Road Map Europe, This map does not go into the detail of naming individual highways and major arteries of Europe, However it does give some idea of what roads criss cross the continent of Europe. This map should help you organise a vacation across Europe, showing all the relevant routes. It shows the famous autobahns in Germany aswell as all the other roadways and highways that connect all the countries accross the continent. Click on the image of Europe below to get a large version with much more detail.
European Road Facts :
When holidaying around Europe, definitely take in these sites.
* The St Gotthard road tunnel under the Swiss Alps is almost twice as long as the height of Mt Everest. Over 90% of the total road network has an asphalt surface
* The European road network (EU27) is over five and half million kilometres long.
* Its composition in of kms is: Motorways: 63500km’s, National roads: 291700km’s, Secondary or regional roads: 1406800km’s, Other roads: 3833500km’s
* The European traffic population is estimated at 230 million passenger cars and over 31 million commercial vehicles.
Unusual Facts about European Roads
* The Magic Roundabout, England : This road is built in 1972 and the other consists of 5 small roundabouts. To make things worse, you have to travel anti-clockwise (the opposite of the usual British roundabouts situation), when you enter the center of a small roundabout. Swindon Junction who had voted the worst intersection in the UK
* Ebenezer Place,Scotland : The shortest street in the world, measures just 2.06 meters (6.8 feet). There is only one house on this road, built in 1883. The building is a hotel (Mackays) and the owner has been instructed to paint a road on the side. It was officially declared the streets in 1887.
* Most road signs in Ireland are in Irish and English. In Some aereas they are Irish only.
* The Laerdal road tunnel was built as part of an effort to make the main road between Oslo and Bergen unaffected by winter storms, it is the longest road tunnel in the world and is 24.5km long.
The German Autobahn
* Germany has an autobahn network of more than 7600 miles.
* 65% of the autobahn has no speed limit.
* Autobahns may only be used by powered vehicles that have a maximum speed exceeding 60 km/h.
* If you get caught running out of gas on an autobahn, you get fined.
* Autobahn is indeed a high-speed road but, it also has general speed limits of 100 km/h (62 mph), 120 km/h (74.5 mph), 130 km/h (81 mph) at junctions or in dangerous and under-construction areas.
* The Autobahn started construction in 1913. It was originally an experimental 19km long road with 8 meter wide lanes. However it was heavily expanded in 1929 and 1932.
Some things to check out when travelling around Europe
The worlds sharpest corners :
The Grimsel Pass in the Swiss Alps
the worlds highest bridge :
The Millau Viaduct spans the river Tarn in France stands 1,125 feet high.
the worlds most picturesque drive :
The Dalmatian Coast Road in Croatia is arguably the most picturesque in the world. It has views of white capped mountains whilst overlooking the Adriatic Sea, with it’s thousands of islands.
All European Countries:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Czech Republic
- San Marino
- United Kingdom