Area surrounding "Lucky Hans" Fountain
The trendiest district in Stuttgart's old town centre: just a stone's throw from Königstrasse, the area surrounding the "Hans-im-Glück" ("Lucky Hans") fountain has in recent years gained a reputation as the place to go for a good night out. Breakfast under palm trees, lunch in the sun or partying till the early hours of the morning? The charming quarter with its southern flair has all this and more, and can't fail to delight, especially in the summer months. The feeling: dolce vita. The sound: buskers, laughter and snatches of music. The atmosphere: absolutely unique!
The precinct around the "Lucky Hans" fountain was created in its present form just over a century ago, so how is it that the square today still has something of a medieval doll's house? Its gables, roofs and the fountain at its centre are adorned with fairy-tale characters. Its houses stand in modest rows; none obtrudes, none mars the harmony of the quarter. At the time that this inner-city area was undergoing thorough redevelopment, the town planners created an idyll of bourgeois life.
Nowhere else are so many restaurants and bars found crammed into such a small space: there's Austrian cuisine at the "Kottan", informal coffeehouse culture at the "Deli", while the younger generation gather at the "Mata Hari". The square has a sound all of its own: a closely-woven mix of chinking glasses, laughter and the clatter of heels on asphalt.
Six bronze plaques show scenes from the Grimms' fairy tale "Lucky Hans", who found his true fortune only after losing all his worldly possessions. Here, of all places, at the site dedicated to this cheerful "loser", Stuttgart is rich in charm and beauty. The statue on the fountain shows a simple country lad dressed in a short jacket with silver buttons; it was modelled on a boy that the artist happened to meet at the slaughterhouse. Beneath the boy are a pig and six ducklings, from which the water spouts. The rim of the basin supports a cage-like, wrought-iron structure with six bronze roundels depicting scenes from the fairy tale from which it takes its name. The ornate, wrought-iron, domed canopy is surmounted by a lucky four-leaf clover.