Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour with Optional Cruise
- Duration options: 2 - 3 days
- Optional audio guide
From US$ 33.80
The East Side Gallery is the longest remaining strip of The Berlin Wall and the longest outdoor gallery in the world. Immediately after the fall of the “iron curtain,” 118 artists from 21 different countries reinterpreted East Side Gallery history forever.
The East Side Gallery borders what used to be its “death strip,” a highly patrolled area where anyone trying to cross from East to West Berlin was immediately shot.
Since 1990, many murals deteriorated. Restoration, however, has been filled with roadblocks like funding issues and even a lawsuit from artists who felt their work was altered.
German pop artist Jim Avignon painted over his original painting “Doin’ it cool for the East Side” with a group of art students in 1990—without authorized permission.
A six-meter gap was put in the East Side Gallery in 2013 to make room for the construction of high rise apartment buildings. Protestors gathered, but the construction went on.
“Berlin East Side Gallery” is a 2015 documentary that records the changes since the 2009 restoration in hopes of deterring vandalism and promoting preservation.
Located along the Spree river, the area around the gallery is filled with sand-filled beach bars that can make for a relaxing, sunny evening when the weather is in your favor.
Crowds can be dense; arriving earlier or later in the day is advisable. It’s open 24 hours a day.
One of the most famous murals is entitled “My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love” and sometimes called the “Fraternal Kiss” by Dmitri Vrubel. It is a reproduction of the real event of Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker sharing a socialist fraternal embrace.
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My grandfather owned a Trabi and I’ve always been fascinated with the DDR history, thus I found this experience truly fantastic! I enjoy every single moment driving the Trabi!
We had the absolute best time on this tour! The guide is very informative on the art in the area and as a bonus we got great family pictures! Thanks again Tatiana.
Great way to drive around Berlin, driving a Trabi is fun :-), you'll be on lots of pictures while driving this car.
The guide Dominic ( Dom) was great - the stories were super interesting- like going through a movie
This is absolutely the most fun way to see Berlin! So fun!