Zurich, like many cities around the world, has a vibrant street art and graffiti scene.
Sure, if you ride the train into Zurich, you will likely only see vandalism and overtures of love for the local football club.
However, over the years, the city has transformed from viewing graffiti as a mere act of vandalism to acknowledging it as a legitimate form of art and self-expression.
You can now see some stunning pieces of graffiti art all over the city. Some of it is very prominent, while others require a little more work to find.
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Legal Spaces For Graffiti in Zurich
Recognizing the talent and the cultural importance of graffiti, Zurich has designated certain areas where artists can paint without fear of legal repercussions.
These areas act as open-air galleries, constantly changing and evolving.
Some of the popular areas to find street art in Zurich include Hardplatz, Rote Fabrik, and the districts of Zurich West and Langstrasse.
One of the more notable areas where graffiti (or spraying!) is allowed is in the Rote Fabrik. If you have never been there, it is a place where a huge range of cultural and other events take place throughout the year.
And yes, it is mostly in an old red factory. They have been allowing graffiti for over a decade now and even have a helpful PDF showing where you can spray around the area.
There is another large wall near the bridge in Hardplatz which also has a map from Stadt Zurich on where you can graffiti there.
Notable Graffiti Artists In Zurich
One of the most notable graffiti artists in Zurich over the years is Harald Naegeli. He is known for his simple stick figure graffiti that can be found all over the city. But to many, his work is nothing short of vandalism.
Another famous pair of local graffiti artists in Zurich is called One Truth. The pair, Dr.Drax and Pase, are renowned for their stunning mega-murals on large buildings in Zurich and their work is a sight to behold.
If you want to see one of One Truth’s works you can head to
- Rötelstrasse 98
- end of Sihlpromenade
- Gotthelferstrasse 53
- Wehntalerstrasse 312 ,Affoltern
See some examples of One Truth’s work.
Partrik REDL Wehl also has some stunning pieces in Zurich, and all over the world. The one in the featured/top image in this post is an example you can see from the bridge over Bahnhof Enge where the tram passes.
Map of Graffiti Art in Zurich
There is a fantastic open map of graffiti art in Zurich that you can use to find many of these pieces. I used it to take most of the photos in this post.