One of my favorite things of travelling is hunting down and exploring interesting and unique street art. Some pieces of street art have gained alot of interest, while others remain off the beaten track. What I love is that street art often tells a story, and also adds to the feel of a city making it more vibrant and alive.
I will start by sharing some of the more well known pieces and then share some that we found along the way on our travels.
Berlin Wall - Berlin, Germany
One of the most iconic and important (and massive) pieces of street art is the Berlin wall. The wall was constructed as a way to separate West Berlin and East Berlin, and thus each side has been covered with highly political pieces of art.
Since the falling of the Berlin wall it has become an important tourist attraction, while also attracting artists from around the world.
The wall is massive and seems to go on forever. It would be easy to spend a few hours here wandering up and down checking out the various pieces of art. Although we didnt see anyone working on art while we visited, I can imagine there would often be works in progress here.
Lennon Wall - Prague, Czech Republic
The Lennon wall in Prague is one of the most iconic pieces of street art in Europe. The wall is a tribute to John Lennon, and also other movements related to free speech.
Lennon wall changes often! I imagine from the time we went it will have changed alot as people cover messaged they dont agree with with their own pieces of art.
Werregarenstraat a.k.a graffiti street - Ghent, Belgium
All though this one might not be as well known, it is amazing and quite unique. There is a street specifically for street art! Along with this there are other hidden gems throughout Ghent to be found aswell.
What I liked about this place is that it wasnt over run by tourists, and we could take our time and get some really good photos
Telliskivi Creative City, Tallinn, Estonia
Telliskivi Creative City is on the opposite side of the old city of Tallinn (where the majority of the tourists go), and has a market, some great quirky coffee shops and heaps of cool graffiti of course.
Alot of these pieces are quite large, and untouched - meaning they havent been graffiti-ed over by another artist, which is really nice.
We spent a few hours here, and it was nice to get away from the bigger crowds of the old city. There was still a decent amount of people here but it was more calm, and had more of a hipster vibe to it.
NDSM Wharf - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam is an amazing city with loads of things to do, both day and night time! The NDSM is an extra we found which is a short free water taxi away. NDSM wharf is an abandoned wharf, which is now being used basically just for graffiti, art and often local festivals and events.
This place has a creepy feel about it, as there isnt too many people around. Especially creepy if you have just come from the main city where there are people everywhere!
As you can see there isnt a shortage of cool and interesting street art around Europe. I managed to create a blog about street art in Europe without mention of Banksy to....
All photos taken by me.