Berlin: Street Art

Berlin is full of graffiti and street art. Most of the time it’s quantity over quality, with every building’s ground floor dabbed with tags and scribbles which just ruins the otherwise attractive townhouses. But there are several more organised areas where serious street artists go to work creating really interesting things.


Tacheles is a huge semi-derelict building which has been in its time a department store, Nazi SS headquarters and an electric company’s showroom. It’s now home to a collective of artists who use the building and grounds as a showroom and studio. Every inch inside, from stairwells to windows to ceilings, is covered in layers upon layers of graffiti, stickers and posters; it’s quite overwhelming to see. The courtyard in the back hosts more art installations and several bars.

The Stattbad, out in the northwest of town, is another disused building turned gallery – this time an old swimming baths. We went along to a night-time event here but probably turned up too early as not much was open. There was a great room of screenprinted posters though, and it was worth going just to wander around the creepy abandoned changing rooms and empty swimming pool.


There was a section of the Berlin Wall very near our hotel in Friedrichshain – the longest section still remaining – named the East Side Gallery, which was given over to artists to create murals celebrating the fall of the old regime. Some panels are just given over to scribbles but in general the murals are interesting and well-preserved.

And here’s just a few more of the better street art dotted around the city.




More photos of Berlin street art on Flickr


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