Signs of the Times

January 10, 2012

hippie welcome sign

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

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  • Annie – FootTracker

    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….).

    • Andrea and John

      That’s exactly what I thought about the gun sign! Love the name REDRUM Burger =)

  • Andrew

    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.

    • Andrea and John

      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…

  • Marie-Eve Vallieres

    Haha I remember seeing that teenager advice sign, and I found it so funny! And not actually that far from reality!

  • Raymond @ Man On The Lam

    One would hope they did not murder the kitty for that burger…

    • Andrea and John

      Why would they use a cat for their logo? Made me think of the poor dears at the pounds all over the world…

  • Sophie

    Since you can’t tell from the sign what it is, presumably only German-speakers can’t chew gum on that Croatias bus :)

    • Andrea and John

      Plenty of German tourists in Croatia so maybe they did that on purpose? =)

  • Andi Perullo

    I am laughing so hard right now I can barely type!

  • Debbie @ European Travelista

    Love signs that get lost in translation!  I’ll make sure to never drink alone :)

    • Andrea and John

      Loved that, haha – rather than the usual ‘drink responsibly’

  • Nomadic Samuel

    Those are great.  I love the hippies always welcome :)

  • Sherry

    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.

  • Christy & Scott

    Hahaha! I love the no smoking sign. Good of you to remember to take photos of these signs. I always forget!

    • Andrea and John

      I loved that one too – it was extra interesting at the time as well because the hostel was said to be haunted

  • Cheryl

    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! 

    • Andrea and John

      Cheers, Cheryl! Glad you enjoyed them =)

  • Dayna and Kurt

    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.  =)

  • Claire

    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! 

  • Robin

    I think the murder burger one might be the most disturbing…

  • Pippa

    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..

  • Ali

    I love the one from the hostel in Dunedin!

  • Anonymous

    Great collection!  One of the little amusements while traveling.

  • Charu

    I just LOVE this, and we are huge fans of signspotting too! Beheaded and vaporised, LMAO!!!

    • Andrea and John

      Thanks so much, Charu! I laughed so hard when I saw it the first time too =)

  • Cheryl Howard

    Ha ha, love this post! I like things that make me LOL. :)

    • Andrea and John

      Me too, Cheryl – thanks! =)

  • Technosyncratic

    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. 

    • Andrea and John

      The beheaded thing was quite funny, I think, because the hostel was supposed to be haunted – could explain the harshness =)

  • emilyinchile

    Good to know relaxed gun shooting is ok :)

  • Our Oyster

    mmmmm I miss murder burger! yum!

    • Andrea and John

      We didn’t actually get to eat there – sounds like we missed out!

  • Sabrina

    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 :)

    • Andrea and John

      Haha, SO many German tourists in Croatia…

    • Geert @ Inspiring Travellers

      Haha, SO many German tourists in Croatia…

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