Saturday, 6 October 2012

East Side Gallery, the largest remaining part of the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall was constructed in 1961 during the cold war, to separate West Berlin from the communist East Germany and East Berlin occupied by the Russians. The Wall was about 160km long. A drama for the people who had relatives on the other side of Berlin. The symbolic fall of the Wall was in 1990 with the unification of East and West Germany. In the next year the Wall was demolished except for a few remaining pieces to remember what happened here. The largest part of the remaining Wall is the East Side Gallery, it is painted with pieces of Art and graffiti. If you want to visit it you can walk from the “Ostbahnhof” to the “Warshauerstrasse”. The East Side Gallery is located at the Mühlenstrasse between the two metro stations. It is well worth it but go there in the late morning or early afternoon when there are more tourists and people passing by. We do not recommend you to go in the evening, it doesn’t look safe.

De Berlijnse Muur werd gebouwd in 1961, gedurende de Koude Oorlog, om West Berlijn af te scheiden van het Communistische Oost Duitsland en Oost Berlijn. In die tijd werd Oost Berlijn bezet door de Russen. De Muur was ongeveer 160km lang. Een drama voor mensen die familie hadden aan de andere kant van Berlijn. De symbolische val van de Muur had plaats in 1990 met de hereniging van Oost en West Duitsland. In het volgende jaar werd de Muur bijna volledig afgebroken. Er blijven slechts enkele stukjes over als herdenkingsmonument behalve de East Side Gallery. Dit stuk van de Muur beschilderd met kunst en graffiti is het groots met zijn 1,2 km lengte. Als je deze wil bezoeken, kan je best wandelen van het “Ostbahnhof” naar de “Warshauerstrasse”. De East Side Gallery is gelegen op de Mühlenstrasse tussen de twee metrostations. Het is een bezoekje waard maar ga tussen 10 en 16 uur wanneer er veel toeristen en voetgangers langskomen. We raden je aan hier ’s avonds weg te blijven, het lijkt ons niet veilig.. 
 
East Side Gallery Berlin

East Side Gallery Berlin

East Side Gallery Berlin

East Side Gallery Berlin

East Side Gallery Berlin

East Side Gallery Berlin

East Side Gallery Berlin

East Side Gallery Berlin

East Side Gallery Berlin

East Side Gallery Berlin

East Side Gallery Berlin

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18 comments:

  1. Marvelous photos from "THe Wall" in Berlin. Have a nice and sunny weekend. Best regards, Synnöve

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  2. De stukjes beschilderde muur op je blog 'spreken', Filip...
    Lie(f)s.

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  3. some very artful images. a piece of history but glad it is down.

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  4. daar zitten echte kunstwerken tussen!

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  5. Love to see your pictures from "the wall" - I feel the rush of history looking at them!

    :-) Dorthe

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  6. Oh my goodness, it looks so different then when I was there. We went in the day, and Check-Point Charlie was still quite in operation, I was too young to understand why my male cousin older then me and other family members were so hesitant to be near it. My father who remained in American while my mother and I were there, warned us not to go through at all to the east side. Because they might not let us go back home again. The wall was not covered in all this vibrant colored art work there, and our photos show it to be very dark and grey....I am happy that we made the stop, as brief as it was.

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  7. Wow...I was in Berlin for one day, saw parts of the wall...but not THIS! East Germany is where most of my family is from, and escaped from before the wall came down. I will definetely be going back for longer, so that I can explore more and find treasures like this.

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  8. Wow, awesome grafitti. I have not been to Berlin but this will be in my bucket list:D Thanks for taking me there virtually.

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  9. Bedankt Filip en Kristel. Niet alleen voor deze mooie fotoreportage, dat stukje geschiedenis erbij maakt het geheel beslist nog interessanter!

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  10. Great art on the remaining wall.
    Many of us lived through the building and the end of the wall!

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  11. Well the artists have sure taken a liking to it! I never knew when it was built, I thought it was right after WW2.

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  12. Mooie beelden van de graffiti kunstwerken! Er zitten knappe staaltjes tussen.

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  13. bedankt voor the Wall-tour! I really enjoyed it...

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  14. Some intriguing images there. Did the wall look like that before unification?

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  15. Leuk om deze muurschilderingen nog te kunnen zien. Groetjes Dietmut

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  16. after being there I recognise the art! I will be posting soon one entry with my pics too:-)))happy time off...

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  17. Its a good idea to keep part of the wall. The paintings are interesting.

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