Tiny House in a Landscape

Tiny House in a Landscape


This weeks Tiny House in a Landscape is a photo taken by my son on a high school trip to Europe a couple of years ago. This photograph was taken somewhere in Bavaria, in southern Germany.

Ted travelled mainly by train so was not always able to get close to his subjects. He however spotted this and saw a beautiful landscape. I personally spotted the little structure that may be a tiny home or workshop. There is a light on so someone is inside enjoying the shelter and warmth of this tiny structure.

Photography by Ted Griswold


  1. The yellow rectangle “on” the structure appears to be not a lit window but a sign along the road; there’s another to the left.

    • The yellow rectangle “on” the structure appears to be not a lit window but a sign along the road; there’s another to the left.

      I concur; it appears to be exactly that. And I have to disagree with Kent’s assertion that it is a small house or workshop – it appears to be right on the road! It almost looks like it could have been some sort of road checkpoint in the past. Those signs look like they’re probably on either side of a road, and that building is right up next to it; I don’t know what good reason there would be for a building right on the road like that.

      • Yes, after looking at it closer you both are right. I should have checked it myself and not made that assumption. Thanks for letting me know.

  2. Fairly typical toll hut in the alps. I’ve seen several similar structures in Austria. The yellow sign is probably a price list. Toll booths are rather more solid and comfortable in the mountains than elsewhere, as it can be quite cold even in the summer sometimes. They usually contain an oven, a table and chairs, and a radio that plays regional music all day long. The stereotypical alpine toll collector looks like Heidi’s grandfather.

    • As it is in Bavaria (Germany) and not in Austria, it surely
      is not a toll booth. I believe its a bus stop, which would explain
      the yellow sign next to the booth and the list (=bus schedule) on
      the building and that it seems to be build at a road.

      • Bavaria and Austria are very similar geographically and culturally, more similar than Bavaria and the rest of Germany, hence my assumption. It could be a bus stop shelter, but they’re usually not that big. It’s probably just a random shed. It’s not unusual for older buildings to stand near a newer road that has nothing to do with the purpose of the building. As for the yellow signs, I believe Andreas has got it right (see his explanation below).

  3. Montana? I’m impressed, guess I’ll have to put Montana on my ‘to see’ list, it’s not al all what i thought it was like. Kudos, Lisa

    Nice landscape whatever the structure is!

  4. Montana? I’ll have to add montana to my ‘must see’ list, it’s not al all what I thought Montana would be like. Kudos, Lisa

    Nice landscape, whatever the building really is.

  5. As an inhabitant of germany I can solve the mystery for
    you: The yellow signs mark the beginning and end of a village
    announcing the name of the settlement and to which county it
    belongs to when entering and the distance and name of the next
    settlement when leaving. Here are some pictures what they look
    like: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ortsschild

  6. I put this photo on my computer as wallpaper in order to see it in a much larger format.

    The building appears to be a covered bridge over a stream coming down the mountain.

    Whatever it is, this is a beautiful scene.