Sightseeing for free. With S-Bahn, U-Bahn, bus and tram (streetcar) you can easily discover Berlin on your own. We have put together the best sightseeing routes for you. And if you want to cheer yourself up on a gray rainy day with the prospect of a colorful mural, here are the best routes for a street art city tour.
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Tip 1: U2, U3 Bülowstraße - URBAN NATION | ONE WALL
The facade of the URBAN NATION Museum of Contemporary Art is probably the most colorful wall in the city. Again and again, street artists create new murals here, which often hit the spirit of the times. The Broken Fingaz Crew's current theme is human communication, inspired by the Latin proverb "Man is man's wolf". The recurring motif thus addresses togetherness in the age of digital communication. Will the wolf be able to distinguish fake information from real information through its sense of smell?
Where: Bülowstraße 7, Schöneberg
Route: U2, U3 between Bülowstraße and Nollendorfplatz
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Tip 2: U2, U3 Bülowstraße - Untitled: Shepard Fairey, D*Face, Cyrcle und Word to Mother
Do you see the woman peeking out from behind a curtain? For her, it's the first glimpse of the real world - and thus a timid step towards personal freedom. This is the interpretation of the artist, Shepard Fairey. In addition to his work, you can discover many other street art icons during a ride on the elevated train along Bülowstraße. Among them are D*Face, Maya Hayuk, Cyrcle, Word To Mother, Miss Van, The London Police,
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Where: Bülowstrasse 31/32, Schöneberg
Route: U2, U3 between Bülowstrasse and Nollendorfplatz
Tip 3: Ringbahn - Herakut: This game called life
You can find beautiful murals from Herakut all over the city. They are part of the Giant Storybook project, for which Herakut travelled around the world in 2012 to show that there are themes and ideas that engage and connect all people in the world. The mural, which you can see from the Ringbahn, shows a mother in a red dress. The sleeves resembling armour, symbolizing the inner strength we discover as soon as we care for someone else: "In this game called life there is a hidden resource of strength. You'll find it once you start caring about someone." Almost all murals by the street artist duo Herakut contain a message.
Where: Sickingerstrasse 2, Moabit
Route: Ringbahn, between Jungfernheide and Beusselstraße (near Berlin Beusselstraße station)
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Tip 4: Ringbahn - The sun will sink into the ocean
A white horse stands in a flooded palace. The setting sun glitters on the water and a few white doves have just fluttered in through the open window. Despite the flooding, the mural by Ricky Lee Gordon radiates hope rather than a doomsday mood.
Where: Landsberger Allee 121, Prenzlauer Berg
Route: S8, S85 and Ringbahn, near Landsberger Allee station
Tip 5: Ringbahn - Victor Ash: Tree Children and Astronaut
Tree Children is just one of the many murals that French street artist Victor Ash has immortalized himself with in Berlin. His most famous mural is Astronaut | Cosmonaut at Oranienstraße 195, which you can see from the U1 and U8.
Where: Lynarstraße 1, Wedding
Route: Ringbahn between Wedding and Berlin Gesundbrunnen (near Wedding station)
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Tip 6: U1, U3 - Pink Man | Leviathan
If you look closely, you can see that the gigantic monster is made up of lots of little pink men - and thus the pale man is doomed. If you want to know more about the deeper meaning of the mural and the street artist BLU, check out the Street Art Highlight in our ABOUT BERLIN app, the free digital city guide for Berlin.
Where: Warschauer Straße 47, Friedrichshain
Route: U1, U3 between Schlesisches Tor and Warschauer Straße
Tip 7: U1, U3 - BRAVE WALL
Artist Katerina Voronina has created a monument to Brazilian human rights activist Marielle Franco with her mural on the occasion of International Women's Day. At a height of eight stories, Franco's impressive profile provides space for many, many women - in all their facets. The mural was created with the support of the URBAN NATION Museum of Contemporary Art.
Where: Gitschiner Straße 65, Kreuzberg
Route: U1, U3 between Prinzenstraße and Kottbusser Tor
Tip 8: U1, U3 - Daphne & Apollo
If you photograph this mural and edit the picture, you will experience a real surprise. Just invert the photo, that means you edit the image in such a way that you reverse the color spectrum. Because then suddenly Daphne becomes colored and Apollo dissolves into a black and white negative version. This interplay is an allusion to the hopeless love story from Greek mythology, in which Daphne detaches herself from her human form because Apollo's courtship simply becomes too much for her.
Where: Wassertorstraße 65, Kreuzberg
Route: U1, U3 between Prinzenstraße and Kottbusser Tor
Tip 9: Tram M2 - Attack of the 50ft Woman
The enormous female figure has its origins in the science fiction flick "Attack of the 50ft Woman". While the production falls more into the "trashy B-movie" category, the film still manages to be discussed and celebrated as an early work of emancipation and female power.
Where: Am Friedrichshain 33
Route: Bus 200, Tram M1, M2, M4, M5, M6, M8
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Tip 10: Tram M2 - Wrinkles in the City
The photo-realistic mural of Mr. ZYIA at Soho House is one of a total of 15 that the French artist JR is installing on facades in Berlin as part of his "Wrinkles in the City" project in 2013. With the oversized portraits, he brings old people, who are otherwise often pushed to the fringes of society, right into the middle of the urban space. Many of the murals from this project have unfortunately since disappeared.
Where: Soho House Berlin, Torstr. 1, Mitte
Route: Tram M2 between Alexanderplatz and Prenzlauer Allee/Ostseestraße
Tip 11: Tram M10 - Well Done Steakart
With this mural, the artist group "The Dixons" (Xi-Design) sets a monument to the "incisive" event of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification. If you look closely you can see the outline of Berlin in the bold drawing of the steak.
Where: Bernauer Str. 11
Route: U8 Bernauer Straße, Tram M10 and Bus 247
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