East Side Gallery#9 in Best Things To Do in Berlin
The East Side Gallery refers to the longest intact section of the Berlin Wall, which stretches nearly a mile. If you want to experience the wall for the first time, this is the place to do it. After the Berlin Wall's fall (say that 10 times fast) in 1989, dozens of international artists congregated here and created paintings depicting the world's joyous and optimistic reactions to the end of the Cold War era.
The wall forms the world's largest open-air gallery, featuring more than 100 murals. Recent visitors said it's an interesting look at history, but suggested going early in the day to avoid crowds.
The gallery is located just off the Warschauer Strasse S-Bahn or U-Bahn stations along the River Spree. The gallery is free to visit 24 hours a day, but private groups tours of up to 35 people can be booked for an additional fee. For more information, visit the gallery's website.
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#1 Topography of Terror
The Topography of Terror (Topographie des Terrors) museum sits on the site of the Gestapo and SS Police's former headquarters during World War II. By walking the grounds and touring the documentation center, travelers can learn about the atrocities committed by those German officers that once worked at this very site.
Other interesting exhibits that detail Berlin between 1933 and 1945 are found on the grounds, including excavated portions of the old building. For a more in-depth look at the museum, you can take the free English-speaking tour, which is offered Sundays at 3:30 p.m. (Most exhibits are listed in German and English.) You'll want to sign up at the reception desk 30 minutes before the tour starts.
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