I have to admit that the Hamburg street art scene had never really been on my radar to visit. Not for any particular reason, its just when you have the whole world to see, it’s the ones at the top of the list that remain at the forefront of your thoughts! With that being said, when the opportunity to visit Hamburg came up it was an easy YES. I love a good wild card, left field travel plan. As we’d just be there for one full day I was limited on my ART-ING activities, so decided on looking up their street art scene.
There were two districts that housed what I was looking for (Sternschanze and St. Pauli) and as they are situated side by side, it was an easy walking route from where we were staying, towards the harbour area. Excited to set off on our very own walking street art tour, I can safely say it was NOT what I expected!
Huge murals and street art were aplenty (and I’ve included pics throughout this post!) but they were overshadowed by the sheer (and impressive) volume of graffiti. I suppose everyone has their own take on the difference between street art and graffiti. Mine is that street art is, well, art and requires skill, while graffiti is more.. the mindless scrawling/ tagging of the angsty. However, maybe there’s a place for graffiti to be considered an art form when the coverage is so severe!? It was like walking around a film set of a post apocalyptic 80’s New York. Very surreal. I have to say I’m on the fence about it but it’s worth a visit, it’s pretty indescribable!
Hamburg is also home to many galleries and exhibitions of course. I didn’t have time to visit but I’m sure they’re on par with other European cities. Have you visited? What did you make of the Hamburg street art scene? I’d be genuinely interested to see how others (who had a bit more time!) found the high end art houses, and their juxtaposition within the really urbanised side that I saw.
Definitely worth a visit and if all things creative aren’t your bag then (on a side note), go for the BURGERS! I couldn’t go all the way to Hamburg and NOT have a hamburger and I wasn’t disappointed – possibly THE best burger of my life was had at The Bird Hamburg. Juicy, meaty goodness- and excellent, thick cut fries. Perfection in a bun 🙌
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