Street Art in the Netherlands, from Heerlen to Amsterdam
Many cities are actually huge outdoor museums full of contemporary urban art, with colorful murals, surprising outdoor art, and 3D illusions. Impressively big murals on building walls, or hidden paintings that embellish the area. Bring your camera and shoot the best #streetartselfies.
- Go on a Street Art Tour: on foot or by bicycle, with a route app or a local guide.
- Discover hidden street art and colorful murals.
- Seek out urban vibes, from Heerlen in South Limburg to Amsterdam, the Dutch capital.
Street Art from you home
Take a sneak peek at your Street Art exploration in the Netherlands and view some great examples online. Streetartfrankey’s surprising street art, for instance, will make you smile. Or follow a great digital route through The Hague with the The Hague Street Art Tour. In Heerlen, you can roam the virtual Encore Gallery.
Street Art and current events
The artists also respond to current events, with many Covid19 related paintings appearing on walls throughout the world. Militant, as a warning, or full of hope and love, from figures wearing medical masks to confused toilet paper rolls.
Check out the Street Art tips for the Netherlands.
In Rotterdam, you can go on a tour with a Street Art guide who will lead you through one of several districts in this vibrant city. You will see murals that reflect stories from the neighborhood, for instance, works made by famous local artists, or murals made especially for the building or location. If you would prefer to strike out on your own, download the Rewriters010 app with different routes. The app also shows works that have disappeared by now.
Naturally our capital must be included in the list of Street Art cities. The Moco museum offers a virtual tour with a large number of Banksys. There is also a Street Art Museum. They organize tours to see international works of art in Amsterdam Nieuw-West. In Amsterdam-Noord, the NDSM-werf is a real hotspot for outdoor and street artists.
There are two fantastic locations for outdoor art and Street Art in Eindhoven: Strijp and De Berenkuil. On the former Philips factory site you will find one of the biggest murals, The sound of Strijp S. In all, the work of art is 66 meters long and 11 meters wide. De Berenkuil is a complex of bicycle tunnels and pedestrian paths beneath the Insulindeplein traffic hub, a real hotspot for street artists and the site of the annual Step in the Arena event, with 150 artists from around the world converging to show off their talent. De Berenkuil also honors the ‘transience’ of Street Art: all of the walls are repainted in black before every edition.
Stroll through this creative city and you will see the most beautiful murals and eye-catching outdoor art. A special Street Art event is also held here: the World Street Painting Festival. In the heat of summer, artists from the Netherlands and abroad create 3D illusions on squares and in streets in just five days. The street drawings can be admired for another two months, the perfect opportunity to shoot a selfie as part of the work of art!
More Street Art hotspots
Street Art is everywhere! It is impossible to highlight all of the options but you could certainly put these cities on your travel itinerary. Heerlen for instance, in the southernmost tip of Limburg, claims to be the ‘mural capital of the Netherlands’. What used to be a dun-colored mining town now has a much more colorful ambiance, with dozens of works by famous artists from around the world. You will also find many other forms of street art in Heerlen, so keep an eye out! Den Helder, the naval city at the tip of North-Holland, celebrates a 3D Street Art festival in the inner city in summer. International artists will create five spectacular drawings for the festival. Dordrecht is known primarily as a historic city overlooking the water but it boasts countless contemporary murals. Local artists turn dilapidated buildings and bare walls into colorful works of art. In Utrecht, icons from the 17th century look down on you, including a 30 meter high mural De Fluitspeler (The Flutist) by Abraham Bloemaert, a Caravaggio artist from Utrecht. Breda, Den Bosch and The Hague also boast fantastic examples of street art. There are guided Street Art Tours in many of these places, or you can follow a route individually using an app. Rent a bicycle and explore the city!
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We are currently fighting against the coronavirus too, but that doesn't mean there is nothing to do! You can find more information on this page, from up-to-date information about the current situation in the Netherlands to virtual tours and experiences for a small holiday from your own home!