During my quick layover in Berlin, I rifled through the brochures at my hostel and stumbled across the Berlin Street Art Tour and Workshop by Alternative Berlin! It was my third trip to Berlin, and I’d never heard of anything like this before! I’ll tell you what though, I’d certainly seen the graffiti, and I was keen to learn more about it!
So since I’d already puttered around Berlin, I wanted to try something different! If you have the time, I suggest making your own $3 Hop on Hop off Berlin sightseeing tour the next day to see if you spot any more graffiti! Especially if you have time for a 2 or 3-day itinerary!
According to the brochure in my hostel, it was an 18 Euro tour, but once I got there, it was actually 20 Euro. Apparently it was an old brochure, but I guess it beats them having to carry around a bunch of 2 Euro coins. I’m pretty cheap, but I think the tour is worth it, especially considering all the cool stuff you get!
You get a dedicated tour guide that not only knows the city, but knows graffiti! My tour guide, Declan, actually said he has experience creating, and (as he said), “The arrests to prove it.”
The tour started a little after Noon and went until after 5. The walking tour itself was only about two hours. My back gets stressed out from walking pretty easily, and I managed it. You get to see some really impressive wall murals, some graffiti that’s not impressive in itself until you learn how they did it, and I even recognized a mural by the same guy that did one when I was in Panama! So this tour upped my appreciation for what I thought were just scribbles not only in Berlin but worldwide too!
During the walking portion, you’ll be shown a variety of types of street art, graffiti, and taught the different vocabulary for them all! After the walking tour portion, they take you back to the warehouse where the real fun begins! You get to choose from a variety of stencils, or if you’re feeling frisky, you can make your own like I did!
After you have a stencil, they show you what to do with it! They show you how to do a variety of techniques to make your very own street art. How cool is that?? Declan and Curtis were both guides, but we met back up with another guide named Rob. All 3 were readily available and helpful. I had a bunch of questions on how to make my logo, and they helped me make it.
What’s not included:
You need to buy a separate rail/tram/bus ticket for the movement between different locations. I went ahead and got an all day pass for AB for 7 Euros. One way is about 3, so if you’re riding more than twice, it seems to make sense.
There is a quick lunch break, and you have to provide that yourself. Just fine with me as I really wanted a doner. I’m not sure if you’d stop at the same place we did, but the kebap place I went to was probably the best one I’ve had in forever.
Where to meet:
Hopefully you’re convinced to go! The meet up is right outside the Starbucks at Alexanderplatz. Coming from the S-bahn (and I think U-bahn as well), head toward the giant tower and look to the left! Since I was there during winter, I huddled inside until I saw a few people milling around holding the same brochure that I had.
Where to buy:
You can buy online beforehand here, or you can risk it and pay when you show up! I recommend online beforehand!
This tour only runs on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at Noon.
Other Tours by Alternative Berlin
I didn’t have the time to hit these other ones up, but they certainly look fun!
- Free Walking Tour
- Alternative Pub Crawl
- Real Berlin
- Craft Beer
- Green Tour
- Taste of Berlin (food tour)
- Alternative Hamburg