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East Side Gallery

Visit this monument along the Spree River to see more than 100 murals celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall and Berlin’s reunification.

The East Side Gallery is a memorial to Berlin’s reunification in 1990 and the fall of the Berlin Wall. The monument to Berlin’s freedom is a 0.8-mile (1.3-kilometer) stretch of the old Berlin Wall that was covered in colorful murals in 1990. Stroll along one of the world’s longest open-air galleries to experience the heartfelt and historical paintings.

Begin your walk along the East Side Gallery at Oberbaumbrücke (Oberbaum Bridge), the landmark bridge that crosses the Spree River and connects the Kreuzberg district to Friedrichshain. The East Side Gallery runs along the Friedrichshain side of the Spree, the border of former East Berlin, and transforms the memory of the Berlin Wall into a symbol of hope and freedom. The murals span the wall from Oberbaumbrücke to Ostbahnhof, a major train station.

Walk beside the long stretch of wall, which measures 12 feet (3.6 meters). Admire 105 paintings by artists from around the world. The first murals were painted in 1990, shortly after reunification. The murals champion freedom and depict a sense of hopefulness and euphoria for the future. Some images are satirical and some commemorative, but all are designed to be thought provoking.

In 2009, 100 of the original paintings were given a makeover when the artists repainted them.

The East Side Gallery is located on the Friedrichshain side of the Spree. Visit the gallery any day for free. The two ends of the wall are accessible by Berlin’s U-Bahn and S-Bahn network, as well as by bus, bicycle and on foot. 

Enjoy scenic views of the Spree from along the waterfront and the historic Oberbaumbrücke (Overbaum Bridge). The area around the East Side Gallery features some of Berlin’s biggest nightclubs and remains busy throughout the day and night on weekends.


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MEININGER Hotel Berlin East Side Gallery £40
MEININGER Hotel Berlin East Side Gallery

MEININGER Hotel Berlin East Side Gallery

Am Postbahnhof 4, Berlin
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Friedrichshain, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mercedes-Benz Arena and East Side Gallery. Berlin TV Tower and Friedrichstrasse are also within 3 miles (5 km). Berlin East S-Bahn and Berlin Ost Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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    Eastern & Western Comfort Hostelboat

    Eastern & Western Comfort Hostelboat

    73 Mühlenstraße, Berlin
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Friedrichshain, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Mercedes-Benz Arena and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Berlin TV Tower. Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz are also within 6 mi (10 km). Warschauer Strasse U-Bahn is 7 minutes by foot and Schlesisches Tor U-Bahn is 8 minutes.

      East-Side Hotel Berlin
      East-Side Hotel Berlin

      East-Side Hotel Berlin

      Mühlenstrasse 6, Berlin, BE
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Friedrichshain, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of East Side Gallery and Mercedes-Benz Arena. Berlin TV Tower and Friedrichstrasse are also within 3 miles (5 km). Warschauer Strasse U-Bahn is 5 minutes by foot and Warschauer Straße Station is 7 minutes.

        Hampton by Hilton Berlin City East Side Gallery £81
        Hampton by Hilton Berlin City East Side Gallery

        Hampton by Hilton Berlin City East Side Gallery

        Mildred-Harnack-Strasse 15, Berlin, Berlin
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Friedrichshain, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of East Side Gallery and Mercedes-Benz Arena. Alexanderplatz and Berlin TV Tower are also within 3 miles (5 km). Warschauer Strasse U-Bahn is 10 minutes by foot and Berlin East S-Bahn is 9 minutes.

          Hotel Indigo Berlin - East Side Gallery £83
          Hotel Indigo Berlin - East Side Gallery

          Hotel Indigo Berlin - East Side Gallery

          Muehlenstrasse 13-19, Berlin
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Friedrichshain, this hotel is steps away from Mercedes-Benz Arena and East Side Gallery. Berlin TV Tower and Friedrichstrasse are also within 3 miles (5 km). Warschauer Strasse U-Bahn is 7 minutes by foot and Warschauer Straße Station is 8 minutes.

            Holiday Inn Berlin - City East Side £71
            Holiday Inn Berlin - City East Side

            Holiday Inn Berlin - City East Side

            Wanda-Kallenbach Str., Berlin, BE
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Friedrichshain, this hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Badeschiff. Warschauer Strasse U-Bahn is 5 minutes by foot and Warschauer Straße Station is 6 minutes.

              The Kater £59
              The Kater

              The Kater

              Warschauer Straße 46/47, Berlin
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Friedrichshain, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Oberbaum Bridge and East Side Gallery. Mercedes-Benz Arena and Alexanderplatz are also within 3 miles (5 km). Warschauer Strasse U-Bahn and Warschauer Straße Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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                Oberbaum CityApartments

                Warschauer Straße, 46, Berlin
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Friedrichshain, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Oberbaum Bridge and East Side Gallery. Mercedes-Benz Arena and Berlin TV Tower are also within 3 miles (5 km). Warschauer Strasse U-Bahn and Warschauer Straße Station are within a 5-minute walk.