The one thing I had always planned to do in Berlin was visit the East Side Gallery – and I got to tick it off the list!
Although most of the Berlin Wall was demolished after the fall in 1989, there are still many sites intact around the city, such as the 80m site along the Topography of Terror Museum. The most notable section remaining of the Berlin Wall is the East Side Gallery on Mühlenstraße, which is renowned for its historic and artistic flare.
The East Side Gallery is the largest open-air gallery in the world, decorated by over 100 paintings from artists around the globe. Each painting on the wall has it’s own meaning, and many hidden messages throughout.
We were fortunate enough to avoid huge crowds, despite it being peak season. We managed to walk a significant amount of the wall in our timeframe, but we did not complete the walk – instead we ended up driving the entire 1.3km length of the wall.
Despite the fact that the wall has been covered in graffiti over the past two decades, its creativity still shines through and it was a great place to take a stroll in Berlin.
Travel Tip: You may find ‘soldiers’ offering souvenir photos and passport stamps for a gold coin donation – steer away from getting one of those stamps as it can actually invalidate your passport!