There’s a street on the east side of Dusseldorf where the houses along the block have all been painted by street artists. The street name is Kiefernstraße, or translated by Google – Pine Street. To get to the street I took a tram for about 25 minutes outside the city center where I was definitely the only tourist in the neighborhood. I walked up and down the street taking pictures of the houses while several people hung out of their windows above and watched me the whole time. As a side note I was listening to DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing album – which is a fantastic album, especially when roaming around a strange and possibly dodgy neighborhood being stared at by strangers.
Wikipedia tells me in badly translated German to English “In the pine street live 800 inhabitants from up to 45 different nationalities and social groups. The former squatters living on the street with the odd numbers.”
So, I don’t know all that much about the neighborhood or the street other than it’s probably the best street in Dusseldorf and there may or may not be squatters living in the buildings.
To get to this street take the #706 tram to the Fichtenstraße stop. Get off and walk down Fichtenstraße a block and it’s right there on the left.