9th November 2012 marked the 23rd anniversay of the fall of Berlin Wall separating the East and West Germany. On my travel to Berlin, I visited one of the remaining stretches of Berlin Wall near Ostbahnhof in Friedrichshain area. It was then called the East Side Gallery, an open air art gallery featuring 105 paintings by artists from all over the world, painted in 1990 on the east side of the Berlin Wall.
Unfortunately, when I was there a year ago, most of the arts painted in the 1990′s were damaged and then repainted. Below are some of the images and paintings along the wall of East Side Gallery.
Located at the beginning of the 1.3km long Berlin Wall remains is a souvenir shops selling all types of souvenir commemorating the fall of the wall in 1989.
The wall was constructed in line with the River Spree.
Some of the wall structure debris saved from the wall demolition in 1990 were on sale here, as a souvenir.
Is that a “Please do not… any photograph” sign there? I didn’t read that when I took the photo. Oops!
Graffiti has spoiled many parts of the original gallery which were then repainted by other artists like the one shown below.
All those paintings were at the East side of the wall.
This is the West side of the wall, which is less attractive. This stretch of Berlin Wall remains was repainted with white paint.
The West side of the painted wall was covered with graffiti.
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Berlin Wall remains is one of the ‘must-visit’ travel sites in Berlin. It represents the historical boundary of East and West Germany which differentiate the culture, architecture and development between the two. You will notice buildings at one side are different to the other side in terms of architecture. Because of the effort of German government to develop the East Berlin after the reunification, more modern and contemporary structures are seen on the East side of the wall.
Try looking up the history of Berlin Wall and you will appreciate more on what you see on your travel to Berlin. – Travel Feeder, your ultimate travel photo blog
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