From the 1970s to 1989 the west side of the Berlin Wall was home to graffiti, paintings and wall newspapers. Since the reunification of Germany, Berlin has become home to a community of international street artists. The area's ramshackle buildings and blind walls gave rise to a vibrant street art scene. It has become oneof Europe's street art strongholds.
A stroll through the Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain districts will yield a bounty of public art.
In recent years street art has even been featured in Berlin exhibitions. But the streets of the city remain the best showcase. What makes it more fun is that there's always the risk the art will disappear.
For this tour I have chosen mainly big works that often use the entire wall of a building. There is a good chance that they will be around for a while. However, some spots are known for change, like the wall called "Dairy." While classical sights have an address, street art often uses hidden spaces or the rear of buildings. This guide will take you there.
How to get there?
The nearest subway station is Kottbusser Tor (U1, U8).
As you leave the station, look for the gas station sign ARAL in blue. That is where you will find our first POI.
Here at one side of the cinema Intimes you will find a wall with many works. The wall is called diary, or guestbook, with a concept of permanent change. See what's there now. The photos here are from July 29, 2010.