Germany highway map
Map of Germany highway. Germany highway map (Western Europe - Europe) to print. Germany highway map (Western Europe - Europe) to download. Germany first high-speed roadway was actually a closed-circuit experimental racetrack that covered some 12 miles (19 km) near Berlin as its shown in Germany highway map. Unveiled in 1921, this proto-autobahn inspired several other countries to follow with their own versions of high-speed highways. In the 1930s Hitler exploited the autobahn for economic, military, and propaganda purposes, but during World War II this German innovation—regarded as a model for modern expressways—was battered. The West German government greatly extended the system from 700 miles (1,125 km) in 1950 to more than 5,000 miles (8,000 km) by the time of unification. With powerful German automobiles able to cruise at their top speeds without speed limits, the autobahn gained an aura of automobile-centred romanticism throughout the world in the second half of the 20th century.
The current length of the entire network is more than 7,400 miles (12,000 km) as its mentioned in Germany highway map, making it the third largest system in the world, after those of the United States and China. Western German motorways have direct transfrontier connections with the similar systems of Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Austria. With a lower growth rate of motor traffic (and an official policy of giving preference to the railroads), postwar construction of motorways was less advanced in East Germany. There were some improvements in central Germany, and new links to the ports of Rostock and Hamburg were constructed.