Walking Around The Wall
After all the China posts, we move on – this post is about a different wall. In commemoration of the Berlin Wall’s 50th year, Two Vacations A Year drops in the German capital to provide mini-itineraries and things to do on a short trip. I was in Berlin for a weekend only, and was fully aware that the city is one of the most electric parts of Europe that I will not be able to give it justice if I try to fit in everything on a short trip. Top 3 priorities for my Berlin visit: avant-garde architecture, all-night parties, and a trip to the Berlin Wall.
Whilst pieces of the wall remain scattered around the city, I’d recommend heading over to east side Berlin to view a 1.3 km remnant of the wall that was transformed into one of the world’s largest open-air art gallery. The East Side Gallery features a collection of murals from over 100 artists painted on the wall. They represent a varied set of perspective to reflect the sentiments from the Berlin Wall era, from construction, to operation, and finally its dismantling.
Not only wall-related graffiti can be seen, but other political themes during the 60s are on display as well. Including the popular Bruderkruss, from the popular photograph communist leaders Brezhnev and Honecker kissing to celebrate the 30 years of the German Democratic Republic.
The people of Berlin have requested to respect the murals, its 2009 restoration was not only to renew the artworks from damage caused by the elements, but also from rampant vandalism.
End your trip by heading out to Karl Marx Allee, a couple of blocks east of Muhlenstrasse to see what the proletariat buildings from Communist Germany look like. Wide avenues, with quiet traffic, and a more tempered atmosphere for Berlin. More blast from the past? Take a ride at their subway, its architecture and detailing mirror the styles of the buildings that surround it.