Whenever we go to Bavaria in southern Germany we stop in an old walled town, which attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world. The town is called "Rothenburg ob der Tauber". There are wonderful old buildings and cobbled streets. Many hotels, pubs and restaurants have the old trade signs in front of their entrance doors. They are usually made of wrought iron, and painted and many signs show a specific animal whose name is used for the pub or hotel such as "Zum Goldenen Lamm" (golden lamb) "Weisses Rössl" (white horse) etc. The most common animals are lions, horses, deer, lambs, oxen, etc.
Some specialty shops also used to have such trade signs, especially the butcher`s shop, the baker`s shop or the pharmacy. You will identify the Brezel which was a typical trade sign in front of the baker`s shops.
These signs have a long tradition in Germany, and they go back to the Middle Ages. Of course, some had to be replaced and they have to be repainted again and again.
PLEASE ENJOY DIETER'S PHOTOS OF THE TRADE SIGNS AND ROOFTOPS OF SOUTHERN GERMANY!
Maria & Dieter
We are a German couple living near the romantic Rhine valley and the cities of Cologne and Bonn in Germany. Three years ago we met Susan through the internet and have become great friends. We have so much in common and share a passion for antiques, good food and traveling, that it is fun to meet and do things together. Over the last 3 years we have met Susan and her sister Eileen in Paris, Germany and the USA. We are already planning our next trips to Provence and Prague and Dieter and I feel honored to provide photos, comments, reports and recipes from Europe to Susan and Eileen's blog.