Berlin is a center of art, music and creative culture. Urban art is one of the factors that has helped Berlin become the creative center it is today.
But not all Graffiti is worth wasting your scarce visiting time on, so go for the Free Tours we offer here at GuruWalk and play it safe.
Berlin's most famous street art is known as Love Parade. This mural was painted by artists in 1998 and was defaced with graffiti in 2005. The artists repainted it, but the mural became a symbol of how quickly street art can be destroyed if authorities are not vigilant. There are some examples of street art to be found all over Berlin, such as graffiti murals and sculptures, like the East Side Gallery, which stretches 1.3 kilometers along the former border between East and West Berlin.
But we'd better slowly discover what Berlin's Urban Art has to teach.
Kreuzberg is one of the most popular districts when it comes to Urban Art.
Kreuzberg has been home to some of the most emblematic and world famous artists, such as Keith Haring or Jean-Michel Basquiat. It was also the birthplace of Berlin's graffiti culture between the 1980s and 1990s.
The district, with its many layers of history, has become even more attractive for tourists who want to experience Berlin's urban culture in an authentic way.
Beyond the cultural offerings of Kreuzberg, across the Oberbaum Bridge we can reach the Friedrichshain area.
Friedrichshain is one of the most diverse and lively areas of Berlin. It has many attractions worth visiting if you are looking for things to do in Berlin.
Friedrichshain is home to many tourist attractions such as Volkspark Friedrichshain, East Side Gallery, The Lab and Ecole de l'Air.
Berlin's East Side Gallery is a popular tourist attraction for many, not only for the history behind it, but also for its artistic value.
This 1.3-kilometer-long section of the Berlin Wall has been preserved as a crucial reminder of Germany's 20th century past. The East Side Gallery was originally a segment of the Berlin Wall, which divided West and East Germany from 1961 to 1989. It was not until 1990 that this wall was finally removed from power.
The East Side Gallery is famous for its many colorful paintings by international artists on both sides depicting life in the former Eastern Bloc, as well as more recent events such as 9/11 and the economic crisis of 2008.