Depending on which side of the city you visit, Hamburg, Germany can be either a very wealthy or a very gritty place. The walking street art tour I did was definitely on the gritty side.
Upon a recommendation from a tourist I met in Amsterdam, I found this “pay-as-you-like” walking tour of Hamburg here. Lucky for non-German speakers, English tours were readily available, mostly from college-aged locals looking to make a little pocket money. My guide was an Australian studying in Hamburg who became fascinated with street art culture after having a roommate who was deeply involved in the scene—way cooler than your typical tour guide.
Thanks to this great experience, I’m definitely going to keep looking for walking tours by locals when I’m checking out a new city.
A note from the official street art tour site:
“This is the original Alternative Hamburg walking tour which we established to showcase Hamburg’s diverse culture and community spirit.
Throughout the tour we will not only introduce a number of local, national and international graffiti and street artists, we will offer you an inside look at Hamburg’s bohemian districts and alternative culture. You will learn about community protests, gentrification threats, pirate legends, urban art movements and get to visit squatted buildings, re purposed bunkers, nature reserves and creative hubs. “
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