Getting Around

Getting Around

Picture showing a baggage cart | © photocase

Source: Picture showing a baggage cart | © photocase

Motorist's Dream: Driving in Germany

For those who prefer to drive themselves, Germany provides a dense and extensive network of highways (''Autobahn''), through roads (''Bundesstraße'') and regional roads (''Landstraße'').

There is no general speed limit for Germany's highways, but on country roads and within city limits, maximum speeds of 100 km/h (62 mph) and 50 km/h (32 mph) respectively are permissible. (Freight) trucks with a permissible total weight of 12 tons or more are, however, additionally subject to a distanc-based electronic toll system when traveling on freeways.

Foreign driver's licenses are valid for temporary stays in Germany. Although travelers are requested to produce a German translation of their license, an international driving license fulfils this requirement. Visitors from EU Member States are exempted from this rule. More details on using foreign driver's licenses in Germany is available from the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs.

Rental cars are widely accessible, and a GPS to help you navigate around Germany can easily be reserved along with your car. Additionally, several online tools give directions to where you need to go, including the route planer operated by the German National Tourist Board.