The East Side Gallery is one of Berlin’s most historic landmarks that has also been turned into an artistic landmark. The gallery is located on Muehlenstrasse and is accessible from both Warschauer Strasse and Ostbanhoff. The 1.3 kilometer part of the Berlin Wall is the longest part that is still largely intact. The East Side Gallery is visited at all times of the day and night by visitors, locals, and people spilling out of the nearby clubs, such as Berghain or Watergate. Across the road sits Berlin’s largest arena, the Mercedes Benz Arena, which is used for many events in the city ranging from ice hockey to sold out concerts.
Contrary to popular belief, there was not just one single wall built up when Berlin was divided, but many obstacles and multiple walls were constructed. This part of the wall was built in 1975 and is the most commonly known structure of the wall. The 3.6-meter high barrier was known as the Grenzmauer 75 and lasted 14 years before its ultimate destruction. The Mauer museum located in Prenzlauerberg is another outdoor free exhibit that provides more information about the Berlin Wall and shows what it looked like during former times. 118 artists created the 101 murals along the wall from 21 countries. During the years that the Berlin Wall was erected, graffiti covered the West side of the wall, but the East was bare, due to its inaccessibility. This adds more significance to the East Side Gallery, which has murals strictly on the east side, something that was never possible before.