In one of my frequent photo walks around Luzern, I discovered Steinenstrasse. A small and narrow, but very pretty and so amazingly colourful street. A hidden gem in downtown Luzern.
You can find it not far away from Löwenplatz, off Zürichstrasse. And if you look at the photos you may agree with me that this little street looks like Portbello Road in London's hippy Notting Hill Gate!
Although it looks like a quiet back alley, Steinenstrasse is vibrant and pulsates with life. With a handful of creative sector firms, few bohemic and vintage shops along with Radio 3FACH and a couple of restaurants, Steinenstrasse seems to have a very interesting story, which goes back to the 70s.
It was around in 1975 when the Luzern's city council encouraged the district associations to make a contribution to the beautification of the city, with a view to its 800th anniversary.
As the motto was “courage to color”, the luzernermaler association (then the master painter association of Lucerne and the surrounding area) initiated the colorful painting of the Steinenstrasse houses. The wall at the end of the street, however, remained gray.
As a result, the Hochwacht neighborhood association invited the artist and graphic designer Werner Vogel to design a mural. Since then, the image has been part of the neighborhood's identity. The mural is a snapshot of the street in 1978. Vogel photographed the street from below and painted it again in mirror image. The image was then enlarged to 20 meters.
(for more on Steinenstrasse visit https://www.prosteinenstrasse.ch/)