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!
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.
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.
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.
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!