The German Autobahn has taken on an almost legendary mystique. The
reality is a little different than the legend. The myth of no speed limits is
countered by the fact that Tempolimits are a fact of life on most of
Germany’s highways, and traffic jams are common.
Signs suggesting a recommended speed limit of 130 km/h (80 mph) are posted along most autobahns, while urban sections and a few dangerous stretches sometimes have posted speed limits as “low” as 100
km/h (62 mph).
The fact is that Germany’s autobahn system is an extensive network of limited-access freeways that can usually provide a driver with a speedy route from city to city.
Within six years after the completion of the first Cologne-Bonn autobahn in 1932, Germany added 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles) of super highway to its road network.
Although Hitler has often been given credit for the autobahn, the real precursors were the Avus experimental highway in Berlin (built between 1913
and 1921) and Italy’s 130-kilometer autostrada tollway between Milan and the northern Italian lakes (completed in 1923).
Although Germany’s depressed economy and hyperinflation of the late 1920s
prevented plans for new autobahns from being carried out at the time, many miles of roadway were built during the time of the Third Reich. Hitler saw the construction of autobahns primarily as a military advantage; its benefit as a job-creation program in the 1930s was an added plus.
Today’s German autobahn system stretches 11,000 km (6,800 miles) across
most parts of Germany. Plans to increase the number and length of autobahns and other highways have often met with citizen opposition on ecological grounds.
One example, a proposed stretch of autobahn along the Baltic coast in northern Germany, has been surrounded by controversy by those concerned with quality-of-life issues versus those who see economic benefits for the region.
Pictured below are a map and picture of the Autobahn

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