Berlin Day 2

On our second day in Berlin we planned to do more wall related activities and head back to the art museum that was closed on Monday. In the morning we headed North from our apartment across Golitzer park and across the Spree to the East side gallery. On the way we went past some cool murals in the area between the river and the park. We might head back for some more mural hunting on Thursday. The eastside gallery is the longest section of the wall remaining and is covered in street art. Unfortunately lots of the street art is covered in graffiti also, most of which seems to be left by tourists. There were some cool parts, my favourite being the art work from Pink Floyd’s album “The Wall.” This was of extra interest to me as it was also painted onto the wall of the Year 13 common room at school. After walking the length of the East side Gallery we headed away from the river up to Karl-Marx Allee. This is a wide (90m) street in East Berlin that was built as a show piece by the Soviets. It has large apartment blocks on either side of it which are almost palatial in look. It was called Stalin Allee until a few years after Stalin died and the Soviets used to use it for military parades. We popped into a café which had a small exhibition on the history of the area to learn more. We then got onto the U-bahn and travelled up to the Berlin Wall Memorial. Again we learnt more about the history of the wall, as well as being able to view a reconstructed strip of the full wall system, including inner wall, outer wall, vehicle traps, goose neck lamps, guard towers etc. Having had enough history for the day we grabbed some lunch and then headed back to the Museum fur Gegenwart. The museum is in the old Hamburg Train station, which gives plenty of large space for an art gallery. Our favorite parts were the Andy Warhol paintings, a couple of works by Robert Rauschenberg and an exhibition of wall art. The wall art exhibition was very large taking up a wing of the gallery that must have been around 200m long. Of course the works were also very large seeing as they were on walls. To rest up a bit we went to the Prater beer garden which is the oldest in Berlin. Upon arrival we found it quite empty and seemingly overpriced, so retreated to a neat looking bar that we had passed on the way. After a couple of drinks we headed back home for our standard Berlin meal of mince, carrots, peppers and tomatoes on toast.

Mural North of Golitzer park

Mural North of Golitzer park

Spree Bridge

Spree Bridge

The photo of Erich Honecker and Leonid Brezhnev kissing, depicted as a mural in the East side gallery

The photo of Erich Honecker and Leonid Brezhnev kissing, depicted as a mural in the East side gallery

East Side Gallery - Pink Floyd

East Side Gallery – Pink Floyd

East Side Gallery - Colourful people

East Side Gallery – Colourful people

East Side Gallery - Fall of the wall

East Side Gallery – Fall of the wall

Karl Marx Allee

Karl Marx Allee

Memorial for people who died crossing the wall

Memorial for people who died crossing the wall

Reconstructed section

Reconstructed section

Australian version upside down, with Aboriginal Decorations

Australian version upside down, with Aboriginal Decorations

Wall works

Wall works

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