Motorist's Dream: Driving Yourself in Germany
For those who prefer to drive themselves, Germany provides a dense and extensive network of motorways ("Autobahn"), through roads ("Bundesstraße") and regional roads ("Landstraße").
For motorways, a pioneering distance-based electronic toll system has been introduced for trucks with a permissible total weight of 12 tons or more.
There is no general speed limit for Germany's motorways, but there is a recommended speed of 130 km/h. On countryroads a maximum speed of 100 km/h (62 mph) must not be exceeded; inner-city traffic allows a speed of 50 km/h (32 mph).
For temporary stays in Germany, foreign driving licences are accepted. Travellers are requested to produce a German translation of their licence but an international driving licence will be accepted without translation. Citizens of the EU Member States are exempted from this rule.
There are several car rental companies, which work nationwide.
Finding your way is made easy by several online tools that can guide you through Germany. The link on the right leads you to a web-tool provided by the German National Tourist Board.