Germanic Street Signs: A Mix of Old & New~

I promised you more of the intricate and immensely charming Germanic Street signs one finds while strolling in medieval towns. This one is in Nuremburg Germany.


New Merchants have continued the medieval sign tradition in these remarkable old towns. Bamburg Germany.
Some are clearly newer. Melk Austria.

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In Medieval times, many people were illiterate, hence the necessity for the visual imagery of these signs. Krems Austria.

Maintaining the tradition of advertising with these signs gives one the incredible feeling of walking back in time. Regensburg Germany.
This sign is on Albrecht Durer Street in Nuremburg, Durer’s home town.

Some signs are clearly older. Passau Germany.

I am impressed with the care taken by people in these old towns, over generations, to preserve these amazing art forms for us to wander by and admire. Passau Germany.

It is also heartening to see newer signs keeping the art form alive. Passau Germany.

Cheers to you from Germany & Austria’s wonderful artisan signs~

184 thoughts on “Germanic Street Signs: A Mix of Old & New~

  1. Pingback: Germanic Street Signs: A Mix of Old &Β New~ | MadeleineMaya

  2. Yes, thanks for pointing out the link between literacy rates and the need for imagery to help people decipher what the shop or vendor specializes in! That makes sense. What I like about these is that it’s almost as if the images from a fantasy novel sprang out and were displayed in 3D form here! ~Lynn

    1. I know, a lot of fairy tale and biblical fairy tale imagery. Dragons, serpents, and whales swallowing people whole. Children growing up here must have good imaginations! Cheers to you Lynn. <3

  3. Such exquisite work went into the design and crafting of these signs….My thoughts caught for a bit on your observation of illiteracy needing visual imagery….are we moving back in that direction? thanks for the wonderful pix!

    1. Probably. Do you think Trump can read? The problem is we don’t value the artistry. So if we don’t read, and we don’t value artistry, we end with, well……ugly signs and Trump. My bad! You led me into this one!

  4. It is always good to see the old with the new, most people have no remarkable memories like those you photograph. Keep up the flow to those like me that have never seen for myself those sites.

  5. The signs are lovely and I’m sure contribute to the feel of going back in time. Love the symbolism in many of them. No wonder you enjoy wandering those streets πŸ™‚

  6. Thanks for pointing out these very artistic signs, Cindy. Not only were your post on signs beautiful but they also gave me a new perspective on looking at signs in my own environment.

  7. Every time when we go to Germany/Austria we observe their original and inviting signs, which are much more likely to seduce me seem than a lettered metal sign! Thank you very much for this impressive pictures.

    1. It is sunny here at The Holler. Let’s trade, just until it rains. I’ll take the gloom and hope for rain, and you can have the endless sunshine. Where oh where are the el nino rains??? Hope the sun shines for you soon my friend~

  8. It always seems to me that there is something classic and classy about iron work, whether it is on a sign, a fence or a balcony. It evokes a sense of history for me. Thanks for sharing, Cindy. –Curt

    1. I know there is a museum in Austria that houses some of the older medieval ones. People who want to acquire an old one, must pay a very dear amount. Even just having a new one built is pricely, so you can see the communal committment to preserving the art form.

    1. You can find these signs in many old medieval towns all over Europe. The largest collection of conserved signs are in German speaking countries which is a visual feast because one cobblestone street my have 20 signs on it.

  9. Loved ’em all, Cuz. They not only have a look, but also a voice that speaks to the eyes. I’m beginning to believe that the more modern and contemporary we become, the less intelligent and artistic we become. πŸ™‚

  10. It’s delightful to see that modern merchants are so committed to carrying on the tradition of the shop sign. The medieval ones, however, have an intricacy to them and a way of telling a story that doesn’t get replicated with the modern versions. Lovely capture of the wreath and lantern one in Krems, Austria.

  11. Looking at some of your last postings I do have the impression you are taking a similar boat-trip as we did this Summer, going from Amsterdam up to Budapest. It was given to me and my wife by our Canadian uncle who was with us and his sister (my wife’s mother). It was really a grand experience, leaving us with some very nice reflections and pictures to keep in our head forever. (Though I must admit sometimes I seem to forget much easier.)

    1. Yes, exactly what we did! It does take you to some incredible places. We stayed in Amsterdam and Budapest before and after. It was particularly lovely with all The Christmas Markets, and no tourists since it was late November. Be well my friend and so happy to learn I was following in your footsteps!

      1. OH we need some bling to wash away all the bright lights of our now busy shopping area I loved it more when I came here in the 80’s so I do what I can to make tiny spots with the #gardenclub shine brighter this year all the Roses will be so beautiful.

    1. You are very kind Sherri and I am very much looking forward to meeting your daughter here in blogdom. Let me know her blog link when she is up and running and tell her Welcome for me! Merry Christmas Sherri~ <3

        you can comment if you like…she started it and got 10 likes…There is a gal that is helping her…but a comment from you my dear friend would be so nice…she has had her knocks for sure…
        Cindy are wordpress doing something different they seem as though I can put the links but not the pictures..Hmm
        thank you,
        Merry Christmas
        with love for you and your family..

      2. I will check out her blog Sherri, thank you for the suggestion. WordPress is always doing something different. I have learned to ignore it. Be well my friend and Merry Christmas!

  12. I enjoyed looking at the elaborate new signs and ornate old signs. My Grandma came over from Germany but I enjoy all European photos and the major trip to see all the countries there is on my ” master bucket list” Cindy. I was blessed with low costs for students trips in H.S. and made it to Valencia, Barcelona, Madrid, and the gorgeous island of Mallory in Spring, 1974 with Spanish Club. πŸ™‚

    1. You are speaking to the Queen of typos so no worries Robin. We have been to Spain a couple times but never made it to Valenica, Madrid or Mallorca, and will go to these places in the spring. You were lucky to see them in HS! Happy New Year dear Robin~

  13. Thank you for the fine photographs that reflect pride in one’s past and the desire to maintain such worthy values. Once when at Plymouth (Massachusetts) Plantation and looking at the way of life for the pilgrims (half of whom died in the first winter), I noticed some German tourists (they really get around.) I thought, we take pride in the age of this plantation, and they are probably thinking that we Germans had been brewing centuries before. Not just Lowenbrau. “Zum Albrecht Durer. JW. Augustiner Brau Munchen gegrundet 1328”

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