East Side Gallery
One of only a handful of standing sections of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery is by far the longest and certainly the most interesting. Winding its way along the Spree River between Ostbahnhof and the Oberbaumbrücke is nearly a mile of the Cold War partition, where 100-odd panels were painted in 1989 and 1990 by international artists. Many of the works are politically inspired—like Dimitrij Vrubel’s famous depiction of former East German party leader Erich Honecker locked in a kiss with Leonid Brezhnev. Despite restoration efforts in 2000, less than half of the wall is in good condition; the rest is fading into peeling paint and graffiti. Seeing this extraordinary open-air gallery, though—itself a testament to the power of ideology and the joy of liberation—is an absolute must.