Street-Art in Bayern: Hier ein Wandgemälde in Erlangen

Street Art? A Bavarian Invention!

So you think street art was invented in the New York Bronx or East London? You’re way off. Bavaria’s first street artist, the fresco painter Franz Seraph Zwinck, was born in 1748.

Ever since, creative Bavarians such as fresco painter Bernhard Rieger and numerous graffiti artists have been decorating the villages and towns of their homeland. They take grey walls and have them tell colourful, exciting stories.

The European age of graffiti began in Bavaria in the mid-1980s with the “Geltendorf Train”. On the night of 24 March 1985, seven sprayers “decorated” an S4 train at the Geltendorf S-Bahn station over a length of more than 50 metres to create Europe’s first “Whole Train” ...

Street Art: Always Up the Wall!

Beautiful Views!

Colourful paintings on house facades turn some places into veritable open-air galleries. We travelled around Upper Bavaria with artist Bernhard Rieger

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City tour through Nuremberg

A colorful city walk from Gostenhof via Rosenaupark and Hesperidengärten to Wöhrder See Lake. Together with two real insiders

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Mural „Wir sind Langwasser…wir sind bunt”

Street Art in Bavaria

Street art makes grey concrete blossom! Subways and building façades in Bavaria are pimped up legally, often on public commission. 18 must-sees!

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Blick auf den Altar der St. Ludwig Kirche

Look up!

Stroll to the most beautiful churches in Munich. Artist Thomas Neumann shows us the most exciting churches in terms of architecture and art history

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Along the wall!

Bike tour with artist and Bavaria insider Thomas Neumann to Munich's most casual streeta-art-spots. A colourful day across Munich

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Andre Maier: Wandkunst mit historischen Elementen in der Passage des Hotels Münchner Hof in Regensburg

Street artist Andre Maier

Andre Maier is a muralist. He paints works of art several metres high on Regensburg’s walls, making the city a little more colourful

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Künstler Bernhard Rieger arbeitet an einer Lüftlmalerei in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Al Fresco Instead of Spray Cans

The house where Franz Seraph Zwinck was born in Oberammergau was known in the town as “Zum Lüftl”. Here, the young painter gave the Alpine region its first folkloristic fresco. This supposedly gave rise to the German term Lüftlmalerei, or Lüftl painting – in English simply “fresco painting”. Supposedly. Later, he also created frescoes for sacred buildings such as St Martin’s Church in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, wealthy homeowners would commission opulent depictions of biblical scenes and Alpine landscapes as well as classic rustic subjects and mottoes. These fresco paintings are extremely durable because they are applied to the fresh lime plaster. They later silicify and accordingly become very weather-resistant.

Most of the fresco paintings can be admired in Oberammergau, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Mittenwald and Bad-Tölz. But even the Lindau town hall is a fine example of this form of façade art.

For all those creative people among you, fresco painter Bernhard Rieger has created two colouring templates for download: PDF colouring template Home Farmyard | PDF colouring template Idyllic Village

Anything But Ordinary

Creative minds have been shaping Bavaria for centuries. There is a centuries-old tradition of showcasing our homeland artistically. In Bavaria, art is not concealed behind museum walls; it can be found on façades, in tunnels and under bridges in many cities. Sometimes tiny and filigree, sometimes 250 metres long or four storeys high. Sometimes melodious, sometimes made of cow dung.

Daniel Bensmann bemalt Tierhäute mit künstlerischen Motiven

Skin painter Daniel Bensmann

Art as a matter of skin! A visit at Bad Hindelang's tattoo artist, hunter and artist. His speciality? Paintings on animal skins

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Peter Haimerl: Jedes Bauernhaus im Bayerischen Wald fügt sich perfekt in die Landschaft ein

Architect Peter Haimerl

Peter Haimerl breathes new life into old farmhouses. In this way, the architect saves and preservers a piece of Bavarian identity

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Eine ordentliche Ladung Kuhdreck reicht für mindestens zehn Bilder

Art with cow poop by Werner Härtl

The illustrator and artist Werner Härtl paints rural scenes with fresh cow poop as paint and gold leaf for refinement. We looked over his shoulder

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Michael Thalhammer bezieht das verwendete Leder aus der Region

Leather pants tattooist Michael Thalhammer

Michael Thalhammer uses tattoos to bring a whole new glamour to this Bavarian clothing classic. The Lederhosen rebel calls it “Bavarian Surfstyle”

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Sophie Mische: In ihrer Werkstatt fertigt die Töpferin Geschirr und Lampen

Pottery artist Sophie Mische

Bright colours, traditional designs and creative ideas. The ceramic creations of Allgäu’s Sophie Mische radiate pure Alpine feeling

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Florian Blickenberger: Der Schmuckdesigner am Simssee in Oberbayern

Sparkling designs by Florian Blickenberger

Designer Florian Blickenberger continues an old tradition. The inspiration for his work as a jewellery designer comes from his homeland

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Magdalena Paukner: Ausstellung Ihrer 2 m hohen gläsernen Grashalme in den Gläsernen Gärten von Frauenau

Glass art from the Bavarian Forest

Magdalena Paukner's glass art is lovingly detailed. With her very personal handwriting she continues a tradition of the Bavarian Forest

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Sandra Müller, Trachtenschneiderin und Posamentenknopfmacherin

Buttoned down, sewn up!

Traditional costume tailor Sandra Müller from Waldstetten is reviving an almost forgotten Bavarian craft. She makes trimmed buttons

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Not In the Mood for Graffiti and Cherubs?

No problem. In this case, our Bavaria insiders and reporters also have a few great holiday ideas up their sleeves.

Maximiliansstraße in Augsburg

Then off to Bavaria's most beautiful cities!

Bergwanderung über das Hintere Hörnle

And after your meal, head out into nature!

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