THE VIENNESE AMPELPÄRCHEN AND WHAT YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THEM…
They reflect respect and tolerance, have attracted huge international media interest, were copied elsewhere and triggered political skirmishes in Austria: The Ampelpärchen, or traffic-light couples, installed before the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.
Who by now doesn’t know the couples “Let’s go together”, “Feeling” and “The Voice of Love”?
The idea for the Ampelpärchen was born in the summer of 2014. The first same-sex traffic light was installed at night on 11 May 2015. There was no advance notice, but they triggered an enormous media response: Nationally and internationally, from Vienna in the east to Vorarlberg in the west of Austria, from the USA to Russia. After just one official tweet.
Since that date, Ampelpärchen have been on the road to success. While public opinion is still divided, more and more pedestrian traffic lights in towns and cities show these gay-friendly lights instead of the generic red and green ones.
Ampelpärchen can now be found in Vienna, Linz and Salzburg in Austria; in Munich, Hamburg and Frankfurt in Germany; and in Utrecht and Amsterdam in the Netherlands. And overseas, officials are also thinking about giving the Viennese Ampelpärchen a new home.
On 9 June 2016, the first shop for Ampelpärchen aficionados and all those who are yet to become fans opened in Vienna. On 6 July 2016, this online shop was launched, offering everyone around the world a great online shopping experience. Cosmopolitan, different, unique – like the Ampelpärchen.