When I was in Berlin, I enjoyed two free tours. One that took me to the historical sites (which, to my surprise, was not a snooze fest), and one that took me to the underground art scene.
In the cold and rain, our guide escorted us through squatter residences, enlightened us on the history of the street art, and educated us on the artists whose work we were enjoying.
I loved the tour. Like, really, really loved it. During that afternoon, despite the rain that was spitting down on us … in May … I quickly became enamored with the sub-culture I was just getting the tiniest peak at.
This photo is of an alley that leads to artist haunts somewhere deep in one of my favorite cities in the world.
11 thoughts on “Escape of the Week: Underground Berlin”
Fell over your blog while researching an upcoming trip to Berlin and was intrigued by your picture. Could you possibly tell me which tours it was that you took?
Hi, I took the New Berlin free walking tour which is the historical one, and the Alternative Tour which takes you on tours of the artist enclaves, etc.
Thank you so much.
Hey, sounds cool, on my way to berlin on tuesday, how did you get hooked up with the tour?
The hostel I stayed at had fliers. There are two tours I did — the history of Berlin walking tour with New Berlin and the Alternative Walking Tour which took us on the art walk. Berlin is so amazing!! You will love it there!
That is a ridiculously beautiful photo!
I’ve heard Berlin has an amazing art scene but that artists are starting to leave because it’s too expensive. I hope they stick around long enough for me to check it out some day!
Thanks!! I LOVED LOVED LOVED the art scene in Berlin. I think, even if it is getting expensive, there will always be some really cool art in Berlin. It’s history is just too cemented in the street art culture to have it go away.
I came across your blog whilst researching things to do in Berlin, as I’m visiting there in October. Do you have a website link to the tour company you did the underground art scene tour with? It looks amazing!
Hi Katie! Thanks for stopping by! You will love Berlin. It is an electric and cool city! The Alternative walking tour is so neat! http://www.alternativeberlin.com/
We are so glad you enjoyed our alternative tour !
Thankyou for the nice words & recommendations.
Stunning photo btw !
On our FB page at the end of each year we have a photo comp where we give away art work from some of the artists you see on our tours.
I hope you enter that one its beautiful.
Fantastic blog . I will be following it.
Thank you for the note Adie!! I need to add the FB page so I can enter the competition. Glad you enjoy the blog! I LOVED the tour. I also wrote about it on OneTravel.com. Search “street art” and you should find the article. 🙂 Cheers!