Hg2 : The Hedonist

East Side Gallery

One of the most famous tourist attractions in Berlin, the East Side Gallery marks the most dramatic event in Berlin’s modern history when the Wall fell in 1989. While much of it was destroyed or snapped up by entrepreneurial souvenir shops, a large stretch remains intact on the eastern bank of the Spree from Ostbahnhof to the Oberbaumbrücke. The largest open-air gallery in the world at 1,316 metres, it has now been marked as a listed building. After the wall fell, 118 artists from 21 countries were invited to paint murals. Especially famous is The Mortal Kiss by Dimitrij Vrubel, showing Erich Honecker and Leonid Brezhnev kissing. Although inspired by worthy intentions, much of the work is far less impressive than the street art and graffiti for which Berlin is world famous.

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