Take a Germany Road Trip

Looking for the ultimate roadtrip? Why not start at the beginning – where the automobile was dreamed up in Germany.

I walk into the rental car office and the two people behind the counter are chatting away in German.  The young man looks up at me and says English or German? I answered “English” and smiled. And then as if someone flipped a switch, a barrage of English came out of his mouth.  My first gut reaction was awe.  I’m still amazed that people can speak multiple languages because it’s something I can’t do.  I’m fascinated by it; I hold it on a pedestal of curiosity, much like pregnancy and childbirth.

He took me outside to show me the rental car and look it over.   Much to my surprise and shock, he got in the car with me and sat in the passenger seat. He then proceeded to go through every gadget with me even showing me the navigation system and ensuring it was all setup in English.  I’ve never had anyone sit with me and show me how to use the car or all the buttons…normally they just give you the key and say, “come back if something is wrong” and I’m left looking at the dashboard wondering what all the stuff is and how to turn on my lights. As he flashed me a smile and I pulled off the lot, I thought to myself, this is my first dose of the famed automotive German precision and quality.

Start Your Engines!

I normally love taking back roads, but I was in Germany, so you can bet I was going to hop on the Autobahn.

The first step was getting used to my rental car. I haven’t owned a car for 13 years, so every time I get in a new car I’m amazed at the new technology, today’s cars seem to practically drive themselves! It tells me the speed limit on my dash and gives me traffic updates (in German), beeps at me as someone passes me, and magically runs it’s own windshield wipers and lights. Not only did the car take getting used to, but so did the autobahn. I started out pretty cautious as cars blew past me like a blur and eventually got my speed up to par.

After two weeks driving around central Germany, I was a pro – and you can be too. Rent a car, don’t be afraid to be a speed demon, and enjoy these sites on a German Road Trip!

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Made in Germany Road Trip

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