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Ampelmann

This is one of the retro symbols of Germany.
Ampelmann is the name given to the “walk” symbol from pedestrian traffic lights in East Germany during communist times.
The figure was so beloved, there was an uproar when officials tried to replace it. As a consequence, they remain an active holdover … and it wouldn’t be shocking to find them in parts of Germany that were never behind the Iron Curtain.
Above, a more-than-life-size Ampelmann spotted in Frankfurt’s historic square; below, an Ampelmann in action in Berlin.

Ampelmann in action