The Secret Underground Graffiti of Worringer Platz
Did you have any idea there is a secret tunnel under Worringer Platz?
Probably not, because you can't access it, but I can show you some photos if you'd like?
Did you know that is a secret underground tunnel below the Worringer Platz that is home to some of the city's coolest graffiti dating back to the 80’s?
Probably not, but why? Simple and sad, because you don’t have access to it.
There are only a few special occasions which enable the city of Düsseldorf to unlock the passageway and take the curious and daring underground to explore the secret graffiti of Worringer Platz.
January 16, 2017, was that special day for #Urbanana as they held their first press release tour, sharing all the wonderful things #Urbanana taking place this year in North Rhine-Westphalia. What’s more "urban" than a secret underground tour of the Worringer Platz graffiti?
That’s what I thought too.
During the first press release stop of the day in Düsseldorf, press and attendees were invited to throw on some scrubs and take the rare opportunity to explore the graffiti tunnels under Worringer Platz.
This left me wondering… why are there unused tunnels under Worringer Platz anyway?
Well, it just so happens that there is more history to Worringer Platz than meets the eye.
The name of the square all stems from one of the bloodiest battles in the Middle Ages which took place in 1288 close to the district of Worringen in Cologne. This was the battle that won the Count of Düsseldorf the right to build their village along the mouth of the Düssel River.
In remembrance of battle won, the city renamed their Ringstrasse, one of the city's busiest roads, to Worringer Platz in 1906.
Due to the traffic and tram congestion on the main square of Worringer Platz, the city built underground tunnels for pedestrians to cross. The underground tunnels were a hot spot for robbery, violence, and graffiti, so many pedestrians chose to cross the road instead of using the newly built underground tunnels. In 1994, the underground pedestrian pass was closed and never reopened.
While it is a shame to have unused space, something marvelous came out of the closing of the underground passage.
This tunnel is now a time capsule filled with incredible graffiti from the 80’s and 90’s.
However, it is a time capsule unavailable to the public and is still a mystery to many.
Don’t worry, though, I decided to share a few photos to give you a sneak peek of what is hidden in the tunnel under Worringer Platz.
Bright and full of life, there a numerous different styled and textured graffiti pieces covering the walls of the tunnel. Unharmed by natural weather conditions, this space comes to life much like it did in the 80’s.
Want some good news? There's more urban art around Düsseldorf that you can explore on your own!
There is a super neat website called 40° Urban Art Düsseldorf which allows you the opportunity to find all the coolest urban art spaces around the city. The website offers an interactive map where you can click on the dots and find your next exploration!
Written by Jenna Davis | Life in Düsseldorf