Weekly Postcard: East Side Gallery, Berlin

Weekly Postcard / Photo Friday: a weekly post with a picture that I love, of a place that is worth highlighting.

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Weekly Postcard: East Side Gallery, Berlin.

The East Side Gallery in Berlin is an international memorial for freedom. It’s a stretch of over 1 km (almost 1 mile) of Berlin Wall and it consists of 105 commissioned paintings by artists from all over the world. The featured photo (above) shows the famous “My God, help me survive this deadly love”-painting, showing Brezhnev and Honecker kissing.

It is still a strange feeling to be walking past, and touching, the East side of the Berlin Wall. Not too long ago (28 years ago) we would be standing in the death strip, the area between the wall and a second fence on the eastern side with no cover, loose sand to see footsteps and watch towers in which soldiers had the order to shoot anybody walking in the death strip.

How to get there 

Take the public transport to Ostbahnhof. In front of the Ostbahnhof is one end of the East Side Gallery. If you follow it to the other end you can then hop on the U-bahn or S-bahn at the Warschauer Strasse station (about 500m from the other end of the East Side Gallery).

What to do

Follow the wall. Look at the paintings, most of them have to do with freedom. Touch them. Feel. Take your time. Enjoy your freedom.

-Irina

No rights can be derived from this post. I did my utmost best to ensure that prices and times are correct, yet errors happen and prices change.

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