German artist Horst Glasker has shared his love of colour with this entire Wuppertal neighborhood by painting the façade of each step in this monumental 112-step stairway a different shade. Named Scala, the brightly coloured stairs, by themselves, add a whimsical spark to an otherwise monochromatic landscape.
But there’s even more to love about their makeover—each step front is stenciled with a single word that describes the human condition and its variant experiences, i.e., sympathy, dance, affection, love, seduce, doubt, passion (and a bunch of words that totally didn’t make sense in my translator tool!). Travel + Leisure magazine named Scala (which means staircase in Italian) as one of the World’s Coolest Staircases. Who knew they had awards for stuff like that? So glad Glasker’s steps made the list.