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The Berlin Wall Eastside Gallery – Photo Essay

If you hate waiting in long queues to get into over-priced galleries and museums, then you’re in luck. In Berlin you get a free outdoor gallery along with a big chunk of 20th Century history, all for free.

The Berlin Wall East Side Gallery is a 1.3km-long section of the wall running along the Mühlenstrasse and the bank of the river Spree in former East Berlin. With more than 100 paintings by artists from all over the world, the memorial for freedom is apparently the largest open-air gallery in the world.

The gallery is close to the Ostbahnhof S-Bahn station on the west side and the Warschauer Straße S+U-Bahn station on the east side. Walk over Oberbaumbrücke, arguably the most beautiful bridge in Berlin and the only connection between Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. Once you’re over the river, take a left and you’ll find the wall right in front of you.

See below for some mural highlights:

Berlin Bridge over river to Berlin Wall Gallery

Berlin Wall Old World War Van

Berlin Wall checkpoint charlie mural

Berlin Wall gallery psychedelic mural

Berlin Wall World leaders Kiss Mural

Every panel of the 1.3km was painted by a different artist in 1991, but after years of decay many of the works were later restored.

Berlin Wall store and mural

Berlin Wall gallery smoker mural

Berlin Wall Gallery Car Mural

Berlin Wall gallery Gorbachev Mural

Berlin Wall gallery chain Mural

The gallery is a fantastic reminder of what the city has been through and it should definitely be on your to-do list. You’ll love the stroll and I bet you’ll walk away with hundreds of photos.

 

MoMa for Modern Art Lovers

If you love modern art, you need to visit the museum that has the world’s best collection of modern and contemporary art. Opened in 1929, their ever-growing collection has almost 200 000 pieces of work.

MoMa Gallery Cafe New York

Housed in a beautiful, tranquil space in mid-town Manhattan, I recommend spending a few hours admiring the incredible collection, then have lunch on the outdoor terrace before buying a few souvenirs and gifts at the funky store on your way out.

Here’s a small snapshot of some of the masterpieces you’ll find displayed over a few floors:

Moma Gallery New York Art Works Chagall

Moma Gallery New York Art Works

MoMa Gallery New York Dali Art Work

MoMa Gallery New York van Gogh art

MoMa Gallery New York Picasso

MoMa New York Frida Khalo ArtMoMa New York Salvador Dali Art

MoMa Gallery New York Kandinsky Art