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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Berlin Street Art

Hackesche Höfe, Berlin

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram then you might know that I just got back from an incredible few days in Berlin. I went with six of my friends for one of their 21st's, so I only managed to take my iPhone with me as it was all go go go from start to finish. I did, however, manage to take a few photos of Berlin's amazing street art tucked away behind the Hackesche Höfe courtyards in Mitte, as well as some sections of the Berlin Wall's East Side Gallery. 

The courtyards just off Rosenthaler Straße were definitely my favourite part of the city, as every inch of wall space was covered in graffiti. We stumbled upon Otto Weidt's Workshop for the Blind Museum hidden in one of the courtyards, which was free to enter and was amazing. The museum is in the building of a workshop where Otto Weidt hid Jewish workers from the Gestapo during World War II and, like Amsterdam's Anne Frank Museum, you see the actual room where they were hidden. It was a very moving and surreal experience to then look out of the windows and see such incredible art on the walls that were blank and bare not that long ago. If you ever get a chance to go to this part of Berlin then I highly recommend it.

Hackesche Höfe, Berlin
Hackesche Höfe, Berlin
Hackesche Höfe, Berlin
Hackesche Höfe, Berlin
Lumas in Hackesche Höfe, Berlin

We then went to Lumas in the same courtyard complex, which was part art gallery, part shop and part furniture showroom (and where I wanted to buy pretty much everything inside). 

The next day we nursed our hangovers from a night out in Salon Zur Wilden Renate. There's a no photo policy in a lot of Berlin's clubs, but if you Google it you can see how even the clubs are full of amazing art and decoration - it was like being at an indoors Bestival or Secret Garden Party. We then took a taxi from our hotel to the East Side Gallery and walked along the stretch of graffiti-covered Berlin Wall, before going back to our hotel and heading out to Tresor.

East Side Gallery, Berlin
East Side Gallery, Berlin
East Side Gallery, Berlin
East Side Gallery, Berlin
East Side Gallery, Berlin

Berlin certainly has a lot to offer and by the end of our few days none of us wanted to leave! I loved every minute of it and it's incredible to be in a city with so much art and history on every single wall. Have you ever been to Berlin? Or would you like to go?





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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Berlin Street Art

Hackesche Höfe, Berlin

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram then you might know that I just got back from an incredible few days in Berlin. I went with six of my friends for one of their 21st's, so I only managed to take my iPhone with me as it was all go go go from start to finish. I did, however, manage to take a few photos of Berlin's amazing street art tucked away behind the Hackesche Höfe courtyards in Mitte, as well as some sections of the Berlin Wall's East Side Gallery. 

The courtyards just off Rosenthaler Straße were definitely my favourite part of the city, as every inch of wall space was covered in graffiti. We stumbled upon Otto Weidt's Workshop for the Blind Museum hidden in one of the courtyards, which was free to enter and was amazing. The museum is in the building of a workshop where Otto Weidt hid Jewish workers from the Gestapo during World War II and, like Amsterdam's Anne Frank Museum, you see the actual room where they were hidden. It was a very moving and surreal experience to then look out of the windows and see such incredible art on the walls that were blank and bare not that long ago. If you ever get a chance to go to this part of Berlin then I highly recommend it.

Hackesche Höfe, Berlin
Hackesche Höfe, Berlin
Hackesche Höfe, Berlin
Hackesche Höfe, Berlin
Lumas in Hackesche Höfe, Berlin

We then went to Lumas in the same courtyard complex, which was part art gallery, part shop and part furniture showroom (and where I wanted to buy pretty much everything inside). 

The next day we nursed our hangovers from a night out in Salon Zur Wilden Renate. There's a no photo policy in a lot of Berlin's clubs, but if you Google it you can see how even the clubs are full of amazing art and decoration - it was like being at an indoors Bestival or Secret Garden Party. We then took a taxi from our hotel to the East Side Gallery and walked along the stretch of graffiti-covered Berlin Wall, before going back to our hotel and heading out to Tresor.

East Side Gallery, Berlin
East Side Gallery, Berlin
East Side Gallery, Berlin
East Side Gallery, Berlin
East Side Gallery, Berlin

Berlin certainly has a lot to offer and by the end of our few days none of us wanted to leave! I loved every minute of it and it's incredible to be in a city with so much art and history on every single wall. Have you ever been to Berlin? Or would you like to go?





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