Dubbed a Creative City of Design by UNESCO the street art scene in Berlin is exploding and has been for decades. If you’re searching for the best street art in Berlin I’ve got you covered! Read on for my favorite spots for massive murals, unique graffiti, and inspiring art. The best way to see as much street art as possible while exploring Berlin is to rent a bike and take a self-guided ride to search for these street art spots. If you’d rather go on an organized tour, I’ve also rounded up some of the best companies that take travelers around the city to learn more about street art in Berlin. The artwork around Berlin is always changing so while these exact murals may no longer exist you’ll be sure to find new pieces of art in these top locations for discovering a mecca of street art in Berlin.
East Side Gallery
The most popular place to view street art in Berlin is of course along the East Side Gallery. After the fall of the wall in 1990, 118 artists from 21 countries were invited to paint along the remaining portion of the Berlin Wall. 1.3 KM of the interior wall was decorated with messages of strength, unity, and perseverance. The murals here have become a world-renowned landmark. The entire wall was 155 KM and formed a ring around Berlin. Artistic expression had been forbidden in the east side of Germany during the Cold War. On the west side, murals were often scenes that made prolific statements about politics, culture, and society. Today, there is art on the exterior portion of the East Side Gallery so be sure to walk around both sides to see all the meaningful murals.
Hackescher Markt is famous for its street art alley and abundance of surrounding murals. The alley is located at the beginning of the Rosenthaler Straße, by Cinema Café, it is tiny and easily missed. Get lost in Hackesche Hof to discover unique works of art on the walls of the eight inner courtyards. The graffiti is complemented by fascinating architecture, the mixture makes for an awesome juxtaposition of steel and paint. Don’t miss out on a stroll through Haus Schwarzenberg which has been a sanctuary for local artists even before the 90s. In this area, you’ll find everything from wall-sized murals, graffiti tags, powerful messages, and more. You’ll see small portraits of Anne Frank throughout the area, the wall-sized work of art is located right outside the Anne Frank Zentrum.
There are massive murals to be discovered along the sides of many buildings in Fischerinsel so be sure to walk around all corners. One of the most famous pieces to been seen here is a part of JR’s Wrinkles of the City project from 2013. Similar faces of senior citizens cover 15 buildings in Berlin to showcase how the ups and downs of the city’s history during their lifetime has literally left a mark on their faces through worry lines.
Witness one of the largest stencils in the world — which is also one of the most famous murals in Berlin — in Kreuzberg. Victor Ash’s massive building-sized astronaut can be found near Kreuzberg’s Skalitzer Straße. The spaceman has been residing here ever since 2003 and made the area popular with other muralists. Stroll around to find other larger than life murals on the sides of residential buildings.
One of Berlin’s quirkier neighborhoods, Friedrichshain, is a gold mine for street art with a colorful array of murals, stencils, graffiti, and tags. Here you can hunt down entire facades covered in artwork and visit Urban Spree — a humongous (1700 sqm) artistic space where artists can paint murals through exhibitions and rotating artist residencies. Oh, and there’s also a biergarten here and no day in Berlin would be complete without enjoying a beer, so why not do it surrounded by awesome art? On your way, check out the art on the corner of Samariterstraße and Rigaer Straße, head down Rigaer Straße to find a wonderland of art. Visit Revaler Straße and Boxhagener Straße to see pieces from many famous Berlin street artists such as Alias, Mein Lieber Prost, and Xooox.
Feel like taking a walk on the wild side? Take a visit to the abandoned Spree Park to check out cool paintings on the abandoned rides. While it isn’t exactly open to the public there is an opening in the gate on the backside and guards are known to turn a blind eye to those exploring the park, otherwise they’ll kindly escort you out. Guided tours were once offered here but the City of Berlin bought the park in 2014 and have yet to do anything with the space, making it a haven for street artists in Berlin.
Another park that is a favorite for local street artists is Teufeslberg, known as Devil’s Mountain. The hilltop space was a former U.S. listening station, aka spy headquarters, during the Cold War. There is art to be discovered throughout the property but the many domes and wide walls are favorite spots for making a mark. From this vantage, you’ll also be able to take in sweeping views of Berlin below while being surrounded by inspiring art.
Street Art In Berlin: Walking Tours
If you prefer to take a guided tour to seek out street art in Berlin you’re in luck, there are many options. Berlin Street Art offers group tours and private outings led by professionals who are deeply integrated into the Berlin street art scene. Not only will you see some unique, off-the-beaten-path pieces, but you’ll also learn the meaning behind the work and about the artists. The tours start at their gallery, Open Walls. Be sure to arrive early so you can check out the unique exhibitions.
If you’re on a budget, make a reservation on the free Alternative Berlin tour. The group tour is led by a local street artist in the know of where the newest artwork has popped up overnight around Berlin. For €20 you can go on a walking tour with Alternative Berlin and participate in a street art workshop where you’ll visit an abandoned factory and try out the art form for yourself by leaving a tag on the wall or a colorful stencil.
Do tell us in the comments if you’ve found some new pieces of street art in Berlin that other readers should go find. To see the latest murals that have popped up around the city check Street Art Bln before heading out to explore.
Author’s Favorite Travel Gear
Canon Rebel T6: A camera is always useful to have along for documenting your travels, but even more so when admiring the street art in Berlin. This kit comes with the full accessory bundle, and everything you will need to take amazing photos of your journey.
HydroFlask Insulated Water Bottle: Whenever I travel, I bring my HydroFlask bottle along with me. It saves me from continuously having to purchase plastic bottles, keeps me hydrated, and is good for the environment!
Adidas Original Superstar Sneaker: Comfortable walking shoes are crucial for traveling, especially when exploring all of the incredible street art in Berlin by foot. These are my go-to’s, combining function and fashion.