Guide to berlin street art

BEST WAYS TO SEE BERLIN STREET ART

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When you think the coolest street art hot spots around the world, Berlin is up there. So we were pretty excited to check out the Berlin street art scene as soon as we arrived here. If you only have a few days here and want to make the most of it, here are the best ways to see Berlin street art….

 

Best Ways to See Berlin Street Art

 

After Googling where to go, the first thing we noticed was that the street art here is spread out all over the city. And Berlin is a BIG city! After asking our mates the best way to get around and see it, there were two main responses. 1) Do an Alternative Berlin Tour and 2) Hire a Bike.

 

We’re travelling with our mate Louis at the moment, who is a typical broke backpacker wanting to see the world for free. (He won’t mind us saying that!) With this in mind, it made sense to do one of the free alternative tours on offer here. LOVE the fact that there’s so much free stuff to do here!

 

Berlin Street Art Wilhelmstraße
Located at Wilhmelmstaße 8

 

Berlin Street Art Ron Miller Art Bernauer straße
Love this piece by Artist Ron Miller located at Bernauer straße, near Mauerpark

 


Free Alternative Berlin Walking Tour

A free 3-hour tour leaves from Alexanderplatz three times a day. There’s no need to book ahead so it’s super convenient.

 

The day we hit it up, the city was bustling with summer tourists so the tour was jam packed with people. After 30 minutes into the tour, Louis and I weren’t feeling it so we snuck away from the group. Vic was loving it, so she stuck with them.

 

We met up again at YAAM on the banks of the river where there was some cool street art murals to see and a beach bar. Read on to find out why this is a good spot to head to.

 

Alternative Berlin Free Tour
Free tours may be busy, but they’ll give you the full low down on all the artists and the history of Berlin street art.

 


 

Hire a Bike

The following day, we hired a bike from a random little shop around the corner from where we were staying. Only €4 a day…what a bargain, eh! Bike 44 is an independent bike hire shop, they don’t ask for a deposit and work on an honesty policy. Their bikes are somewhat vintage but do the job and you’ll even get a bike lock to take with you so you can keep your bike secure when you’ve stopped off to explore.

Getting around on bike was way cooler, than shuffling around on a walking tour with a big group. There’s plenty of street art around and instead of specifically hunting down pieces on foot, you can just cruise around and see plenty of epic pieces along the way.

Prenzlauer Berg Stargarder Staße 82
Located at Prenzlauer Berg Stargarder Staße 82

 

Berlin Street Art Luisenstadt Kopenicker Straße 75
Located at Luisenstadt Kopenicker Straße 75


East Side Gallery Berlin Wall

A 1km stretch of the East Side of the Berlin Wall is still standing, and to celebrate freedom over 100 artists from around the world have painted on here.

Chuck it into Google maps and you can cycle along here. Would recommend checking out the YAAM Beach Bar which is at one end of the East Side Gallery (depending on which end you start). Great place to stop for a drink and chill out to some beats on the beach, and there’s even more Berlin street art to check out here.

 

East Side Gallery Berlin Street art
Remaining 1.3 km length of the East Side Berlin Wall now features street artists around the world.

The Kiss Berlin street art
One of the most iconic images of Berlin is actually based on a real life event between East German leader Erich Honecker and his Soviet counterpart Leonid Brezhnev.

East Side Gallery Berlin Wall Street Art


Dead Chicken Alley

Make a note of this address, Rosenthaler Str. 39, 10178 Berlin, Germany. Without it you’ll totally ride straight past this little alley way without even realising.

This alley way is owned by the Dead Chicken Gallery who bought the space to encourage local and international artists to come here and share their art with the world. As it’s privately owned it’s completely legal to paint here. It has a couple of bars, a gallery and lots of street art and graffiti to check out all within less than 40 metres.

If you’re looking for a unique gift or keepsake from Berlin then check out Stokx Shop which is up a couple of flights of stairs at one end of the alley. You’ll find cool pieces of art, t-shirts and books. Not your average crappy souvenirs!

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Berlin Paste Ups
Paste Ups are getting popular due to the fact that if you get caught by the police it’s considered littering, so you cop a lesser fine.

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Dead Chicken Alley Berlin Street Art

 

Elaina
With a serious passion for travel, Elaina escaped from the senior management corporate world so she could spend more time doing what she loves…hanging out with friends, meeting awesome new people, travelling the globe, surfing and snowboarding.

Her greatest travel adventure to date was cycling her bicycle from China to Vietnam and into Cambodia…all with no clue on how to change a tyre! This cheeky Aussie loves to push boundaries and is a sucker for adrenalin sports.

She’s also pretty happy behind a camera and has snapped some pretty epic shots all over the world. Elaina grew up in Australia and has also lived in England and the USA where she was a snowboarding instructor.

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