Want to leave your mark on a strip of the Berlin Wall without getting arrested?
Head on to Mauerpark in Berlin, where a 300-meter strip of the Wall remains. It’s the favorite canvas of graffiti artists or young people with spray paint, and on sunny days you find them in front of the wall, looking for the perfect place for their message.
The street art in Mauerpark is varied. Due to its transitory nature, the art on the walls change regularly, so what would seem like the work of a master artist on one day will be painted over by what looks like chicken scratches the next. On this wall, everyone is equally deserving of the space.
Mauerpark (or Wall Park) used to be the death strip enclosed by the Berlin Wall before it came down in 1989. It was built on the eastern half of the Old Nordbahnhof (“Northern Railway Station”), which stopped operating when the Wall was built in the early 1960s. When the Wall fell, the residents of surrounding area lobbied for the death strip to become a park.
Nowadays, Mauerpark is frequented by people from all over Berlin, and it’s especially busy during the summer season when there are always parties and music events going on.
Anna, my local friend, says that she likes going to Mauerpark just to use the swings that are in front of the wall. She can look over the western half of the train station, which, on Sundays is the site of a huge flea market, a must-see for any visitor to the city.
How to go to the Mauerpark: Take the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Stadion M10 tram stop or get off at the U2 Eberswalder Strasse Station.