For 28 years, the Berlin wall divided one of the most vibrant capital cities in all of Europe. East separated from West. Family members siloed behind a massive concrete wall. The symbol of the iron curtain that resulted as an entire city became the focal subject of a global tug-of-war ensuing between its’ two superpower occupiers.
In 1989, a series of rapid political changes led to the East German Government approving the free flow of its citizens across the wall and by 1990, the symbol of oppression and division was formally torn down. Today, there are still reminders of the wall across the city. A line marks where the wall once ran, stretches of no-man’s land are still visible, and certain iconic stretches of the wall are still visible.
But the best place to see the wall today is at the East Side Gallery, located near Berlin’s Ostbahnhof (Eastern Train Station). After the fall of the wall, artists from all over the world flocked to Berlin to take advantage of the new available concrete canvas with the goal of turning the sterile wall into a piece of art. Today, more than 100 paintings grace the East Side Gallery, the longest and largest intact stretch of the Berlin Wall. I’m sharing some of my favorite in today’s photo essay.
Berlin’s East Side Gallery in Photos
Do you have a favorite East Side Gallery Image?