Royal standard pretzel

This is one of my favourite details at Heiliggeist church. You’re not likely to be shown this by a tourist guide. The colons between market stalls around the church have a lot of these Pretzel shape carvings. The standard interpretation says that these were meant to show you what you could expect for your money – a standard pastry size by order of authorities. A medieval kind of DIN (German Industry Norm) system!

It just makes me wonder why there are so many carvings of different sizes.

They’re easier to find in winter time, by the way, when not all the stalls are open all the time.


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