Street art or Graffiti art murals on the walls make the place vibrant and also give a specific character. When you travel, then you find many interesting and unique street art adorning the walls all around the world. So in the post, I will present some of my favorite and best street art tours in the world – a virtual tour of Graffiti art murals. The street art movement officially started in the 1960s in Philadelphia, but many forms of wall art or murals are existing for ages. So street though a popular art form got its name in the 1900s but in various forms, it was existing in historical ages too. People used to paint their houses, walls, exteriors in many interesting forms.
Being an avid art lover and creating some art pieces, I love to admire street art or graffiti art murals around the world. Every art mural have deep or significant underlying meaning or message.
There are 7 different types of Street art |Street Art Tour In The World – Virtual Tour Of Graffiti Art Murals
- Graffiti – A most ancient and historical form of street art or wall paintings.
- Sculptures – 3D sculptures that are carved, sculpted, modeled, and then cast are erected at many public squares, buildings, etc.
- Poster Art – 2D drawings first either drawn or printed on paper/cloth are then glued to walls.
- 3D Wall Graffiti – a 3D Art form in which objects appear to be popping out from walls.
- Sticker Street Art – Eye-catching stickers of different sizes are glued on walls or building exteriors.
- Spray Paint Murals – Abstract Art form in which painting on walls or objects is done by directly spraying paints from bottles, instead of a brush.
- Sideway Chalk Art – Realistic images on Sidewalks which give a feeling of a real person or object standing there.
Let’s take a Street Art Tour In The World – Virtual Tour Of Graffiti Art Murals
USA – NORTH AMERICA
Chicago is a canvas of street art with 40,000 sq.ft. of street art. You can find amazing art works in Chicago throughout the city.
You can find most of the Chicago murals located in three distinct neighborhoods:
- the South Loop (on Wabash),
- Milwaukee Ave (from Wicker Park to Logan Square) and
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NEW YORK CITY (NYC), USA
NYC is known for its wonderful art galleries worldwide and also for vibrant artistic vibes. So not only this city has art galleries but many streets and buildings are covered with lovely murals and colorful street art.
You can find most of the NYC murals or street art located in –
- The Bushwick Collective,
- Lower East Side to include East Harlem, North Shore on Staten Island and
- The Little Caribbean (Flatbush) area of Brooklyn,
- The Lower East Side’s Freeman Alley,
- Graffiti Hall of Fame, Harlem, Manhattan,
- Welling Court Mural Project, Queens.
Champaign being a University county or town is famous for its world famous University – UIUC and so the street art of this University town has mural art with University as theme.
You can find most of the Champaign – Urbana murals located in distinct neighborhoods
- Campus Town
- Bars, restaurant walls and alleys in the University area
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You will find amazing Mural art works in Lincoln city of Springfield and also a capital city of Illinois, US.
You can find most of Springfield murals located in distinct neighborhoods
- Many colorful walls across the museum when you walk toward the Old State Capitol.
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BUFFALO, NEW YORK
I have found wonderful and vibrant murals in Buffalo. This city has some of the most vibrant and brilliant street art that will amaze you. If you are visiting Buffalo and Niagara Falls, New York, then check out the various forms of public art, including wall murals and sculptures outside the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo.
You can find most of the Buffalo murals located in distinct neighborhoods
- 72 Jewett. 74 Jewett Avenue. Buffalo
- Balancing Act II., Brayton Street.
- Dance Everyday, East Delavan Avenue.
- Dream Keepers, Main Street.
- Freedom Wall. East Ferry Street & Michigan Avenue.
- Greetings from Buffalo, Washington Street.
- Griffis Sculpture Park, Mill Valley Road.
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Prague is a historical, charming, romantic, rustic, lively, ancient and modern city. Prague was founded in the 9th century and was the capital of the Bohemian Empire. Prague Foot Tours are very famous along the cobbled streets along with historical ancient buildings. As this vibrant city is famous for beer too, you would find many paintings with beer as focus. These lovely city has many colorful alleys with ancient style of graffiti and also urban modern art.
You can find most of the Prague murals located in distinct neighborhoods
- Barrandoský Most (Barrandov Bridge)
- Gymnázium Přípotoční
- The Lennon Wall.
Salzburg is one of the most beautiful cities towards the north of Alps. Salzburg lies in the scenic Alpine surroundings, have well-preserved ancient city centers, baroque-medieval styled architectural buildings, the birthplace of a famous composer – MOZART. Salzburg city was a set for a very famous musical Hollywood film – “The Sound of Music”. Salzburg has an artistic lifestyle with music in the air, ancient cobbled streets surrounded by the Austrian style of restaurants, cafes, and marketplaces.
You can find most of the Salzburg murals located in distinct neighborhoods
- Salzburg’s Historic Distric.
- The alley of Steingasse (previously it was red light area of Salzburg)
The most famous town in Bavaria with stunning mountain views, splendid nature, the unparalleled beauty of the countryside, lovely painted houses reconnects us with beautiful pristine nature.
You can find most of the Garmisch murals located in distinct neighborhoods
- Mostly all traditional styled German homes in the city center.
- Ludwigstrasse – famous for beautiful painted murals or luftlmaleteien on the building facades which is a traditional Bavarian style
Seville is a flamboyant, cultural and historic city of Southern Spain’s Andalusia region. Read this post to know about the best things to do in Cultural Seville – Spain. No trip to Spain is complete without doing this trip because of it’s rich cultural and historical value in Andalusia region of Spain . It is believed that this cultural city of Spain is founded by Greek god Hercules about 3000 years back. This city is famous for flamenco dance and also has a rich Moorish heritage. This region is well known for hand made brightly colored ceramic tiles and pottery work. These tiles are adorned on walls of palaces, houses, and floors of each and every corner of this city. So you will find painted tiled walls on many corners, passages or city squares. Spot some amazing tiled exteriors all around the city.
You can find most of the Seville murals located in distinct neighborhoods:
- The Poligono de San Pablo
- The east bank of the Guadalquivir river, between the Plaza de Armas bus station
- The Puente de Alamillo bridge.
It is a beautiful city with a perfect combination of ancient, medieval and modern cultures with sunny beaches, science centers, and quaint streets.
You can find most of the Valencia murals located in distinct neighborhoods:
- Central Market.
- Old historic city center
Malaga is the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and so it has a museum of his artworks. Art lovers from all over the world visit here. Malaga has a combination of beautiful landscapes and scenery, cultural and historical places making it a perfect blend of modern and traditional place. Not only this city is famous for beaches but also for beautiful artworks, colorful buildings and bars. You can spot unique wall facades, bar exteriors with painted exteriors. The art work here is done intricately and more conservatively instead of urban street art.
You can find most of the Malaga murals located in distinct neighborhoods:
- The Soho district.
- Exteriors of Bars, buildings in historic town center.
Ukrainian Capital – Kiev’s street art scene is vibrant, bold, striking which adorns the city buildings, narrow lanes, hidden courtyards, etc. After famous Ukraine’s revolution about 3 to 4 years ago, the Government of Ukraine invited local and international artists to create huge murals adorning the city walls. After 2014, large murals started dominating the building facades, narrow lanes, and underways of Kiev/Kyiv. This initiative in art had brought Kiev dominating in International Street Art map of the world. There are about 153 major artworks created by 32 artists of different nationalities across whole Kiev city. During this Kiev Murals Street Art Walking Tour, you can admire how ordinary buildings are transformed into spectacular and colorful. This art revolution brought a vibrant spark in Kiev city.
- The very famous and one of the first mural of Kyiv/Kiev – “REVIVAL”
It was created by Ukrainian and French artist combination named Sevastopol Alexey Kislov and Julien Mullan and known as Seth Land.
This was created during “French spring” in 2014. This mural depicts the true revival spirit of Ukraine.
- Located on an old building façade at Velyka street. A lady with beautiful thoughts springing in form of flowers.
Other famous Kiev murals Street art Walking Tour are
- “The Cyclist” by Emmanuel Jarus
- BereGuinya by Mata Puda (Costa Rica)
- Portrait of Ukrainian Poetess
- Mural Freedom
- Mural of Ukrainian Athlete
There are many murals all over Kiev and therefore to cover them you need walking street tours, public transport, car/taxi. Many tour operators also provide Kiev city Street Art Tour, but it can be done by self-tour too. Kiev Mural Street Art is covering 285 sq.kms. area(approximately).
Lviv – a multi-cultural city of western Ukraine was one of the major city situated on two trade routes in medieval Europe. Lviv influenced many powers from time to time from Hungarian rule to Austrian rule to Tsar’s Russia to Polish rule to USSR rule to Nazi Germany, again to USSR and now a part of independent Ukraine. This beautiful cultural city of Lviv, lies on foothills of Carpathian mountains is located in western Ukraine at a distance of 70km from Poland has charming city squares, surrounded by bright colored Baroque styled buildings, cobblestoned streets, 60 museums, 100 cathedrals/churches and numerous unique restaurants/bars.
You can find most of the Lviv murals located in distinct neighborhoods:
- Chornomors`ka str
- Sians`ka str
- Old Historic town center of Lviv
Athens known as an historical and cultural city has lovely street art too. This city is perfect balace of ancient civilization’s ruins with amalgamation of urban and modern art too. It is a vibrant street art scene with giant murals and graffiti tags. Old crumbling facades display some urban art scenes with some erotic street art too.
You can find most of the Athens murals located in distinct neighborhoods:
- Anafiotika and
- Gazi, which is very close to another area full of street art: Metaxourgeio district
Istanbul’s street art is as vibrant as it this city’s cultural vibes. Not only cultural but also you can spot urban art on the walls of this city. Istanbul has wonderful colorful alleys, passages, building exteriors, walls painted with many interesting themes. Apart from all tourist attractions, I would suggest, to spare one day to explore some artistic alleys of Istanbul
You can find most of the Istanbul murals located in distinct neighborhoods:
- Near Galata tower
DUBAI, MIDDLE EAST
Dubai is glittering with luxury high rises, gold souks, luxury malls, diversity, and many famous art-galleries. But not only art-galleries, exhibitions, festivals are popping in Dubai city but Dubai Municipality is gearing with many colorful themes to paint the town in vibrant hues. They are now focusing on creating permanent colorful murals on buildings, corners, under the bridges, staircases, public places, parking areas which makes Dubai more interesting. These permanent colorful artforms comprise of traditional & cultural art, contemporary art, geometric & 3D art, and even sculptures too. So now whenever in future you are visiting Dubai then look out for vibrant art forms on some walls or corners. I bet, you will find a perfect Instagrammable spot with these art forms.
You can find most of the Dubai murals located in distinct neighborhoods:
- JBR The Walk
- La Mer Beach
- Dubai City Walk
- Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhoods
- Design District.
Art Exhibition or Art Display on International Airport sounds something unique and interesting. But what a great way to experience art and culture tour on Airport while waiting for next flight or during entering or exiting the airport. Art and culture tour always depict the glorious past and present of a particular country and therefore JayaHe GVK museum at Mumbai International Airport showcases India at one place. In India, we celebrate each passage of time, in travel and there are many rituals associated with it from ancient times to the modern era. This art museum takes you the special colorful journey to multiple eras of India. Mumbai is known for famous artists, art schools and art galleries worldwide.
You can see around 5500 artifacts from 1000’s of artisans which are spread across a span of 3.2 kms.
You can find most of the Mumbai murals located in distinct neighborhoods:
- Dharavi Walking tour.
- The wall project in Bandra – Street art on Chapel Road.
Melbourne is internationally known for its Graffiti urban art scene. Not only walls are painted with vibrant hues, this city has amazing art galleries and have wonderful cultural vibes. Melbourne is also known as the art and culture capital of Australia.
You can find most of the Mumbai murals located in distinct neighborhoods:
- Hosier Lane.
- Meyers Place.
- Centre Place.
- AC/DC Lane.
- Caledonian Lane.
- Croft Alley nearby Little Bourke Street.
- Duckboard Place.
- CBD’s western edge
Basic Tips for Street Art Tour In The World – Virtual Tour Of Graffiti Art Murals
- Most of all street art/Graffit art murals installed at public places are free to be admired and you don’t have to spend to admire street art.
- If you want to know the story behind every mural, then hire a local guide or street art tour provider.
- Street Art tour can be done best by walking tours. Wear comfortable footwear if planning for walking street art tour.
- Appreciate the art and sentiments behind the artworks.
- Do not destroy or try to litter the art work.
- You can always download street art map app of that particular city, which you taking tour to locate mural art easily. There are certain local apps on street art tour which guides you properly on how to locate these huge art works with proper map co-ordinates.
OTHER FAMOUS CITIES FOR STREET ART IN THE WORLD
- Mexico City, Mexico.
- Los Angeles, California.
- Berlin, Germany.
- San Francisco, California.
- Barcelona, Spain.
- Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- Delhi, India.
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Awesome blogpost! Gr Stef
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These are some impressive murals. Thanks for posting them.
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These murals are very well done. The list you put together is a great to have when traveling to these interesting places. Thank you for posting this.
I LOVE street art so this post was super helpful! So many places I need to add to my list.
I love this!! Street art really brings out the city’s personality. Can’t wait to locate some of these pieces on our travels!
Like you, I love street art and seek it out when we travel. There is such variety here, and many places I haven’t been, making it even more fun to see the art.
So much gorgeous street art. I love the flamingo one. If you ever make it to Ireland Belfast has some pretty impressive ones.
Ahhh street art intrigues me so much!! I love how different and yet similar it is all across the world! My favourite that I have seen are in Georgetown, Malaysia!
Very interesting article and certainly stunning art work.
Thanks for finding it interesting.
Even though the basic principle remains the same, each mural has got a different story to tell. I stumbled across some really amazing murals when i was in Bucharest, and found them so intriguing. Really enjoyed reading this Yukti. Definitely made for an awesome mid day read.
I am glad this post made you wander through your memory lanes.
I can’t pick which one is my favorite because they all look wonderful! How cool is it that the local council helped to collaborate with many mural artists and gave them an amazing platform. I realized those graffiti could also be a unique wallpaper prints for office or modern homes.
You have some interesting murals here. My favorite are the 3D ones in Dubai, especially the doll and the giraffe. How the artists moved their creation from a piece of paper to a big wall are amazed me the most.
I love street art. Murals are works of art for me. It is such a great and detailed post with murals from all over the world. Impressive list! It’s so useful when planning a trip! I would love to see murals in New York and Prague. I love “Revival” – the most famous Kiev street art mural painting. It’s beautiful. I would like to see it!
I had no idea that the street art movement started in Philadelphia in the 60s. I also had no idea that there are seven official types of street art. Not only is this post informative, but your photos are really beautiful! Thanks for sharing this 🙂
I always google where to find street art in a city when I travel and add it to my plans. With so many festivals in the last years, the amount and quality of the murals is incredible. I’m in love with the “Revival” mural in Kiev and was surprised Dubai has murals. Thanks for sharing your great finds
I love street art especially when it placed in strategic and proper locations. So far my favorite is the one from Chicago. The one from Champaign Illinois is also meaningful and a great reminder for all.
I have heard about the street art scene in Ukraine and I am looking forward to witnessing it personally in the future.
Good to know you love street art.
You do know that I love street-art and wherever I go, I spend some time for those. Right now, with the very limited travels, I’m grateful to you for bringing such gorgeous street-art to my home!
First of all, thanks for explaining the 7 types of Street-art techniques. I didn’t know about that.
Chicago’s ‘Meaning of Life’ art looks awesome! Prague is definitely known for its gorgeous street-art. I loved it there. I didn’t know Dubai has such an incredible street-art scene!
Btw, I welcome you to Belgium. I’m super sure you’ll love it here!
I know you love street art too. Chicago’s Meaning of life showing the CCTV representing some power or God looking on us really touched me. Thanks for welcoming me to Belgium, as I agree that I would this beautiful country. After pandemic, I would surely plan for Belgium.
Street art brings the walls of a destination alive. The UAE ones are amazing – especially the 3D ones. I loved the vibrance of the Mumbai ones. In my travel, I loved the ones in Penang and Varanasi. Both these brought out the culture of the place so well.
Great overview! This whole post reminded me of my time in Georgetown, Malaysia 🙂
Great post! I love street art. I think it’s so beautiful and bring so much uniqueness to the cities. Thank you for sharing this!
Loved this blog! I’m planning to virtual & armchair travel for the remainder of 2020, and street art is one of my favorite parts of big city travel…. so I’m so glad I found your blog. I pinned it to look at again later.
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This is a beautiful collection of street art! I wonder how do you guys discover these murals when you visit a city. I’ve only stumbled accidentally on some, but never found an entire collection. From your list, the one at Mumbai International Airport seems the most elaborate. I also like the one with the giraffe. It’s very imaginative.
I too loved the idea of keeping giants murals on airport as while walking in long queues or waiting for flights, it would be a good time pass to see all these murals on Mumbai’s airport.
Incredible examples here. Im sure street art has improved over the years, i dont remember seeing as good examples as these years ago. I love the ones from Dubai. Melbourne just looks like graffitti!
It was one such street in Phuket, the Sin island of Thailand i remember had this amazing street wall art .. The graffiti and wall painting gave me a glimpse of old Phuket Town and got to know so much .. While i was in Istanbul, turkey i did see some of the Wall art painting in one of the streets .. I don’t remember which one ..but it talked about history. Someday I do wish to visit atleast few of them as you have mentioned.
Your post is a treat to my eyes. Love all the murals especially the one in Prague. Kudos for curating all these beautiful artworks from your holiday albums for us.
You have inspired me to look out for Murals on my travels. I absolutely love the 3D murals in Dubai. I am adding it to the list of things my tour group needs to see in Dubai.
I enjoy so much to find street art wherever I go. It’s one of the most enjoyable and free things to do when traveling, and it always makes for a fantastic photo! I live in New York City, and was so happy that you included my city in your post. We haven’t been traveling, so this will give us something fun to do. I can’t wait to go find the murals featured in your post, thank you!
We love to find street art when we travel. I love the variety you find in the types of street art and the topics for the art. I love this tour around the world to see pieces. I even recognized a few from our travels. I do love when we find a map that locates the street art. I even downloaded an app to help. Walking tours would be a lot of fun too.
Yes Linda, street art map helps a lot as there are many hidden corners with vibrant work.
Great post on street art! I did not know there were so many kinds of graffiti. I love the graffiti art in Philadelphia’s streets. Some of them are the work of very talented artists and are almost 3 dimensional when you view them from far. That picture showing artistic vibes of ancient India in Mumbai airport is indeed detailed and interesting! 🙂
Oh I missed Philly’s street art as I have less time there, but will check now.
One of my favourite sight seeing adventures in a new city is exploring the streets and going street art spotting. You miss so many of these if you take trams, buses, or subways … but on foot, you get to see so much, and they’re really an important part of a city’s personality.
Yes Jay, by taking a foot or walking tour in a new city has its own charm. We see the city by feeling it while walking in the streets.
What a beautiful overview of Street Art! I did not know there were so many categories. Love the Street Art in Prague. Brought back memories of Chicago – the street art at Wabash and Milwaukee is beautiful. London is popular for its Street Art as well especially Leake Street Tunnel.
It’s more recent years I’ve discovered more street art. Is it because my interest has developed or is it that there’s just more of it? …love it all and like you write it’s something you can enjoy for free.
I agree Justine, nowadays interest in street art is picking up. May be social media is responsible for it. LOL
I would now have to visit London to check those lovely works. I too loved Chicago’s mural art.
Lovely post! I came across some beautiful graffiti art in Berlin and Brussels and this post exactly transported me back to that sight. Really liked the one you put up here in Prague, Dubai & campus town!
Thanks Aradhana for loving it. Berlin’s street art is high on my bucket list.
Wow, what a great overview of street art around the world. I’ve been to some of the places you mention, but didn’t have a chance to view the street art. I also recommend Berlin as a great city for street murals–there’s a one mile wall covered with murals in this city.