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Germany offers a variety of landscapes from the coast in the north to the Bavarian Alps in the south.  The country boasts a multitude of historical towns and cities, romantic castles, and excellent museums.  The tourism infrastructure is well developed and most of the people speak English. 

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GAS COUPONS / STATIONS
Gas for your vehicle is rationed in Germany.  Depending upon the size of the engine, you will be authorized purchase of 200 or 400 liters per month (600 liters for some large trucks).  Your vehicle registration will contain your gas ration card.  Gas coupons are sold for unleaded, super and diesel gas and can be purchased on post.  The coupons can be used in Germany at all ESSO stations and at participating ARAL stations on the autobahn.  Use of the coupons allows you to pay "post" prices for off-post gas.

SPEED LIMITS

There is a suggested autobahn speed limit of 130 km/h (about 80 mph)  Although there are stretches of the autobahn that have no speed limit, if you are involved in an accident in which you were driving faster than 130 km/h, you will be held responsible for the accident.  In cities, towns, and villages the maximum speed limit is 50 km/h (30 mph) unless the road signs indicate a higher or lower speed limit.  In slow-traffic zones (residential areas and city centers) the maximum speed limit is 30 km/h (18mph).  Outside cities and villages the top speed limit is 100 km/h (60 mph).  The speed limit on all posts is 30 km/h and is strictly enforced.

CHILD RESTRAINTS
Children four-years-old or younger who do not exceed 50 pounds must use US or German approved child safety seats when traveling in Germany.  Children over four years in age and in excess of 50 pounds, yet under 12 years in age must be seated in the rear seat of the vehicle with the seat best fastened unless the rear seats are already occupied by children in that age group or the vehicle does not have a back seat.  Chilren 12 and under or less than 4'9" in height require an approved car booster seat.

AUTO CLUB
Germany has a service similar to AAA called ADAC.  To become a member, you must complete an application at a local ADAC office.

ACCIDENTS
If you are ever involved in an accident, the German police are in charge.  However, you must still fill out a report on the accident for the military police.  Be sure to contact the Military Police nearest your location.  You should remain at the scene and place your reflective warning triangle a sufficient distance away from the rear of the vehicle.  Finally, notify your insurance company even if you are not at fault.

Many Germans do not want to involve the German police and would rather work it out through their insurance companies.  If you believe you are not at fault, it may be in your best interest to insist that the German police be notified.  They will be able to take pictures of the scene and provide an official report to your insurance company stating you were not at fault. 

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SEE OUR GUIDE TO CLAIMS FOR LOSS/DAMAGE TO HOUSEHOLD GOODS/BAGGAGE

Castles

Heidelberg CastleHeidelberg
Heidelberg is the very image of romantic Germany.  The city's 17th Century red sandstone castle ruin and the old bridge are two of the most majestic sights in all of Germany.

Neuschwanstein CastleNeuschwanstein
Venture into the Bavarian Alps and visit the fairy tale landmark upon which the Walt Disney based his Disney Land Castle: Mad King Ludwig's Schloss Neuschwanstein.

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