Exploring Berlin by bike or by foot is one of the best ways to get to know the city! Are you also an art fanatic? We listed all the best art pieces you can see on the street or in public places. There is so much beautiful graffiti to see, so we saved that overview for an other time. Here you can find all the best street art in Berlin.
Die Rückkehr der Kühe
This installation by Sergej Dott is a funny sight to see. You find ‘The Return Of The Cows’ halfway down Dietrich-Bonhoeffer Strasse, with your eyes fixated on the south. There you will find life-size statues of cows walking up the side of an apartment building. Dott calls his creation “Kuhnst”, a joke for German and language fanatics. It is a play-on-words, using the German word Kunst (art) and Kuh (cow).
Kaninchenfeld (Rabbit Field)
Our next art piece in Berlin is a memorial, but this one is a bit different from the others. It is not dedicated to humans, but to bunnies. When the wall was built, there was a piece of no-man’s land where nobody was allowed to cross, but the rabbits in Berlin did not follow these rules and were able to dominate the territory and make it their own. Unfortunately this came to an end when the wall was torn down in 1989. The rabits lost their habitat and had to escape to Berlin’s public parks. In 1999, artist Karla Sachse made 120 silhouettes around the original place where they used to hop around. The Rabbit Field is certainly one of the best street art in Berlin. Keep a good eye on the ground, for they are known to be difficult to spot in most places, but if you want to be sure you see one, check out Chausseestraße!
Stand By Me tree
The next ‘art’ piece, is at Tiergarten Park. The lyrics of Ben E. King’s popular song ‘Stand By Me’ is carved in a tree over there– or at least the first few sentences. The tree is not that popular due to the fact that few people are aware of its existence. In 2015, it had an upflare because King passed away. It is still unknown who decided to carve the lyrics into the tree and so are the reasons behind the action. Since Ben E. King’s unfortunate death, another tree has been carved just a few feet away from the original one with the chorus of the song.
How to find it? Start at the Brandenburg Gate and follow Bundesstraße to the Victory Column. Make sure to take the left entrance. Keep going straight until you come to the third crossroad. When you look at your right, you are able to spot the tree! On the left side of the path is the newer version of the Stand By Me tree.
Finally, we have the memorial of the murdered Jews. Berlin’s large role in WWII resulted in the erection of several monuments, memorials, and museums as reminders us of the gruesome events that took place. This memorial is a place of remembrance. In 1999, the German parliament held a contest to establish the design of the memorial. New Yorker Peter Eisenman won, and the memorial opened in 2005. The site holds 2711 blocks of concrete, varying in height, all lined up in stoic rows and columns, forming a grid. The blocks are a very sober gray, and combined with the open spaces between them they give an unsettling feeling. Because the memorial is located on a slight hill, the blocks seem to make ‘waves’. There are independent guides available for groups that want extra information, but all are free to roam through the stones whenever they wish.
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