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Little Green Men

Almost as soon as we'd arrived in Berlin we noticed the pedestrian traffic lights. The stop sign - a behatted man with his arms outstretched - and the go sign - the same man confidently striding - were quite different from those we'd seen in Munich.

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Our hostel is located in what was East Berlin, and we assumed that this explained the difference. After doing a bit of research we discovered that the old ampelmännchen has acquired cult status, and that attempts to bring in the standard German design after reunification met with resistance. We have since seen the little green man everywhere - on T-shirts, in shop windows and in guides to the city.

Posted by shoestring 09:37 Archived in Germany Tagged traffic green germany sign berlin man

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How bizarre to see such a confident little green man on a mission striding ahead, equally interesting to see a raging red man angrily with arms outstretched. At least you know where you stand, ha ha. xxx

by nessie noodles

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