Berlin is a city as famous for history as it is for its lively artistic subculture scene. The underground art scene sprung up in reaction to the years of political repression as an outlet for individualistic expression. When the east and west united in 1990, the east ended up with many vacant buildings, which paved the way for artists to move in and build studios and clubs.
The best way to explore the underground art scene of graffiti, street art, punk rock, music, and nightlife is through an Alternative Berlin Tour. The tour was lead by a local who took us through East Berlin to find the underground artist spots including East Side Gallery on the Berlin Wall, street art by Blu, and the Urban Spree.
Alternative tour of Berlin Vlog:
We stay in a retro, GDR themed hostel called "Ostel" located in East Berlin, which is a fun way to get into the spirit of the history.
Ostel Hostel - Berlin: ► ► https://www.bit.ly/Ostel
Here are some of the top places to view art in the city:
1. Berlin sign at the Hauptbahnhof:
2. East Side Gallery - This gallery is a memorial for the Berlin Wall that now displays some of the most famous Berlin artwork, including the Fraternal Kiss below.
3. Hackesche Hofe - An alleyway filled with street art, including the Anne Frank mural.
What is your favorite part of the art scene in Berlin? Comment below!
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