Austria is extreme for squeezing in things here and there. Titles, for example, where they lay them on thick and pretty much add every qualification they’ve achieve since kindergarten in front of their name (I wrote about it in this post earlier). But, this also extends to FLOORS. My friend lives in one of these buildings, which are old and graceful and have some extra floors squeezed in between the ground floor and the first floor. Now, a Mezzanine (M) is perhaps not that unusual also in other countries. But this is the first place where I have encountered the Hochparterre (H) in ADDITION to the Mezzanine… It’s almost as if they could just keep adding floors between ground and first in different languages and still get away with it.
Word to the wise: If you’re visiting a friend, check the elevator buttons before deciding whether to jog up to the second floor to your friend’s place. 🙂