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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Characteristic Pavement Patterns in Freiburg, Germany

By Kelly Matheson

As you walk around Freiburg, Germany, it is easy to notice the many paving designs throughout town. They are mostly circular in shape and usually relate to the building they are in front of. This unique urban design element that adds to Freiburg's uniqueness and helps you orient yourself in the town. Personally, I like them because it's fun to guess what the image means if it isn't obvious. Also, you can learn a little bit more about the building, which you might not know any other way.
Here is a store, and I'm not sure what they sell exactly. But you can see Storchen in the name, and here is what you see on the ground:


Another easy to understand paving design is in front of the watch store:



Another simple one is in front of a church:

These are minor additions to a city, but they add lots of character and are fun to look at.

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