadly a lot of the paintings are destroyed by the random graffiti. Some parts of the Gallery were recently removed too to give the way to the newly build luxury apartments… But I truly hope and believe that this place will stay there as long as possible as a great example of the meaningful street art and the warning for future generations what the politic can do to the life of random people…

What do you think of such initiatives? Have you been to Berlin and seen the remains of the Wall?


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11 Mar '13

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