We zipped through valleys of green grass pastureland dotted with belled cows and time worn churches topped by onion-domed steeples. Golden hills lined the valley in a blur of rich autumnal hues and deep evergreens, while lightly dusted distant mountains peaked out behind swirling mist.

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Driving on the autobahn is … glorious. Absolutely glorious.

So much so, in fact, that I literally couldn’t contain a joyful song that burst from my lips while I sped down the highway. The video below shows me singing that song, and also unable to change lanes because the other cars were going to fast.

Everything was perfectly fall. I loved the brisk weather. I loved the German countryside. I loved the rush from keeping pace with all the crazy cars around me — all the while never having to worry about how fast I was actually going.

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And I never thought I was actually going that fast. I was keeping pace with the average car — going faster than the semis, but getting tail-gated by the truly fast cars whenever I got into the fast lane to pass.

And of course since everything was in kph, it wasn’t until I came home and checked the conversion rate that I realized I was averaging 108 mph! I topped out at around 120 mph, and even when I was going those speeds there were speed demons easily passing me. I was a little wobbly-kneed after arriving in Oberammergau looking for a place to stay the night.

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Our hotelier the first night laughed at my awe of the autobahn, stating it wasn’t uncommon to see people doing 250 kph, which I later calculated to be 155 mph.

It was an amazing experience, but it’s probably a good thing I never realized how fast I was going until after I got back home.

— Laura Rowley

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Written by Laura Rowley

I am an artist, flight attendant, and travel blogger.

8 comments

  1. Funny for me as autobahns are just the usual thing here in Germany. It’s always nice to see how much fun others who are not used to no speed limits have with it 😉

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