After the French and Belgium equivalent, we’ve been a little shocked by the German motorways.
Actually, it was me who was shocked; DH has experienced them before while on a road trip to watch the Hungarian Grand Prix with some friends. He remembered these roads as full of traffic and works with services few and far between.
That was some years ago, so I ignored his verbal offerings as I was sure things must be better now.
But they really weren’t.
We’ve spent the last 36 hours driving through Germany and we’ve spent hours in traffic jams where the cause appeared to be lane closures or even just the threat of road work.
We have been forced off route by the said road works at least three times and have spent ages looking hopefully out for somewhere to eat or go to the toilet.
The rest stops in Germany are nowhere near as nice and clean or convenient as the Aires in France and Belgium.
One we stopped at to find the restaurant was closed, as were the toilets. DS got to do a wild wee but the girls had to cross their legs for another half an hour.
The couple of places we did find open were strewn with rubbish and were none too clean. I’m getting too old to be too fussy about the facilities but the girls had to be coerced into using them.
German drivers are not as polite as UK drivers and think nothing of tailgating you if they think you are going too slow.
On the upside, lorries in Germany are not meant to overtake cars on many motorways so the slow lane is often filled with a convoy of trucks.
It does feel much safer when you know you dont have to worry about a lorry sideswiping you.
And the other good thing about German motorways is that eventually they lead to roads that give way to towns that have attractions like this.
This is castle Neuschwanstein. We stayed in the nearby villsge and took the bus up to visit the castle this morning.
Then we took a horse and cart down as we didnt have much time.
The castle was absolutely stunning and we all decided the view was worth the motorway imbuggerations after all.
We are still in Germany tonight so have one more half day on the motorways tomorrow.
Fingers crossed for minimal delays tomorrow. And perhaps a clean WC or two…