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Car Tourism in Germany

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ABOVE: VW Phaeton assembly at Volkswagen's "Transparent Factory" in Dresden.. INSET BELOW: A hairpin corner at the Nürburgring, which offers heartpounding rides by race taxi, and the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart.

photoGermans love their cars, and automotive cognoscenti love Germany. Go anywhere in the country, and you're never distant from a car museum, factory tour, or racetrack.

photoYou don't even have to drive to reach most attractions, thanks to a nationwide high-speed rail system--and when you do drive, you can put the hammer down and forget about speed limits on many sections of Germany's fabled Autobahn network.

For more information about "Car Country Germany" (to use a nickename coined by the German Tourist Board), read the illustrated Europe for Visitors articles below:



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