I am currently discovering my native country Germany through hitchhiking and CouchSurfing with a friend every time we get a few days off work.

This time we headed to Germany’s wild wild East, so far unknown to us. We ended up in Dresden and Leipzig and discovered that the difference between East and West Germany is definitely still strong, though long gone is the wall that once divided Germany.

Lack of money and the exodus to West Germany led to a lot of derelict buildings, abandoned factories, and empty apartment blocks. These desolate spaces and cheap living costs are attracting artists and creative people who have, by covering buildings in stencils, murals, tags, and collages, made their city to their canvas.

It was hard to credit the artists of the pieces included here, so if anyone has any information, please let us know in the comments below.

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Street art in East Germany

Copper plates with Hindu symbols are attached to a rainbow-coloured wall in Leipzig's Feinkost Genossenschaft, a courtyard of independent boutiques. Karl-Liebknecht Strasse, 04107, Leipzig.

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Street art in East Germany

A copper stenciled elephant in Leipzig's Feinkost Genossenschaft. Karl-Liebknecht Strasse, 04107, Leipzig.

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Street art in East Germany

A mural in Dresden's Neustadt (New City), a neighborhood full of bars, cafes, restaurants and shops.

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Street art in East Germany

A cheerful mural in Dresden's Neustadt.

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Street art in East Germany

Anne-Kathrin Haertel and Linda Mueller are responsible for the striking exterior of Lolli's Homestay Hostel. Goerlitzer Strasse 34, 01099, Dresden.

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Street art in East Germany

The instantly recognizably Pulp Fiction stencil is all over Dresden.

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Street art in East Germany

I found the “Dalang Denken” scribble in Dresden which means “Think Over There”.

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Street art in East Germany

A blackboard graffiti wall in in Dresden's “Neustadt.”

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Street art in East Germany

Annette Paul, Christoph Roßner and André Tempel designed this rain drain art that can be found in Dresden's “Kunsthof Passage,” a courtyard full of art, installations, independent boutiques, and cafes. Come rain this installation turns into a performance appealing to both eyes and ears.

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Street art in East Germany

Street art depicting pictures from the DDR (German Democratic Republik) Alaunstrasse, 01099 Dresden.

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Street art in East Germany

East German street artist Joerg Steinhof's elephant in Feinkost Genossenschaft's courtyard. Karl-Liebknecht Strasse, 04107, Leipzig.

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Street art in East Germany

Colourful windmills covering a wall in Feinkost Genossenschaft's courtyard. Karl-Liebknecht Strasse, 04107, Leipzig.

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Street art in East Germany

Silhouettes in Feinkost Genossenschaft's courtyard. Karl-Liebknecht Strasse, 04107, Leipzig.

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Street art in East Germany

Chubby tourists by street artist Fatal at Feinkost Genossenschaft's courtyard. Karl-Liebknecht Strasse, 04107, Leipzig.

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Street art in East Germany

Edvard Munch's scream reproduced in Dresden's Neustadt.

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