I’m a sucker for street art and when I learned there was a big mural by Belgian artist ROA in Cologne, Germany, I made sure to visit on my recent trip. The mural was created during the 2011 CityLeaks Festival—an urban art festival each year. The organization behind the arts festival also runs weekly tours each Sunday—most of which are in the Ehrenfeld neighborhood. Though their schedule is sporadic (and doesn’t seem to be on during winter), so make sure you check their website for details.
Ehrenfeld was probably my favorite discovery in Cologne. The eclectic neighborhood has everything from international/ethnic restaurants to free book depositories (just make sure you leave something in return). There are numerous cafes and bars as well, so the area just on the outskirts of central Cologne remains lively as much during the day as in the evening. To explore the street art in Ehrenfeld, just take the S-bahn to Köln-Ehrenfeld station. Along the walls you’ll find plenty of murals and this piece by ROA is just a short 5-minute walk away (at Senefelderstrasse 5). There’s also a pretty awesome live music venue their at the bahnhof: appropriately called Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld.
More photos from my trip to Cologne can be found on Flickr. But really: I’m just curious what you think or ROA’s rabbit. It’s a strange looking thing, isn’t it?