hippie welcome sign

Signs of the Times

As we travelled around the world last year, we captured some funny pictures of signs and interesting graffiti:

bus food sign croatia

Some very specific food restrictons on a bus in Croatia

funny hostel no smoking sign

Don't smoke in this Dunedin hostel.

yuppy sign graffiti prenzlauerberg

The locals aren't pleased with the gentrification happening in Prenzlauerberg, Berlin. Not sure exactly what this sign says, though...anyone?

no tourismo puerto varas chile

Similarly, some people aren't fond of the tourist influx in Puerto Varas, Chile.

no guns budapest

Hmmm...saw this one in Budapest, Hungary.


hush sign napier

This was stamped on the door of a brothel in Napier. Only a very specific 37%?


hippie welcome sign

Seen on the door of a cafe in Berlin

teenagers know it all sign

brains travel on bikes

in Amsterdam, Netherlands

murder burger

Auckland, New Zealand

don't drink alone glass

Good advice in Prague


  1. Sabrina 25 January, 2012 at 17:15 Reply

    These are too funny :) I wonder if that bus in Croatia (first pic) was a German bus since the words are in German or if there are just that many German tourists in Croatia who put their gums everywhere and leave trails of French fries behind them :)

  2. Technosyncratic 16 January, 2012 at 05:27 Reply

    Sheesh, beheaded is a harsh sentence! I like the sign that says “hippies are welcome” – for some reason the whole “no hippies” things became really popular, which I think is obnoxious. 

  3. Pippa 11 January, 2012 at 18:14 Reply

    Haha! Brilliant! ‘Yuppies Raus scene dogz 10G’ (presumably this is not their address), perhaps it shoulda been ‘Puppies Raus’ which would make it a similar message to that sign from Ireland..

  4. Claire 11 January, 2012 at 11:09 Reply

    Love funny signs, love the “People smoking in this house will be beheaded and vaporised…” Little extreme but definitely gets the point across and the STRICTLY NO SHOOTING one as well! 

  5. Kurt Trumble 11 January, 2012 at 09:01 Reply

    These are too funny.  I loved all of them, but I think my favorite was ‘No Gun Shooting STRICTLY.’  I mean, I’m glad they are strict about no gun shooting, at least it doesn’t say 37% No Gun Shooting.  =)

  6. Cheryl 11 January, 2012 at 07:00 Reply

    Thank you for making my day! I loved all of these photos, especially the one about teenagers. Some people are just way too clever for this world, and you guys should totally post this on 9gag. 

    I’ll try to scout for signs like these too when I travel. It sounds like fun to make fun of funny signs. Thanks for the idea! 

  7. Sherry 11 January, 2012 at 04:09 Reply

    HA! I love the teenager sign best – most clever, I think. I take tons photos of funny signs whenever I can during my travels. They’re like my souvenirs for a specific place: cheap, light, and always makes me smile. Great captures.

  8. Andrew 10 January, 2012 at 08:19 Reply

    That first sign is from Croatia? That is hilarious as the words are in German. French fries and chewing gum from left to right.
    What hostel is that in Dunedin?  I saw a sign in Athens above the computers mentioning that the server manager has a high powered rifle and do not install ANYTHING on the computers.
    The graffiti from Berlin says Yuppies Out on the top line and no clue on the rest, guessing the “artists” tag somehow.
    Was Murder Burger any good? Was it actually meat or veggie burgers?  We LOVED Velvet Burger in Dunedin and were so happy to find one in Auckland.

    • Geert @ Inspiring Travellers 11 January, 2012 at 01:43

      Hmmm – what was that hostel called in Dunedin? Can’t remember…it was in an old hospital on a hill and said to be haunted. Thanks for clearing up the translation on the Yuppies graffiti – I thought it was something like that. We actually didn’t eat at the Murder Burger. John is still sad about that one…

  9. Annie-FootTracker 10 January, 2012 at 00:59 Reply

    XD We have a REDRUM Burger in Davis, California (in response to the Murder Burger photo).

    Wow, that “No gun shooting strictly” sign is kind of interesting and annoying, because now I wonder why they had to post that (all sorts of bad questions pops into my head….).

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