I first met “little traffic light man” while cycling through the GDR in 1990. He’s the equivalent of the Walk/Don’t Walk signals at home. Amplemann is hard not to like, with his jaunty walk and his hat.
I was not the only one to take a liking to Amplemann. He is one of the few things that everyone agreed was better in the East. Now you will find him at intersections all around Berlin – he’s been adopted as a kind of mascot for the city.
And – there are Amplemann shops!