All European countries use an international set of
road signs for primary indicators. None of the signs
should be much of a surprise to you since the US has
been quietly adopting international road signs into
our landscape for years. You'll get the hang of them
within a short time.
Below are the standard German road signs. We offer them
here because they are more or less the same signage
throughout Europe. Each country has their own minor
variations, but the basic shapes, triangle, octagon,
circle and square symbolize the same things everywhere.
The French have seemed to turn road signs into a national
art form. At this writing, there are over 300 different
approved road signs. Luckily, they fall into only a
few categories and their shape is an immediate indicator
of their importance:
National language signs, however, are another matter.
Each country tends to abbreviate longer town names and
that takes some getting used to. However, the fact remains
that you probably could leave Paris and find your way
to Rome armed with only a general map of Europe. Major
roadways are exceptionally well signed.