Couple in front of street art at the Keilewerf Rotterdam
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Category:Arts and Culture in the Netherlands

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 here some great examples. 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 all kinds of COVID-19 and war-related murals are appearing on walls worldwide. Militant, as a warning, or full of hope and love, ranging from characters wearing facemasks to tangled toilet paper roll and Ukrainian flags..

Check out the Street Art tips for the Netherlands.

Hanseatic cities

From March 2022 onwards, countless street art works will be installed in Dutch and German Hanseatic cities. In all, the ‘De Strakke Hand’ art collective will create 10 murals in the Dutch Hanseatic cities and 4 in the German ones. Would you like to follow the project up close? Follow @DiscoverHansa on Instagram and find out what street art to see in which Hanseatic city.


In 2022, a mural in Tilburg was elected as the world's most beautiful. An international audience overwhelmingly voted for the mural from a selection of artworks from ten countries. The piece, created by Studio Giftig and aptly named Trashure, portrays a woman jumping around in a dress made of plastic trash. By doing so, the creators want to show that there is no such thing as trash and that every piece of waste deserves a second life. If you are looking for more street art in Tilburg, you should grab a bike or walk from Central Station and discover the Street art route. Not only will you pass by beautiful murals, but also the Wilhelminapark and Museum de Pont.


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 Museum for Graffiti and Street Art. 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, The Hague and Delft 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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