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 Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)
Inspired by the Acropolis entrance in Athens, the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate) is one of the most-photographed sites in Berlin. Located in Pariser Platz, one of the city's most famous squares, the Brandenburg Gate was built for King Frederick Wilhelm II starting in 1788.
Since then, it's been the backdrop of much of the city's history, including Napoleonic invasions and Nazi parades. During the Cold War, the structure sat in "no man's land" between East and West Berlin. Visitors to the monument say it's now a must-see symbol that represents Germany unity.
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