Tag Archive | Melk Austria

Germanic Street Signs: A Mix of Old & New~

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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.

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New Merchants have continued the medieval sign tradition in these remarkable old towns. Bamburg Germany.
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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.
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This sign is on Albrecht Durer Street in Nuremburg, Durer’s home town.

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Some signs are clearly older. Passau Germany.

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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.

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

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

Stairway to Heaven~

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I found the stairway to heaven!

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It is in Melk Abbey in lower Austria.

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The Benedictine Abbey was founded in the 12th century and is the oldest continuously operating school in Austria.
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900 lucky co-educational pupils attend school here.
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The Abbey over looks the The Danube River,
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and the medieval town of Melk which was the center of intellectual life in Austria in the middle ages.

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It is off the beaten tourist path in November and is a wonderful place to explore.

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Melk is in the Wachau Valley section of The Danube River which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Cheers to you from the stunning Wachau Valley~