Enjoying Ostalgie in Berlin

By Philippa Burne, UK, August 2012

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You know when you’re in the former East German parts of Berlin: the Walk and Don’t Walk signs look different.

Ampelmann was created in 1961 in response to increasing numbers of pedestrian and traffic collisions in East Berlin. Topped by a wide brimmed hat, the green man walks sideways with a wide-legged stride, the red man stands full-on, arms out wide to signal we should stop.

The Ampelmann is probably the most enduring, still in use icon of East Germany and has become an icon of contemporary Berlin.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Berlin Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Berlin.

Photo courtesy of thomas pix via Flickr.

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