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.
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~
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Congratulations as always Cindy on your special eye! I can’t imagine how I missed all those fantastic signs in the same German towns!
Clearly you were looking at other beautiful things!
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
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
These are some brilliant images. Amazing! Very beautiful
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!
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!
LOL! Sorry, but you are your own hilarious responsibility!
I know, unfortunately! 😉
they are beautiful and charming! Woof!
Well woof you very much!
Very artistic! Great seeing such beauty from around the world. Have a great week ahead ☺
U 2 & thank you!
Wonderful, Cindy! It’s nice to know the new blend with the old to keep the charm of the towns.
It really adds to the ambience of these wonderful old towns.
Just beautiful! Again, thank you so much for sharing all these awesome adventures. 😀
Thank you more for your kind appreciation~
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.
The maintenance of the traditions is remarkable isn’t it. So happy you enjoyed and thank you~
More great stuff. I’d love to see more of Germany some day. I’ve just seen small bits here and there, and long ago at that.
The big problem with Europe is the more you go, the more you want to see! 😉
Danke, mein lieber Freund!
Beautiful, Cindy. These signs look as though they belong in an art museum. — Suzanne
They do, but it is so lovely to see them in situ where they were intended to be!
Wonderful Cindy. Thank you. Blumen is my favourite 🙂
Hard to resist the Blumen blühen! <3
Awww, so glad you enjoyed~
What a lovely taste of an idyll vacation. Very fun!
So happy you enjoyed & cheers to you!
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 🙂
I especially like everything maintained as much as possible in it’s original manner. It’s something we don’t have in the US.
Beautiful signs. I wish we had some of them here. Wonderful.
It would have been a nice custom to import, along with the pilgirms!
This is a great collection. The signs are so pretty and it’s interesting to know they were used because people were illiterate.
It has the added benefit of providing contemporary tourists who may not speak the language with the same advantage!
Oh, good point! As a tourist we are rendered illiterate!
How beautiful. Makes me want to go and visit 🙂
Well, I hope you do. It is quite an experience to stay in one of these old buildings~
The signs are a delight Cindy. I’d love to see something like that here at home.
xxx Massive Hugs xxx
So would I my friend!
Beautiful as always, Cindy 🙂
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More wonderful photography from Cindy Knoke on her travels through Germany. Despite our modern architecture there are still some wonderfully tranditional gems to be found.
Awwww, you are such a nice blogging friend. Be well my friend <3
You too Cindy.. travel safe. hugs
I particularly like the ones in Krems for the medieval illiterate, visually imagery only, wonderful 🙂
In medieval days there was a benefit to being illiterate, people made signs like these for you! 😉
heh-heh, every cloud has a silver lining 😉
Plus it helps tourists like me whose German needs help~
Ah, the romance and care of old masters – love them all 🙂
Yes. They are moving in a deep way~
Every one of them are beautiful!!!!! Awesome photos sweetie! Hugz Lisa and Bear
Hugs and Happy Advent back to you!
They are wonderful. And the Pub sighs in England as well. And isn’t it a shame that so many in both countries must have been lost in the War.
Yes! I have started a selection of English pub exteriors, but I have to go back to finish it! They are incredibly charming.
You have posted awesome photos of Germany and Austria.Thank you Cindy. 🙂
Thank you Ranu and have a wonderful week my friend~
These are wonderful. I love ornamental ironwork.
I do too and I agree with you!
das ist ja richtig schön, echt toll, alles Gute, vor allem Gesundheit wünsche ich dir
Vielen Dank und viel Gesundheit für Sie mein Freund!
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.
I’m afraid it will just heighten your awareness of how unappealing most of them are~
Wunderbar, wertvolle Kulturschilder Kunst…
Vielen dank mein Freund!
These have so much more class than the modern signs we see everywhere. Thanks for sharing 😉
Exactly. I come home to be greeting by massive neon signs, flashing a slide show of obnoxious adverts. Ugh…..
I have neon!
I respect our differences! 😉 <3
Very fun and charming. Thanks for sharing these Cindy. 🙂
We all need more fun and charm in our lives! 🙂
They are all beautiful. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you more for appreciating them~
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.
So very pleased that you feel about them, the way I do! Thank you~
Hi Cuz ! Did you go in and tip one in the Brauhaus….., or just take a pic ? 🙂 Ha !
My husband and son are the beer drinkers in the family. I take the pics and am the designated driver! 😉
Well, I’d have to sample a glass…, right after I took a picture…, and then walk back to the hotel ! 😉
You sound uncannily like a Barton! 😉
Thanks for share them! Those are so skilled works of art, every one of them seem to be part of a bigger story and mythology.
I think you are exactly right. They are!
Es una bonita tradición. Los carteles resultan muy vistosos y atractivos. 😉
Yo pienso tan bien. Gracias mi amiga y tengan una semana muy maravillosa .
Very intricate and cleverly made, Cindy. Thanks so much for adding to a gloomy-outside Monday!
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~
You have the most marvellous adventures. Amazing creativity – every one an unique statement!💛💛💛
Aren’t they wonderful! You really could spend time with each one, interpreting the symbolism, age, provenance. What fun that would be~
That would be so much fun!!!! 🙂
Beautiful post and fun to see these signs Cindy 😀
So glad and Happy Holidays Irene~
Happy Holidays Cindy.
Lots of very happy blacksmiths!
Yes! Talented happy blacksmiths!
Wonderful, bold photographs! Happy Holidays!
So happy you like them too and Happy Holidays back to you~
Love, love, LOVE these magnificent signs. So much personality and whimsy. Delightful. 🙂
So pleased you do and Happy Holidays to you!
Thank YOU and the same to YOU. <3
These signs show Germany is Blumen! 🙂
Bluhen blumen! <3
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
Iron = old for us when we see it. Almost a archetype.
Look very interesting! I think they are also custom designed.
Yes, each a unique artisan creation.
wonderful theme to this series – striking imagery
So glad! Thank you~
The signs are mega gorgeous & the town looks just as loved as the signs.
You would simply love these towns Resa. <3
Great signs, I especially like Blumen, Cindy. Thanks for sharing some of the sights with us.
Thank you more for the kind appreciation!
Gorgeous as always. Your photos are so close up like we’re standing right in front of them. 🙂
You are a wonderful blogging friend! Be well my friend~
Thank you Cindy. Wishing you the same. 🙂
I really enjoy these signs. Thank you Cindy. Blessings and peace. 🙂
So thoughtful! Blessings and peace back to you~ <3
Germany is WOW!
Yes! I agree with you! 🙂
Very impressive. All so unique, and all metal, they must be incredibly expensive to produce. That is very specialized sign art.
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.
These are really pretty and interesting too. Are they in many German towns or only a few? I’ve never seen them, but I guess I’ve only been to the cities.
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.
Hi Cindy: I must have seen them in the older towns of France, Spain and Italy. How interesting they are.
Incredible…love it, Cindy…thank you very much for sharing!!
Just very glad you enjoy them as I do. Thank you~
I don’t know what it is, but I’ve always been fascinated by old street lamps, hanging shingles, and flags hanging from the side of quaint little shoppes. Delightful post of photos, Cindy.
Well it is a combination of super welcoming symbols saying here we are! We are lighting your path. Come look at us. I love this imagery too.
Its always charming.
Yes, I agree with you. It is like walking into the pages of a fairy tale!
Lovely. I tried to pick out a favorite and there were too many!
Same, and I just want to photograph more!
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. 🙂
I agree with you on both counts we have lost too much of value!
The signs are wonderful. The old towns are so lovely.
Awwww, thank you Sheryl. I am so glad you enjoyed them as I do & cheers to you~
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.
Fantastic photos of my homeland!! Fabulous cities and a photographer’s dream!
habe einen guten Tag, liebe Cindy
Vielen Dank Mein Freund und haben eine wunderbare Woche~
ich danke und wünsche einen guten Tag
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.)
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!
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Some more beautiful artwork…thank you, Cindy, for sharing these!
Thank you much more for your kind thoughtfulness~
Beautiful photos and the signs are fascinating,,,so man different ones.:)
And I barely scratched the surface. It would be so much fun to devote a trip to finding and photographing them all over Europe!
I love them all! We want to make our town pretty like these you went through 🙂
I know exactly how you feel, even though your town is already so pretty~
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.
These are beautiful Cindy.
So glad you see them as I do and thank you!
Love it, great work dear Cindy, have a great weekend..may not see you for awhile..did I tell you I need the link to your image…can you send it to me..email@example.com
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re-blog above the crowd…love you works..so unique Cindy
wünsche einen guten Tag
I must show my hubby these, he’s a Chilean-born German who has visited all cities in Germany! These are very cool!
I hope he enjoys them! Cheers to you Terri and thank you too! <3
Almost miss this one… Beautiful signs, Cindy.
Thank you Amy and hope you are having a wonderful holiday season!
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Gratitude for your thoughtfulness. Happy Holidays!
Wonderful photos. Are you in Germany right now?
So pleased you enjoyed them! We are home now. We left the last day in November~
http://creativeexpressionsbysherri.blogspot.com/ Cindy I just ran into your profile pictures, you are pretty and have a beautiful pair of spiritual eyes
My daughter Michele, is doing a blog here..I will let you know what the link soon…
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
with love for you and your family..
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!
Thank you for posting those great pictures 🙂
Thank you more for your thoughtful appreciation~
no worries 🙂
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. 🙂
Oops, “Mallorca” was the island, Cindy! 🙂 Hugs, Robin
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~
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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”