Berlin: East Side Gallery
The East Side Gallery is a section of the Berlin Wall that has been painted by muralists. This particular stretch of the wall lasts for over a mile. We started at one end, and walked the length of the gallery. About 3/4 of the way through, there’s a break in the wall where you can cross over to see the Spree River. In early March when I went, there were chunks of frozen ice on the top layer of the river, which was really pretty.
This was one of my favorite parts of Berlin. Each of the murals were really unique, and I appreciated the message and tone that the collective gallery presented. Berlin was at the very heart of many oppressive, terrible events. However, it is evident that the city is determined to both remember the history, so that it is not repeated, while transforming some of the gruesome elements into happier expressions of change for the future.
Here’s a bunch of snaps of some of my favorite panels. They’re by a lot of varied artists, I tried to get the signature in each of the images to give proper credit.