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New Photos (from the Book "Highway Deutschland", published here with author's permission)
  Germany's highest Autobahn bridge, Kocher valley bridge Geislingen. Height: 185m, Length: 1128m
  A93 near Oberaudorf/Alps
  Autobahn junction Kirchheim (A4/A7) and highspeed rail line
  Morning dawn near Munich, at Junction Neufahrn (A9/A92)
  On the A95 near Murnau
Historic Photos Source:
  AVUS Entrance in Berlin, around 1925. The AVUS (opened it 1921) was the first "Car-Only"-Road. However, it was merely a racing and test track, and not for general traffic. Today, the AVUS is part of the A100. State Archive Berlin
  The "Auto road" between Cologne and Bonn was built between 1929 und 1932. This "car-only"-road was the first with an actual traffic value. It's the A555 today. (Photo taken around 1932) City Archive Bonn
  The "first" European Autobahn exit on the Cologne-Bonn road near Wesseling (picture taken in 1932) Book "Abenteuer Autobahn"
  In 1973, the autobahn between Cologne and Bonn (A555) was widened to 3 lanes in each direction and became the first 6-lane-autobahn in Germany. This photo was taken during the roadworks in 1973. Book "Abenteuer Autobahn"
  The first gas station on the "Reichsautobahn" near Darmstadt opened on May 1st 1936 Magazine "Die Straße", 1936
  Construction on the section between Berlin and Magdeburg, around 1935 German Federal Archive
  Autobahn near Irschenberg (today A8) Magazine "Die Straße", 1936
  Advertisements weren't allowed on the "Reichsautobahn". Instead, there were "phone boards" to reach people who were driving on the Autobahn more quickly. German Federal Archive
  Autobahn south of Dessau, around 1937 (today A9). Trees were often left on the median for a more beautiful scenery. German Federal Archive
  By retreating german troops destroyed Lauter valley bridge near Kaiserslautern in 1945 (today A6) German Federal Archive
  To remember the downfall of the "Third Reich" and the partition of Germany, long distance signs with locations in the former east german areas like this one were posted at the border to communist east germany. They stood there until the 80s, now all of them have disappeared (photo taken in 1956) Book "Abenteuer Autobahn"
 Autobahn ruins
When autobahn construction ceased in 1942 because of the war, 3870 km of Autobahn were finished. Another 2900 km of roads under construction, however, were just left alone. After the war, not all of this construction work was continued - either because of the changed political situation or because the old planning schemes weren't up to modern post-war standards in terms of curve sharpness, grades or enviromental aspects. If the old buildings weren't obstructing any new projects, they were left alone. Some of them are still standing today. The following photographies by Dieter Mayer-Gürr are taken from the Book "Reichsautobahnen - Pyramiden des dritten Reiches" (Marburg 1982)
  Former autobahn to Landstuhl, today access road to USAF Ramstein Air Base. The new autobahn section is a few km south of this old one.
  Autobahn Hamburg - Berlin (A24), condition in 1980, unchanged since 1940
  Autobahn Hamburg - Berlin (A24), condition in 1980, Bridge built around 1939
  Autobahn Hamburg - Berlin (A24), condition in November 1981. The Autobahn was finally opened in 1982, more than 45 years after the first construction works.
  A1 north of Trier before resumption of construction in 1958
  A1 north of Trier before resumption of construction in 1958
 Look also at the special page about the A4 between Bad Hersfeld and Eisenach .

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