"Vroom, vroom." That's the sound you'll hear if you're on an autobahn. Autobahns are very similar to freeway systems or motorways in English speaking countries.
Autobahns are roads in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. Autobahn is the German word for this high speed road. Autobahns were first built in Germany in the 1920s. They were the first high speed roads in the world. Autobahns have many lanes of traffic going in each direction. Each direction is separated by a central barrier. The reason these roads were made is pretty obvious. They were made to help people travel more quickly from one place to another.
Unlike the autobahns in Switzerland and Austria which have speed limits, German autobahns are different. German autobahns are famous, because they don't have any speed limits except at junctions and danger points. Nowadays, cars can travel at speeds over 300 km/h or 185 mph. However, because these roads are so busy, that doesn't happen very often.
The first autobahn in Germany was used as a race track and sometimes still is. So when some people go to Germany, they are ready to put their car to the limit.
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