SWISSbuckling to Europe Pt XXIV – East Side Gallery

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East Side Gallery

The East Side Gallery is a 1.3km-long section of Berlin Wall with 105 paintings by artists from all over the world as a memorial to the fall of Berlin Wall. The nearest section was also a 10-minute walk from our accommodation and we decided to visit it while waiting for our laundry to dry.

We decided to go to the furthest section first and took S-bahn to Ostbahnhof, one stop away. It took quite some time to figure out where exactly East Side Gallery starts.

This wasn’t East Side Gallery; just random street art

This wasn’t East Side Gallery; just random street art

This wasn’t East Side Gallery; just random street art

Best of East Side Gallery:-

East Side Gallery

East Side Gallery

East Side Gallery

East Side Gallery

East Side Gallery

East Side Gallery

East Side Gallery

East Side Gallery

East Side Gallery

East Side Gallery

East Side Gallery

Of course not forgetting…

Deadly Love

The sad thing was that there were many vandalism on the paintings. There were two names who kept appearing on dozens of the paintings: Dominic Khoo and Marc Neo. I wasn’t sure if they were sabotaged but if they did it on purpose it really made me feel ashamed of being from Singapore.

Prominent names

Dominic Khoo SG and Marc Neo SG

There was a break in the wall somewhere in the middle and there was a photo exhibition on the reverse side.

Wall on Wall

Since the fall of Berlin Wall, more walls (US-Mexico, Israel-Palestine, etc) had been erected than being torn down and many (Cyprus) still remained.

West Bank

Point to ponder

There was a gift shop near the Deadly Love painting and the sign passport stamping attracted us.

Gift shop

Gift shop entrance

We decided to get our passports stamped with the DDR stamp (dated 9 November) for €1 each.

However, after stamping, I tried to pay using a €50 note but the owner didn’t have any change. We got the stamps for free instead. What a good start to the day!

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