The Autobahn is one of the top German driving experiences. It is one of the most popular highway systems in the world. The German cars are already famous for its precise engineering and the craftsmanship and with Autobahn Superhighway system provides ultimate the driving experience altogether. The Germany’s Autobahn system is a widespread network of limited-access freeways which is widely used by many drivers for a speedy route to different cities.
- There is a myth that there are no speed limits posted on most of the German’s highways. However, in Autobahn at most of the places the recommended speed limit posted is of 130 km/hr (80 mph) but in some urban areas the limit is as low as 100 km/hr (62mph).
Many people come here with a vision that they are going to drive in a 20 lane highway so they get little disappointment. Anyways, Autobahn offers the most inspiring driving experience. Amenities are abundant. The roads are designed extraordinarily strong and beautifully maintained. The maintenance crew inspects this high tech road system from time to time with a road scanning gears. And if they find anything wrong they replace the entire section of the road.
It is considered as the world’s first motorway which was built in Berlin in between 1913 and 1921. In southwestern Berlin, a 19 km long AVUS also known as “Automobil-Verkehrs- und Übungsstraße” were built as an experimental highway which was also sometimes used for racing cars. The Autobahn was originated in this way. There were 2 eight meter lanes which were separated by a 9 meter wide median. After the World War II, the Autobahn network was expanding to 2,128 km. There were many construction projects that were added until recent years. In 2007, this network was expanded to 12,531 kms. And the Autobahn becomes the 3rd largest super highway system after USA and China.
- There are numerous parking areas on the way which are fully equipped with toilet facilities.
- Several full service areas are there on the road where you will find gas filling stations, restaurants, and hotels.
- There is an automated traffic and weather monitoring systems which provides the electronic signs for dynamic speed limits according to the traffic and even it will warn you of any congestion, road construction or accidents, fog, and so on.
- There are emergency telephones at every 2 km intervals.
- Above all there are pre-signed detour routes if there is any emergency closure.
- There are wildlife protection fencing, everywhere, and the crossover tunnels and the “green bridges” for wild animals.