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Radtour an der East Side Gallery
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Bike tour for street art fans

Along the Spree & through Friedrichshain

In addition to the East Side Gallery, you can discover numerous other impressive murals on a bike tour along the Spree and further to the Frankfurter Tor in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. On this tour you will get an exciting insight into the history of Berlin's urban art movement from its beginnings until today.

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Young woman uses street art highlight of the ABOUT BERLIN app.
Young woman uses street art highlight of the ABOUT BERLIN app. © Foto: placeit

What are the stories behind the murals? Which street artists were involved? And what messages do they want to convey with their works? You can find answers to these questions on our free app ABOUT BERLIN. In addition to several street art tours including directions, you will find videos and interpretive audio books. Let us explain the details of the murals and immerse yourself in Berlin's street art scene.

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Take a photo with the murals at Holzmarkt

Berlin Mural Fest, Holzmarkt 25, Berlin
Berlin Mural Fest, Holzmarkt 25, Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Dirk Mathesius

Your bike tour starts at the Holzmarkt, an area for art and creativity. Here you can get a coffee to go and then discover the first murals on a tour of the grounds. Many were created on the occasion of the first Berlin Mural Fest 2018.

These murals are perfect for an Instagram picture

  1. Wimmelbild by wenu, Holzmarktstraße 25
  2. unknown by Klebebande, Holzmarktstraße 25  
  3. No Title by Cranio (Der blaue Indianer), Holzmarktstraße 31

Immerse yourself in the history of Berlin at the East Side Gallery

Fahrradtour an der East Side Gallery
East Side Gallery, Catrin Resch "Europas Frühling" © visitBerlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

The Berlin Wall is widely considered the birthplace of Berlin street art. Here, Berlin's youth sprayed in protest against the political conditions. Renowned artists such as Thierry Noir or Jim Avignon set a colorful counterpoint to the gray drabness of the Anti-Fascist Wall with their murals. An action that even the West Berlin police supported at the time. You can still see many of the paintings today at the East Side Gallery.

Historically significant murals at the East Side Gallery

  1. Bruderkuss by Dimitrji Vrubel
  2. Test the Rest, Trabi by Birgit Kinders 
  3. „Du hast gelernt, was Freiheit heißt“ by André Sécrit

Discover works of art around the Oberbaumbrücke

Streetart in Berlin: Mural The Yellow Man by Os Gemeos
Streetart in Berlin: Mural The Yellow Man by Os Gemeos © Foto: Rae Allen (CC BY-SA 2.0) by wikimedia commons

The tour continues along the Spree River to the Oberbaumbrücke In divided Berlin, the Oberbaumbrücke connected the Friedrichshain district, which belonged to the Soviet sector, with the Kreuzberg district in the American sector. The art installation "Rock, Scissors, Paper" on the towers of the bridge refers to this period of Berlin's history. In the immediate vicinity of the Oberbaumbrücke, well-known international street artists have created gigantic facades at the invitation of Berlin initiatives such as the Backjumps Live Issues. 

Keep an eye out for these murals:

  1. Pink Man by BLU, Falckensteinstr. 49
  2. Yellow Man by Os Gemeos, Oppelner Straße 3
  3. Rounded Heads by Nomad, Oppelner Straße 46/47
  4. Suspended by Alice Pasquini, Warschauer Str. 47

Take a walk across the Elsen Bridge

Street art in Friedrichshain: "Monkey See. Monkey Do." Mural by Herakut
Street art in Friedrichshain: "Monkey See. Monkey Do." Mural by Herakut © visitBerlin, Foto: Josefine Köhn-Haskins

You should also make a stop at the Elsen Bridge (Elsenbrücke): From the bridge you not only have a great view of the Molecule Men, but also of interesting mural designs. Take a walk across the bridge and keep your eyes open. Somewhat hidden in a small path leading off of Alt-Stralau you will find "Monkey See. Monkey Do." by Herakut. The mural is part of the "Giant Storybook.

Street art icons - marked by transience

  1. blue and red lettering of the Berlin Kidz on the tower of the old pump house
  2. Question mark by Otto Schade (OSch) at the bridge
  3. "Monkey See. Monkey Do." by Herakut, Alt-Stralau 4

Tip: From here, a trip to the Soviet Memorial in Treptower Park is a good idea. If the weather is nice, you can also refresh yourself in the nearby Rummelsburger Bucht.

Take a break on the RAW grounds

Friedrichshain, RAW-Gelaende
RAW-Gelände Flohmarkt mit Cassiopeia Mural im Hintergrund © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Locomotives used to be maintained here. Today, the RAW site is a meeting place for Berlin's creative scene, which has also immortalized itself in numerous murals. Feel free to go on a discovery tour. You can skate here, climb, dine and stroll through the flea market on Sunday (as far as possible again). 

Murals as colorful and crazy as Berlin

  1. Mural at the Cassiopeia by ROLF LE ROLFE, RAW-area
  2. Mural at the Hochbunkter by LAKE, RAW area
  3. Tucan at the De Dee De African Kitchen

Boxhagener Platz | Frankfurter Tor

The tour continues in the direction of the trendy district of Friedrichshain. Directly at Boxhagener Platz, the "Monkey as Art Judge" looks down on the hustle and bustle. The mural is an excerpt from Gabriel von Max's painting of the same name. Butterfly Girl is a work of art within the framework of an action that opposes the abuse of children. With the black cross in front of the mouth, street artist Michelle Tombolini symbolizes the silent outcry of the abused. "Eyes in the Big City" from El Bocho's Citizens series is inspired by Kurt Tucholsky's poem of the same name: "Two strange eyes, a brief glance, the brow, pupils, the lids. What was that? Of the great humanity a piece! Gone, blown away, never again."

Just a sampling of numerous murals

 

  1. Butterfly Girl by Michelle Tombolini at Boxhagener Str. 86/Krossener Str. 36
  2. Berlin Bomber by in the Warschauer Str. 9
  3. Eyes in the big city by El Bocho in Lasdehner Str. 7


Tip: If you've now got a hankering for more street art in Berlin, you'll find 18 great starting points for further discovery tours in our overview of Urban Art Berlin, plus of course the exact address of the city's most important murals.

And finally, a friendly request and reminder: many murals are located in residential areas. Please behave accordingly considerate and avoid noise and trash.

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Street art in Berlin
Street art in Berlin © Benjamin Pritzkuleit

ABOUT BERLIN App

Find more powerful stories from Berlin on our app ABOUT BERLIN App. You can download it for free for iPhone and Android.

In the App Store now: Download ABOUT BERLIN In the Google Play Store now: Download ABOUT BERLIN

There are many stories to tell. ABOUT BERLIN.