Art on the Berlin Wall and the history of the East Side Gallery – tours at the East Side Gallery focus on these topics. When were the pictures painted and why? Who was involved and what did the Wall look like before it was painted?
Public overview tours on various topics take place regularly at the East Side Gallery. The tours last around 1 hour and are conducted with audio guides. These tours are free of charge for schoolchildren. Registration is not required.
For groups of 10 or more people, guided tours can be booked for different groups and at an individual date.
History of the East Side Gallery
The East Side Gallery is the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall. While the GDR border already had special features here, the former border elements gained worldwide attention after the fall of the Wall: 118 artists from 21 countries designed the east side of the Berlin Wall with their pictures to create the world's largest open air gallery. The guided tour deals with the history of the GDR border regime, the joy of the fall of the Wall and the artistic appropriation of the former barrier in 1990.
Art at the East Side Gallery
In spring 1990, more than 100 artists from 21 countries created the longest open-air gallery along 1.3 kilometers of the former border. The art project transformed what had once been an instrument of power into a symbol of joy over the end of the GDR. The tour uses select murals to tell the history of the historical site.
Become an Art Expert at the East Side Gallery!
A Family Tour
During this discovery tour, children aged 8 to 12 and their families learn about the history of the Berlin Wall and become experts on the art on the East Side Gallery. They seek answers to questions such as: Why was Berlin divided for 28 years? What happened to the Wall after the border opened? Why was the East Side Gallery created? The children work with the murals’ symbols and stories and are encouraged to develop their own understanding of the art.
- Mühlenstraße 73, 10243 Berlin-Friedrichshain
The meeting point for all tours is the infomobile. It is located on the Spree side of the East Side Gallery, diagonally opposite Tamara-Danz-Strasse.
Our guides are dedicated to the exchange of content along the East Side Gallery: They are on site as live speakers to show interested people the history of the East Side Gallery.
Web-App – Virtual Discovery Tour along the East Side Gallery
Ever since the East Side Gallery celebrated its 30th anniversary, the historic monument can be explored at any time and from any location: On September 27, 2020, the Berlin Wall Foundation released a browser-based tour app that provides a virtual tour with 360° views of the site. The interactive app provides background information, short videos with guides, historical photos, and also presents the podcast series “Feelings for the Future 1990” with East Side Gallery artists.