This week take a quick look at the quirky street art alley on Rosenthaler Straße in Berlin


Narrow street alleys are often the most interesting little nooks where I have discovered remarkable facets of city life. On my recent visit to Berlin, I sought out the Hackescher Markt area that’s become famous for its labyrinth of narrow lanes, each with something new to discover.

To get to Rosenthaler Straße, you enter a little lane near Cinema Cafe, and soon the hustle and bustle of the street falls away. You feel like you entered a portal into a world of quirky art installations, street art and small quaint cafes. Here’s a quick peek into what awaits you.

My first brush with street art was this enormous mural on my way to museum island in Berlin
My first brush with street art was this enormous mural on my way to museum island in Berlin
Entering this little alley in Rosenthaler Straße near Hackescher Markt in Berlin is a riot of colors
Entering this little alley in Rosenthaler Straße near Hackescher Markt in Berlin is a riot of colors
The ever changing murals in the Street Art Alley of Berlin
The ever changing murals in the Street Art Alley of Berlin
A mural showing how we are addicted to brands
A mural showing how we are addicted to brands
A very Kawaii mural on the walls
A very Kawaii mural on the walls
This artist has made an innovative use of the lamps on the street
This artist has made an innovative use of the lamps on the street
The inside of this building is completely covered in graffiti
The inside of this building is completely covered in graffiti
Art adorns the wall around this open air cafe
Art adorns the wall around this open air cafe
More art work inside another street cafe
More art work inside another street cafe
Onlookers look at massive mural of industrial looking skyscrapers
Onlookers look at massive mural of industrial looking skyscrapers

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Getting there

Berlin is well connected by air to most of Europe as well as the rest of the world. To get to Hackescher Markt, you can take the S-Bahn (Routes: S3, S5, S7, S9, S75) or Tram (Routes: 12, M1, M4, M5, M6, M8, M10) or Bus.

What to do

You can spend a leisurely afternoon ambling about in the various lanes and admiring art. Though I didn’t visit its more famous attraction, MonsterKabinett, I’ve heard it’s an interesting exhibit.

Where to stay

Berlin has loads of stay options ranging from hostels to luxury hotels. I stayed at the Courtyard Marriott on Axel-Springer Straße (Rooms from ₹ 6,500) because of it’s relative proximity to Museum Island and Checkpoint  Charlie. Other options include the Circus Hotel (Rooms from ₹ 9,000) and Generator Hostel (Rooms from ₹ 3,500) in Mitte.

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