String A.E.I.O.U. in Graz

An interesting detail of Graz: There are a lot of signs mentioning the string A.E.I.O.U. This was used by the Habsburg Emperor Frederick III who resided in Graz for many years. The meaning of this string is still unsolved.

Town pharmacy in Knittelfeld

This house sign is located at the former location of the town pharmacy in the building Hauptplatz No. 10. Since 1674, a gingerbread baker has been proved here. A pharmacy was run in this house since 1841. The house sign dates from the 19th century.

Roman inscription in Trenčín

In the winter of 179/180, Marcus Valerius Maximianus and soldiers of the Roman Legio II Adiutrix camped in the Vah valley. They were on a campaign against the Quadi at this time. They left this inscription on a rock of the later Trenčín.

House sign ‘Zum Stockfisch’

This house sign is placed at a Renaissance building in Erfurt, generally known as the Haus zum Stockfisch (House to the Stockfish). Present-day this edifice houses the municipal museum of Erfurt.

Sator square in Golling/Salzach

A sator square seen on a facade in Golling an der Salzach. The sator square, also known as rotas square, is a palindrome which one can read horizontally and vertically, forward and backward. The oldest datable representation of a sator square was found in Pompeii.

‘Beware of the squirrel’ in Bük

This sign stands near a wood with high squirrel population in Bük. It happens to be that the depiction of a squirrel turns into the mascot for children at the nearby Bükfürdő spa. The name of this very special squirrel is Otto.

Relief of a laurel tree in Naumburg (Saale)

This relief displaying a laurel tree and two men is fixed on a 16th-century building with the address Herrenstraße 2 in Naumburg (Saale). The edifice accommodates a pharmacy named Lorbeerbaum Apotheke (Laurel Tree Pharmacy).

Shop sign of a brush-maker in Naumburg (Saale)

This shop sign at the Bürstenmacherei Steinbrück in Naumburg (Saale) shows in a fine way the main products of a German Bürstenbinder (brush-maker). Inside the shop, you can not only buy brushes manufactured in a traditional way but also learn details about this tradition.

Inn sign in Dornbirn

Inn sign at the wine tavern ‘Alte Post‘ in Dornbirn. The sign is labeled with the name of the tavern and the date 1869. The sign shows a postilion which probably refers to the earlier use of the building as coaching inn. Postilion (Wikipedia)