There are significant moments in history when it happened we are either too young to understand or too young to remember, but the image of people climbing a wall, tearing it down with so much satisfaction and eagerness will always be embedded in my mind as a child as I watched the clips of the event in our family living room with our small, grainy yet reliable CRT TV.
A barrier constructed by the German Democratic Republic (GDR) that separates East Germany from the West, the Berlin Wall represented the inner conflicts of Germany as it struggles to rebuilt as a nation after the end of World War II. A country divided by a 3.6 meters height concrete wall, the wall that symbolizes the Cold War- two types of government, two types of ideology and two types of existence.
Twenty-five years has passed since the fall of the wall and the Berlin Wall nowadays represent more than just history of once divided nation, it is now recognized as an international symbol of freedom and peace .
There are ways to see the remaining parts of the wall in the city, with some tour operators offering cycling tour to see majority of what remains of the actual divide but for independent travelers the best way to see the wall is to head to both the Berlin Wall Memorial and Documentation Center at Bernauer Straße and the East Side Gallery at Friedrichshain.
From Nordbahnhof train station, the Berlin Wall Memorial is just a few meters away and the best way to see the wall apart from walking along its path while touching the remaining wall is to head to the viewing platform at the Documentation Center for a perspective look of the remaining 70 meters segment known as the “death strip”, where GDR guards shot anyone attempting to cross the wall.
Considered as an open art gallery, the paintings were created by 118 artists from 21 different countries started right after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Unfortunately, some of the original works are either damaged or vandalized.
I don’t understand why some visitors chosen to inscribed the walls with their names or some non-sense messages, maybe it will be much more cooler if visitors will just learn to appreciate what East Side Gallery is all about.