A couple of months ago, I was happy to see that Hamburg was one of the cities that made the “best cities for street art – chosen by travel bloggers” list on the Kami & the Rest of the World blog.
Street art is one of my favorite types of art and one of my favorite parts of any city. When visiting a new city, I enjoy going on a stroll without any particular aim and doing a “photo walk” – which in my travel dictionary simply means walking and taking photos. Exploring the street art scene of a city, I think, is a great way to slow down and to take time to get to know the local neighborhoods and streets.
And when I moved to Hamburg two years ago, I did do a photo walk around my new neighborhood, gathering my first impressions of the area, and getting lost in the streets which were still unfamiliar to me.
Here are some photos from my Hamburg street art photo collection, including some photos that I took on that first walk as a newcomer to the city.
Hamburg Waterfront Harbor- and Water-Themed Street Art
The Elbe river and the harbor are an important part of our city’s identity as the “gateway to the world”. As such, the water- and ocean-themed murals and graffiti on our streets and in particular in the waterfront area offer a glimpse of how Hamburgers see and experience the beauty of the city.
Colors and Characters on Hamburg Streets
While the river – as well as the Alster lake in the inner city area – forms what is probably the most exciting and beautiful part of Hamburg, there’s of course much more to the city and its artistic expressions.