Wherever you go in Europe, you’ll likely come into contact with some form of street art. Similar to a country’s cuisine, graffiti is an expression of the place it’s found in, which is why it’s a great idea to carve time out of your trip to visit some of the many stunning street art sites on offer across Europe. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the top five European cities, where you can discover some of the world’s most beautiful street art.
Lodz is often referred to as the capital of urban culture in Poland. Part of this may be attributed to the vibrant art scene, with many intricately designed pieces of street art to marvel at. In Lodz, you can even find a project supported by the Urban Forms Gallery Foundation, which gives a group of artists the opportunity to express themselves via their art. Be sure to pick up a map from the gallery, so you can go and find all of the fantastic pieces they’ve created across the city.
As a city absolutely bursting with both romance and culture, it’s no surprise that Paris is also one of the world’s most celebrated cities for street art. Paris is home to work created by some of the most respected and renowned street artists across the globe, including the DMV crew, Speedy Graphito, Hopare, Levalet and many more. The street art scene in Paris continues to flourish, with gorgeous corners of new art being created across the city every week, making it well worth a visit.
The word graffiti actually comes from the Greek word graphi, which may explain the diverse and exciting selection of street art that can be found all across Athens. To check out some of the stunning pieces created by local talent, take a trip to one of the many small neighbourhoods across the city, including Psiri, Anafiotika, Plaka, Gazi and Exarchia.
The fantastic thing about Ghent is that the city celebrates, rather than incarcerates, its many talented street artists. This makes strolling through the colourful streets a vibrant and engaging experience. If you don’t have much time in the city, but want to get a good look at some of the best graffiti on offer, take a stroll down the Graffitistraatje or Werregarenstraatje alleys, where you can find works created by hundreds of different artists. If you’ve got a bit more time, get tickets for the Concrete Canvas Tour, where you’ll be shown a wide selection of creative masterpieces around the city.
Home to the man that no-one knows, Bristol is a fantastic city for street art. Check out Banksy‘s many works, and make sure you don’t miss out on Up Fest, the annual graffiti art festival held in the centre of Bristol.
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