14 Comments

  1. Anna
    November 10, 2013 @ 7:44 am

    WHERE DO I RECYCLE MY GLASS??????????????

    • Andrew
      November 21, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

      Glass recycling is a different bin, potentially several blocks away. It usually has a sign stating that glass may only be recycled from 9am-7pm and not on Sundays.

    • swanpride
      June 3, 2014 @ 1:45 pm

      Depends on what kind of glass…bottles are usually given back to the place where you bought them, so that they can be reused again, so there isn’t that much glass for the trash in the first place. If you culminate some glass nevertheless, there are special bins for it, but there is no need to put one in front of every household. If you just happen to break a glass…well, most people would throw that simply in the regular trash.

  2. Henry | @fotoeins
    September 23, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

    I love this kind of post, as I, too, am a huge sucker for signage. I ask myself whether it’s effective in a short set of symbols, or if there’s loooong verbiage associated with the sign.

    I remembered seeing signage in M√ľnchen’s Innenstadt which seems to “forbid” a kind of beer from entering or being drunk in the area. I couldn’t really tell if that were the real thing, but if it were, it’s so Bavarian, Munich, and German, all at the same time.

    Finally, my favourite poop signage (so far) is this: http://flic.kr/p/5358rS

    • Andrew
      September 26, 2013 @ 11:52 am

      It is weird how the human minds works. Sometimes a shape and a color of a sign is enough, and other times it needs to be more verbose.

      Were they really trying to prevent a certain brand or just trying to avoid the glass bottles?

      Nice pic. I remember some really nice brass cobblestones in Dunedin, NZ saying not to let your dog go on the sidewalk.

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  5. Erica
    July 31, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

    That is quite a graphic dog popping sign. :X

    • Andrew
      July 31, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

      You have to know explicitly and exactly what is forbidden. It tells a fair amount about the German mindset, eh?

  6. Sine
    July 31, 2012 @ 5:44 am

    Love this! And “Two forces meet and bread wines” has got to be an instant classic. That so describes Germany. Unfortunately in the days I grew up there bread was nowhere near winning and stores were closed Sundays, Saturday afternoons, and after 6:00 or 7:00 every day…

    • Andrew
      July 31, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

      Somehow looking around I can hardly imagine a time when bread was not central to the German way of life. Even I remember from earlier trips the insane weekend hours. It must have somehow enforced a family structure that let people shop. As a single working person you would starve fairly quickly.

  7. Laurel
    July 30, 2012 @ 11:35 am

    After living in Germany for 2 years, I still come across signs that I don’t understand. We recently had visitors and one of them asked what “Verboten” meant since he said he saw it everywhere on signs. I couldn’t help laughing, since it does say a lot about rule laden Germany.

    • Andrew
      July 31, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

      “Verboten” needs to have a t-shirt. Maybe there is one.

  8. Ali
    July 29, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

    I really like the no dog crappy sign.