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Dead Chicken Alley


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Discovering hidden treasures in Berlin...

Translated by Anthony Cullen — 5 months ago

Original text by Laura Castellanos

In this experience post I'm going to tell you about one of the loveliest and most storied places in Berlin: Dead Chicken Alley.

The alley is located at 39 Rosenthaler Str. , which is about a 15-minute walk from the famous Alexanderplatz. It might not seem all that hard to find, after all it has a pretty specific address. So what could go wrong? Well, Rosenthaler Str. is a road with so many people, bars and restaurants that even if you go down it a thousand times, you might be entirely unaware that just behind one of the buildings lies one of the most magical places in Berlin.

When you go down Dead Chicken Alley you'll be amazed at all the graffiti on the walls. But... why is it there? Well, the alley was bought by some guys during the Nazi regime, when there was no freedom of expression. They decided to buy the alley so that they could paint whatever they wanted. And from that, it became a place dedicated to self-expression.

Discovering hidden treasures in Berlin...

Discovering hidden treasures in Berlin...

Discovering hidden treasures in Berlin...

Discovering hidden treasures in Berlin...

Discovering hidden treasures in Berlin...

Discovering hidden treasures in Berlin...

Discovering hidden treasures in Berlin...

Discovering hidden treasures in Berlin...

Discovering hidden treasures in Berlin...

Discovering hidden treasures in Berlin...

What's more, there are two bars in the alley where you can sit down and have a drink for a pretty affordable price. There's one at the entry to the alleyway and one at the end. I personally think the one at the end is the best because you can see the paintings and street art better from there.

The alleyway is also where you'll find the Anne Frank museum.

Nowadays, millions of tourists come to visit the alley, and while it may not only be packed with art lovers, everybody loves to look at the art and all the minute details. When I was in Berlin I visited Dead Chicken Alley about four times, and everytime I went back I found something new, from little drawings to a picture of somebody painted a little differently to the last time.

If you want to know more about Berlin, I made a video where you can also see what the alleyway is like.

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