Often overlooked by tourists in favour of its neighbours to the south, Germany has plenty to offer anyone who chooses to visit. A country with a rich history and vibrant culture, it offers a warm welcome to holidaymakers and people making their way to Germany for business purposes.
The best places in Germany to visit include the capital Berlin, which has impressive landmarks and bohemian districts. Other favoured destinations include Hamburg in the north and Munich in Bavaria, where Oktoberfest takes place. Germany is also a great place to watch football too, while there are also museums and parks aplenty to take a gentle stroll.
What are the roads like in Germany?
On the whole, the road system there is in good condition. While some rural routes and inner-city streets are occasionally marked with potholes and general wear and tear, there isn’t too much by way of hazards for drivers to be worried about.
How will I find German drivers?
German drivers are usually very respectful, although that could be down to the efforts made by the police and government at all levels to improve road safety. Driving tests here are very hard to pass, thereby ensuring that accidents later on are kept to a minimum.
What are the best times to drive?
As you might expect in a country of over 80m people, traffic can be a problem in Germany, especially during rush hour. In the morning, driving during 7-9am and 4-7pm could lead to lengthy waits, but outside those hours during weekdays, driving is more enjoyable. Saturdays can be pretty busy, so be sure to plan ahead before setting off.
What are the driving laws?
You must have a full driving licence plus paperwork, proof of insurance and a valid passport. Reflective jackets, a warning triangle, headlamp beam deflectors and first-aid kit are essential. On some roads, there are “no overtaking” signs, but if they’re not there and you’re in heavy traffic, you can only overtake in the lane to your right. Children under 12 and shorter than 4ft 11in must wear supports.
There are no tolls to pay on German autobahns, making them different from similar roads in other European countries.
There are three different speed limits on autobahns – 68mph, 80mph and in some cases; there is no speed limit whatsoever.
If being given a fine by police, they can ask you to pay some form of cash deposit on the spot. If you fail to comply, then there is a possibility that your vehicle could get confiscated.