Road signs in Germany

These road signs are used in Germany.

Warning signsEdit

General Danger or Traffic Control[1][2]

Regulatory signsEdit

Pedestrian signsEdit

Railway level crossing signsEdit


You Must Yield to All Rail Traffic or Rail Signals, No Overtaking Allowed within Zone[4]


Reißverschlussverfahren[5] - "Zipper Rule" for 1-Way Traffic Merging & 2-Way Traffic Priorities

Environmental FactorsEdit

Yield as necessary to not endanger yourself or other road users

Traffic Priority - Priority roadsEdit

Priority Travel Does Not Yield, Signal All Turns

Other FactorsEdit

Yield or Reduce Speed as Necessary [6]

Vehicle Classifications & SpecificsEdit

Official (base) Symbols in Germany as per Straßenverkehrs-Ordnung (StVO) § 39 Verkehrszeichen[8]


Red Ring - In addition to any sign/placard, the Red Ring forbids (in general) the item noted and anything of greater size or value; i.e., if a car is pictured, then not only are cars not permitted verboten but also trucks too.

A Red Ring is also a traffic sign itself... No Vehicles (of any type) Permitted, Pushing Motorcycles/Mopeds/Bicycles Permitted

Bicycles & MopedsEdit


Classified as above/below 500 cc motor size, and with or without sidecar


Personenkraftwagen - Pkw[9] - "Powered Car for (the transport of) Persons"; e.g., cars/automobiles

Recreational Vehicles, Farm Equipment or Animal PoweredEdit

Trucks & LorriesEdit

Lastkraftwagen - Lkw[10] - "Powered Car for Loads", e.g., truck, lorry, semi, tractor-trailer

Kraftfahrzeuge (Kfz)[11] mit einer zulässigen Gesamtmasse über 3,5 t, einschließlich ihrer Anhänger, und Zugmaschinen, ausgenommen Personenkraftwagen und Kraftomnibusse - Motor vehicles with a maximum authorized mass of more than 3,5 t, including their trailers, and tractors other than cars and buses

Restrictions & Allowances for Vehicles (generally larger) than CarsEdit

Dangerous or Hazardous CargosEdit

Buses, Public Transit & RailEdit

Buses (generally) and trains (always) have the priority/right of way[13]


Primary Road Classifications & Related SignsEdit


Basic Traffic Controls

Speed Controls & Limits

Passing & Overtaking



German Limited Access Highway - Blue Background[14]

Bundesstraße - Non-Limited Access Highways or Main Roads - Yellow BackgroundEdit

Urban or Built-up AreasEdit

Traffic Priority - Priority roadsEdit

Priority Travel Does Not Yield, Signal All Turns

Paved Surfaces - 'Edge to Edge' ControlsEdit

Fahrtbahn/Streifen - Driving Lane ControlsEdit

Roadway lanes delineated by lines for/of single vehicle width

Dedicated Lane Use Required for ...Edit

Special ZonesEdit

Stopping, Waiting, ParkingEdit

Parking is considered anything over 3 minutes

Absolutely no stopping or waiting on traffic lanes - Emergency Excepted

No waiting/standing longer than 3 minutes on traffic lanes - "Loading/Unloading & Pick-up/Drop-off Zone"

Bus Stop & Taxi Zones

Road Markings/LinesEdit

Intersections & Crosswalks[15]

Driving Lanes

Information signsEdit

Informational SignsEdit

Base Traffic SymbolsEdit

Standardized Traffic SymbolsEdit


Road equipmentEdit

Retired signsEdit

Obsolete signs since 2017 [16]

Obsolete signs since 2013 [16]


  1. ^ "§ 39 StVO 2013 - Einzelnorm".
  2. ^ "Brian's Guide to Getting Around Germany - Rules of the Road".
  3. ^ de:Bahnübergang (Deutschland)[circular reference]
  4. ^ "§ 11 EBO - Einzelnorm".
  5. ^ de:Reißverschlussverfahren[circular reference]
  6. ^ "§ 39 StVO 2013 - Einzelnorm".
  7. ^ "German Road Signs: Guide to Parking & Road Signs in Germany". Auto Europe. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  8. ^ name="LoC"
  9. ^ "Personenkraftwagen". 11 April 2018 – via Wikipedia.
  10. ^ "Lastkraftwagen". 16 April 2018 – via Wikipedia.
  11. ^ "Kraftfahrzeug". 20 April 2018 – via Wikipedia.
  12. ^ "Sattelzug". 25 April 2018 – via Wikipedia.
  13. ^ /Traffic: Priority (right of way)
  14. ^ "Brian's Guide to Getting Around Germany - The Autobahn".
  15. ^ de:Straßenmarkierung[circular reference]
  16. ^ a b c d "".
  17. ^ "§ 40 StVO 2013 - Einzelnorm".