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East Side Gallery The Wall is about 0.62 miles long at the Mühlenstrasse and that is the longest preserved part in Berlin. On the East Berlin's side the Wall was painted white, a small barrier prevented to come too close to or to touch the Wall. Whereas on the West Berlin's side the Wall was used as a good object for painting the East Berlin's side was grey and white.

After the collapse of East Germany artists painted the Wall at Mühlenstrasse and it was a wonderful gallery with different paintings, created by artist from all over the world.

Today many of the paintings are disintegrated, overpainted with grafitti and overwritten with signatures by tourists.
In summer of 2000 several paintings of the East Side Gallery were re-created.

Meanwhile allmost all of the paintings are badly damaged by erosion, graffiti, and wallpeckers. In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the "Fall of the Wall" the East Side Gallery will be restored until November 2009.
The restoration begins in 2009 and costs about one million Euro.
  
Location

Mühlenstr.
S-Bahn: S3, S5, S7, S9 Ostbahnhof or Warschauer Str.
U-Bahn: U1, U15 Warschauer Str.
  
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Photographs East Side Gallery
  
External links

Artists Initiative East Side Gallery e.V.
Art lovers race to save Berlin Wall's East Side Gallery - CNN
Thierry Noir - on of the first Berlin Wall painters
Birgit Kinder - painter of the Trabant picture
Photographs by Dirk Pohl
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