Road Signs in Germany
This page contains topics:
Categories of German Road Signs
Explains four categories in German road signs.
Some Confusing Signs with Similar Appearances
Description of some signs that have similar looks and hidden meanings.
Common Road Signs in Germany
Explanation of all the important road signs in Germany.
An example sign pole. School zone speed limit. Sign poles may have multiple signs on a pole.
1. Categories of German Road Signs
There are about 1000 road signs in Germany and it’s hard to remember them all. But luckily there are some easy ways to keep them in mind.
An easy rule of thumb is to divide these signs into groups. So “unofficially”, road signs in Germany can be divided into four main groups.
Those are two red groups and two blue groups.
Group 1 road signs
Red triangle road sign
Group 2 road signs
Red circle road sign
Group 3 road signs
Blue circle road sign
Group 4 road signs
Blue square road sign
1.1 Red Triangle Road Sign
All signs in the red triangle group are warning or hazard signs. They warn of approaching threats, for example, a slippery surface.
The yield sign
1.2 Red circle road sign
Red circle road signs prohibit some kind of action or state of action, for example, no entry sign.
A Red Ring
1.3 Blue circle road sign
Circular signs with a blue background normally show something mandatory. For example, a blue circle with a bicycle on it means, bicycles must use this path, and at the same time it also means, the bicycle path/lane is not allowed to all other kinds of transport.
These signs enforce the traffic flow. In the unofficial German language, they are called Gebotschilder. Which means command signs.
1.4 Blue square road sign
It’s the rarest group. These are normally directing signs, showing some regulation/recommendation.
2. Some Confusing Signs with Similar Appearances
- Pedestrian Crossing Sign
- Warning Signs with Supplementary Signs
- German Speed Limit Sign
- Speed Zone
- Same Symbol in Different Groups
- Road Signs with Arrows
- Descent and Ascent Signs
- No Motorcycles Allowed Sign
- No Restrictions Sign
- City Name Signs
- Road Number Signs
- Sings with Extra Hidden Meanings
- Customs Office Sign
- Driveway Sign
2.1 Pedestrian Crossing Sign
There are two pedestrian crossing signs before each pedestrian crosswalk (zebra crossing).
Pedestrian Crossing Sign - Red pedestrian crossing sign
Pedestrian Crossing Sign - Blue pedestrian crossing sign
Red pedestrian crossing sign
Blue pedestrian crossing sign (350-10)
Note: Traffic sign numbers are used to indicate the signs, you don’t need to memorize the number of a sign, nor these numbers are asked in theory or practical driving exam.
Sign numbers are mentioned in official letters. For example, the penalty letter from the authority will be indicating the number of sign that has been violated.
2.2 Warning Signs with Supplementary Signs
Road work ahead at 100 meters.
If only the length is indicated (as shown in the above example) on the additional sign, it means the hazard area is so much distance ahead. Here, for example, the roadwork/construction site is 100 meters ahead.
If a supplementary sign has arrows in addition to the numbers, that means the length of the hazard area. Here, the below example is indicating that the construction site/ roadwork area is 800 meters long.
The length of approaching road work area is 800 meters.
A warning sign can have more than one supplementary signs. For example, in the above example, if both supplementary signs are placed under the road work sign, it means a construction site is 100 meters ahead and is 800 meters long.
2.3 German Speed Limit Sign
Autobahn exit number 26 is 1000 meters ahead. This exit leads to Düsseldorf-Benrath.
Autobahn service area. The exit number is 27.
2.4 Speed Zone
Sign 274.1 and sign 274.1-20 also belong to the prohibition group as the actual sign is the red circle, which is inside the rectangle. Normally in such lower speed zones, the right-before-left rule is applicable. So, look for vehicles approaching from your right side.
2.5 Same Symbol in Different Groups
A symbol may appear in different signs. Following are the examples of the cycle road sign.
No cycling road sign
Cycle lane sign
Caution! cyclists ahead
All these signs have bicycles in them, but the meaning of each sign is different.
Triangle cycle sign
2.6 Road Signs with Arrows
The above two signs may seem similar to each other but have very different meanings.
Important! it’s not a mandatory left turn sign. Please see the image below.
Yield to oncoming traffic sign
Priority over oncoming vehicles sign.
Oncoming traffic sign
The following two signs don't have arrows in them but they are related to the narrow passage information.
Narrow road sign
Narrow road sign
These two signs warn of a narrow road ahead. Sign 121-10
2.7 Descent and Ascent Signs
Steep descent sign
Steep ascent sign
Descent and ascent signs might be confusing for some drivers. The easy way is to read them from left to right, same as roman alphabets. The percentage written on the sign shows the part of 100% (degree of descent or ascent).
2.7 No Motorcycles Allowed Sign
No motorbike sign
Moped not allowed sign
The difference between the above two signs is that 255
2.8 No Restrictions Sign
Start of a no passing zone and speed limit is restricted to 60 km/h.
End of a no passing zone and speed limit is no more restricted to 60 km/h.
This sign is combination of previous two signs, 278-60
It indicates the end of all previously set speed restrictions and passing bans.
One-line transport is that leaves one line in the snow behind, for example, motorcycles and mopeds.
Two-line transport is that leaves two lines in the snow, for example, cars and trailers.
2.9 City Name Signs
City name sign
City limit sign
Weiler and Wilster are names of places in Germany. Kreis Steinburg means district Steinburg.
2.10 Road Number Signs
Federal highway number sign
The above are identification signs of different roads and their routes.
The yellow color sign (sign 401
All the regulatory signs on the Autobahn are in blue. Regulatory signs on all other roads are in yellow.
2.11 Sings with Extra Hidden Meanings
2.11.1 Uncontrolled Intersection
Uncontrolled intersection sign
Sometimes, some areas look like a parking place or pedestrian path, with the sign 102
To read more about uncontrolled intersection rules, please visit the page Right of Way.
2.11.2 No Motor Vehicles Allowed
No motor vehicles allowed sign
Two-line transport means vehicles that leave behind two lines in the snow.
2.12 Light Post Sign
Light post sign
This sign is often found on street lights. It’s not a traffic sign. It indicates that the street lamp doesn’t glow the whole night.
2.13 Customs Office Sign
Customs office sign
This is the sign for the customs department. It indicates customs-control offices at border crossings. Customs must be paid on the border otherwise it’s costly if checked by the Zoll (customs department).
2.14 Driveway Sign
Blocking a driveway (exit or entrance) can be very costly in Germany. Whenever you park your vehicle look for the sign "Ausfahrt freihalten" or "Einfahrt freihalten". This sign is a private sign and no specific color, but mostly it is in white or yellow color.
"Ausfahrt" means exit and "Einfahrt" means entrance.
Since driveway signs are private, many people add extra symbols or writing to the sign. Please see the following keep driveway clear signs.
Keep driveway clear sign
Keep driveway clear sign
3. Common German Road Signs
The following section contains some common road signs in Germany. These are the signs you often see on German roads. If you are not preparing for the driver's license theory exam, studying this section would give enough information about German road signs for driving on German roads.
If you want to study the complete list of German road signs, it is on this page.
- Warning Signs
- Railroad crossing signs
- Priority Signs
- Compulsory Direction Control Signs
- Mandatory Signs
- No Entry Signage
- Speed Limit Signage
- No Passing Signs
- No Standing Signs
- No Parking Signs
- Parking Signs
- Types of Highways
- Direction Signs
- Detour Signs
- Service Signs
- Tourist Information Signs
3.1 Warning Signs or Hazard Signs
Warning signs are placed 150m-250m before the approaching hazard. Some common German warning signs are explained below.
The warning sign is normally supported by one or two supplementary signs which further explain the nature of approaching danger. A few common supplementary signs that often come with the warning sign are discussed here.
Road damage sign (Straßenschäden): a supplementary sign explains the danger ahead in written form.
The danger of an accident. (The area ahead has a strong history of accidents.) A supplementary sign explains the danger ahead in written form.
Skid risk for trailers on slopes with strong crosswinds on the highway.
Warning of Loose surface material ahead.
Right of way has changed.
Traffic routing changed
Construction site exit
Old people's home
Hospital warning sign
Do not drive on shoulder
Below are some other important warning signs that may be seen standalone or with supplementary signs.
Here in the left direction. There's a similar sign that shows a single curve in the right direction.
First to the left then right. This sign also has an conterpart that show first to the right.
Indicates a steep descent ahead. The number indicates the degree of a downgrade. An ascent is shown as:
A rough road is approaching.
Indicates stretches of road that may be slippery when wet or dirty.
Indicates danger of strong crosswind ahead. (Here, from the right.)
Warns of congestion ahead.
There may be oncoming traffic. Please check the explained article 2.6 Road Signs with Arrows for more details.
Pay attention to children! This sign is often installed with other supplementary signs, for example, "Schule" (School) or "Kindergarten".
Stopping or parking should be avoided here.
The road can be slippery.
Indicates a stretch of road that has loose surface material.
Unguarded water body along the road is approaching.
Moveable or swing bridge is ahead.
This sign is placed 150m - 250m before the actual pedestrian crosswalk. Please see the above-explained article for more details.
3.2 Railroad crossing signs
Indicates unguarded railroad crossing ahead. Please see this article for details.
This sign gives advanced information about railroad crossing. A Three-lane beacon is the distance indication of 150 meters.
When installed without written distance indications, a three-lane beacon shows a distance of 240 meters, a two-lane beacon indicates a distance of 160 meters and a one-lane beacon indicates a distance of 80 meters to the railroad crossing.
A crossbuck sign prioritizes rail transport. The second crossbuck sign indicates an electrified railroad crossing.
Horizontal variations of crossbuck signs. Crossbuck signs are fitted with yellow and red lights. A yellow light indicates the train is approaching and the red light means "stop".
3.3 Priority Signs
Indicates an uncontrolled intersection or junction. Yield to traffic approaching from the right.
Indicates the driver must come to a complete stop and yield to the cross-traffic.
This sign may have a supplementary sign that shows the course of a priority road.
Stop and yield sign with a priority road sign. The supplementary sign shows the flow of the priority road through a thick curved marking.
Following are the variations a priority road can have at an intersection or a junction. The thick black line indicates priority road. The vehicle entitled to the right-of-way must not be disturbed.
The yield sign may have a supplementary sign that shows the priority road.
Yield sign with a supplementary sign that shows the flow of a priority road.
Priority road starts. This sign indicates a priority at all upcoming intersections and crossings till it is canceled.
This sign may have a supplementary sign that shows the priority road.
End of priority on the road. This road is no more a priority road.
Indicating the flow of a priority road.
Indicates priority, only at the upcoming intersection or crossing. Please also see this article.
This sign may have a supplementary sign that shows the priority road.
Indicating the flow of a priority road.
Please see the above article for more details.
Indicates priority over oncoming traffic through a narrow passage but doesn’t enforce it strictly.
Priority rules are explained in more detail on the page Right-of-Way.
3.4 Compulsory Direction Control Signs
These two signs show that traffic must turn in the indicated direction. (After the signboard). Please see the above article for more details.
These two signs show that traffic must turn in the indicated direction. Before the sign board.
The mandatory direction is straight ahead.
The mandatory direction is straight ahead or right. No left turn is allowed.
The mandatory direction is straight ahead or left. No right turn is allowed.
No straight ahead sign. The mandatory direction is right or left.
Indicates the entrance to a traffic circle. Traffic in the circle has the right-of-way. Directional signals are not required when entering a traffic circle but must be used at the exit. To learn more about traffic circles please visit Roundabout Rules.
Backing up and making u-turns in one-way streets is prohibited.
Keep right of traffic barrier/divider.
3.5 Mandatory Signs
Blue mandatory signs indicate a specified path or lane for a specific user group.
Indicates paths restricted to and mandatory for bicycles. Please also see above-explained article.
This sign indicates the path restricted to and mandatory for horse riders.
Indicates an area restricted to and mandatory for pedestrians.
Shared path for pedestrians and cyclists.
Shared but separated paths for pedestrians and cyclists. Cyclists must stay on the left and pedestrians on the right.
Shared but separated paths for pedestrians and cyclists. Cyclists must stay on the right and pedestrians on the left.
Start of a pedestrian zone. Indicates an area where only pedestrians are permitted. Cyclists also must walk and push their cycles.
End of restrictions associated with a pedestrian zone. Residents of the pedestrian zone must park their vehicles outside the zone, also at the night.
A street intended for cycling. Only a supplementary sign allows the entrance of vehicles or pedestrians.
End of restrictions associated with a bike street.
Bus lane or Bus-only lane. Other vehicles are not allowed in this lane. Parking is also not allowed in this lane.
3.6 No Entry Signage
Round signs with red and white prohibit entry of a vehicle, person, or domestic animal shown inside the red circle.
These signs may have a supplementary sign "Anlieger frei"
This sign strictly prohibits entry to all types of vehicles including pedal cycles. This sign is normally installed at the end of a one-way street.
No entry for any kind of vehicle. Motorcycles, mopeds, and bicycles can be pushed by hands.
Open only for residents and people who have a business in this street.
No entry for any kind of vehicle. Cyclists are allowed.
To see all the supplementary signs with word "frei" please visit this page with full list of German exemption plates.
This sign prohibits entry for all motor vehicles other than solo motorcycles. Please also see this above article.
No goods vehicles over maximum gross weight of more than 3.5 tons.
No entry for bicycles, not even pushed by hands.
No entry for all kinds of motorized two-wheelers. (All types of motorcycles and mopeds)
No entry for mopeds. (Motorized or electrified two-wheelers with a maximum speed of 25 km/h.)
Indicates no entry for buses and coaches.
No entry for passenger car. Please also see the sign 251.
No entry for towed trailers.
Motor vehicles with a weight of more than 3,5 t with trailers are not permitted. (They are permitted without trailers.)
No entry for vehicles that can't reach or not allowed to attain speed of 25 km/h.
This sign is normally installed at the start of a highway.
All types of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and mopeds, are not permitted.
No Entry For Vehicles Carrying Dangerous Goods.
Indicates total vehicle weight limit. A vehicle more than indicated weight is not permitted.
The axle weight is the total weight applied on the road by all wheels connected to the given axle.
No vehicles over maximum width shown in meters.
No vehicles over maximum height shown in meters.
No vehicles or combinations of vehicles over maximum length shown in meters.
Only vehicles with the appropriate emissions sticker may be driven beyond this point. Please visit the page Environmental Sticker in Germany for details.
End of restrictions associated with low emission zones.
3.7 Speed Limit Signage
The maximum speed, in kilometers per hour, at which traffic may travel, if it is safe to do so.
End of previously set maximum speed limit. Now, adjust the speed to the area. (i.e. inside city limits is 50 km/h, outside city limits is 100 km/h, on the Autobahn advisory speed limit is 130 km/h).
This sign indicates the minimum required speed. Vehicles slower than mentioned speed are not allowed on this road.
End of the minimum required speed. Now, adjust the speed to the area, if there is no speed limit sign.
In a 30 ZONE, the maximum allowed speed on all streets is 30 kilometers per hour. Also, pay attention to uncontrolled intersections in the 30 zone.
End of the zone with 30 km/h speed limit. The normal speed limit inside city limits is now applicable i.e. 50 km/h.
Indicates the start of a zone where all streets have a maximum allowed speed of 20 km/h. Here also pay attention to uncontrolled intersections.
End of the zone with 20 km/h speed limit. If there's no speed limit sign, the normal speed limit inside city limits is now applicable.
On the Autobahn this sign means no speed limit at all. You are allowed to drive as fast as you can. However, on secondary highways, this sign cancels previously set speed limits and passing restrictions. The new speed limit is now according to the road i.e. on the Landstraße it is 100 km/h.
Snow chains are mandatory. The maximum allowed speed limit with snow chains is 50 km/h.
To read more about winter tire regulations and general tire laws, please visit the page Tire laws in Germany.
Indicates the start of a Traffic-Controlled Residential Area, commonly known as "play street". The speed must be reduced to walking pace. Posted on or before streets on which pedestrians and playing children have priority.
Indicates the end of the traffic-controlled residential area, in German verkehrsberuhigten Bereichs. Vehicles leaving these areas must yield to all traffic. To read more about play street, please visit the page Driving in German Cities, Towns and Villages.
Speed limit signs may also have supplementary signs, for example:
Maximum allowed speed in wet conditions
Maximum allowed speed for vehicles over 3.5 tonne
Sometimes a road may have different speed limits in different lanes. An arrow represents a single lane on the given roadway.
The right lane has a speed limit (as indicated by the speed limit sign).
Two right lanes have a speed limit (as indicated by the speed limit sign).
All the traffic in the left two lanes must maintain the mentioned minimum speed. Slow-moving vehicles are not allowed in these lanes.
All the traffic in the mentioned lane/lanes must maintain the mentioned minimum speed. Slow-moving vehicles are not allowed in these lanes.
3.8 No Passing Signs
No Passing for any vehicle type except one line transport (solo motorcycles and mopeds).
This sign indicates no passing zone for vehicles with a total weight of over 3.5 t.
End of the no passing zone for vehicles under 3.5 t.
End of all no passing restrictions.
No passing signs may have supplementary signs. For example,
Indicates the length of current no passing zone in kilometers.
No Passing zone begins after the mentioned distance.
No Passing zone begins after the mentioned distance.
No passing zone.
Passing the slow-moving agricultural machinery is allowed.
3.9 No Standing Signs
Bus and streetcar stop. An additional sign indicates whether the stop is for buses or streetcars. Parking or stopping within 15 meters of this sign is prohibited.
Indicates area reserved for taxis. Other vehicles are not allowed to park here unless showed by a supplementary sign. This sign also can have an arrow above or below the cross to mention the start or end of a no standing zone.
No stopping or parking on the side of the road where this sign is installed.
No stopping also on the hard shoulder.
No standing sign
3.10 No Parking Signs
No parking. Only a short waiting stop of up to 3 minutes is allowed. The no parking restriction is only applicable on the same side of the road where the sign is posted.
Following are the different variations of the No Parking Sign. These variations indicate a start, end, or middle of a no parking area. All these variations are only applicable on the installation side of the sign.
Posted at entrances to an area where parking is prohibited on all streets until the sign indicating "End of parking restriction zone" is reached. This sign may have supplementary signs.
Indicates the end of the parking restriction zone.
3.11 Parking Signs
This sign may contain further variations with arrows. An arrow pointing towards the street indicates the start of a parking lot. An arrow pointing away from the street marks the end of parking and double arrows in opposite directions indicate the middle of a parking lot.
Indicates a public parking garage.
Indicates the start of a controlled parking zone. Parking in these areas is permitted on all streets with a parking disc or voucher as indicated by the supplementary sign.
Indicates the end of a controlled parking zone.
This sign indicates an area where vehicles can be parked and public transport is available.
Indicates parking and group riding. People traveling in the same direction make a group and travel in the same vehicle to save money.
In German, Parken + Mitfahren.
Parking area for hikers
Vehicles with a maximum weight of less than 3.5 tonnes can be parked on sidewalks if there is a sign indicating
"Parking on sidewalks" signs may also have arrows that indicate a start, middle, or end of the parking zone. The arrow pointing towards the street marks the start of a parking zone. Two arrows in the opposite direction indicate the middle of the parking area and an arrow pointing away from the road indicates the end of the parking zone.
This sign indicates the start of a parking area if installed on the left side of the road.
Indicates the middle point of a parking area.
This sign marks the end of a parking area if installed on the left side of the road.
Parking signs may have supplementary signs. For example:
Parking is allowed only with a parking disk and maximum parking duration is mentioned.
Parking is allowed only to mentioned vehicle class.
Parking only for resident / residents with mentioned permit number / numbers.
Parking is allowed only with a parking voucher.
Parking on the shoulder of the road.
To read more details about parking in Germany please visit the page Parking systems.
3.12 Types of Highways
Indicates the start of an Autobahn. From this point onwards, all rules and regulations governing the Autobahn must be obeyed.
This sign is installed just before the end of an Autobahn. This sign can also contain a supplementary sign indicating the distance in meters to the end of the Autobahn.
This sign is posted at the beginning of the Two-lane Expressway (Kraftfahrstraße). All entries to this road are restricted only to motor vehicles. Please also see this article.
Indicates the end of a two-lane Expressway.
3.13 Direction Signs
Following signs indicate junctions and directions to other road routes and places. Direction signs on the Autobahn are in blue while on secondary roads they are in yellow. White color signs are for any local place (a nearby small town or village).
Indicates the name of the current place. After this sign, the city limit starts and speed must be reduced to 50 km/h.
Indicates the end of the current city and speed limit restrictions associated with city limits. The Speed can be increased up to 100 km/h. Limits of the next city start at the mentioned distance.
This sign gives only information about the name of the next city or town. It does not imply a speed limit.
This sign is placed just before the exit on the Autobahn. It indicates exit to the mentioned city/cities. (Here, Mainz and Wiesbaden are names of cities).
This sign is placed just before the exit on secondary roads (all roads other than Autobahn). It indicates an exit to the mentioned city/cities.
This sign indicates the exit to a mentioned local destination / destinations.
Authorized exit from the Autobahn. It is posted exactly at the Autobahn exit.
"Ausfahrt" means "Exit".
Authorised exit from secondary roads.
Authorised exit to a local place.
Indicates the route number of the German Federal highway (Bundesstraße).
Indicates the route number of the German Autobahn.
European highway route number sign.
Different variations of direction markers on federal roads. They are posted at junctions and intersections.
A sign inside the city explaining directions to various places. The location with a blue background is the Autobahn route. Locations with yellow backgrounds are federal road (Bundesstraßen) routes and the location with a white background is a local place in the same city or nearby village.
Direction sign inside a city, pointing the direction to Autobahn, Messe (fair), and two nearest cities with their respective road numbers (if applicable).
Direction sign on roads other than Autobahn with lane configurations.
Direction to Autobahn routes with city names and highway or Autobahn numbers. The yellow-colored name indicates the federal highway route to the mentioned city. The main color of the sign is blue, so this sign is placed on Autoban.
A sign indicating the Autobahn exit is 1000 meters ahead. The number in the circle indicates the Autobahn exit number. Each Autobahn exit has a unique number.
"Autohof" means Autobahn service area. Autohof is 24 hr operated service area off the Autobahn. The number in the circle is the exit number of Autobahn.
Countdown markers indicate the distance to the start of the deceleration lane. Each bar represents 100 meters.
Exit countdown markers on federal highways (roads other than Autobahn).
Direction to the nearest Autobahn entrance and nearest city through this Autobahn.
A white sign indicates the direction to places in a town or city. Bahnhof means train station.
This type of signboard is used inside the city for a place name. Here the name of a street is shown.
Indicates a dead-end street. Posted at the beginning of the dead-end street.
Dead-end street; cyclists and pedestrians can pass through.
Pedestrians must use the sidewalk on the indicated side of the road. (Here, pedestrians must use the left side of the road.)
Use of the hard shoulder as a driving lane permitted. The number of arrows indicates the number of lanes on the roadway.
No more use of the hard shoulder as a driving lane permitted.
Leave the hard shoulder and merge to the left lane.
All lanes shift in the mentioned direction (here to the left). The number of arrows shows the number of lanes on the roadway.
One lane shifts to the right hard shoulder. The number of arrows shows the number of lanes on the roadway.
Detouring onto opposite lane. All lanes shift to the left of the median. Arrows indicate the number of lanes on the roadway.
Indicates return of the earlier split lane. The number of arrows indicate the number of lanes on the roadway.
Lanes shift of the median. Vehicles over mentioned width are not allowed in the left lane.
This sign shows the number of lanes. There is no oncoming traffic. All the lanes are in straight-ahead direction.
This sign shows the number of lanes in each direction.
Mentioned lanes have speed limits, as indicated by speed limit signs.
Vehicles having a total weight over 3.5 t are not allowed in mentioned lanes.
This sign shows certain lanes with minimum speed limits. All the traffic in these lanes/lane must maintain the mentioned minimum speed. Slow-moving vehicles are not allowed in these lanes.
This sign indicates the end of a lane/lanes. All the traffic in this lane/these lanes must merge into the adjacent lane.
Indicates exit of lane/lanes from the roadway.
This sign indicates minimum speed limit ends in certain lane/lanes.
Indicates the addition of a lane to the roadway.
3.14 Detour Signs
The following signs indicate detours and specified routes for designated vehicle classes.
Route direction for mentioned vehicles class (here over 3.5t).
Route directions for mentioned vehicle classes.
1. Turn left
2. Continue stright ahead
3. Turn right
Mentioned vehicle classes must arrange in their appropriate lanes. 1. Arrange in the left lane. 2. Arrange in the right lane.
Route directions for mentioned vehicle classes (turn after the sign).
Detour information signs (start and end of a detour). These signs are normally placed with a supplementary signs to indicate the distance to the detour. "Umleitung" means detour.
Indicates the start and end of a detour on the roads other than Autobahn. Letter "U" represents the word "Umleitung" (detour).
Detour information signs on the roads other than Autobahn.
1. Turn left after the signboard.
2. Turn right after the signboard.
Detour information signs on the roads other than Autobahn.
1. Turn left before the signboard.
2. Turn right before the signboard.
Arrange in the appropriate lane for the detour ahead.
1. Arrange in the left lane.
2. Arrange in the right lane.
This sign is normally posted with a white color supplementary sign that indicates the distance to detour.
22 is the number of the detour route. Follow the same number route to enter the next entrance on the same Autobahn.
Autobahn detour directions signs.
Indicates the next detour route (in solid black lines) to get back on the Autobahn after having been current detour route no more available.
Indicates recommended alternate Autobahn route during heavy traffic or traffic jams. There can be a supplementary sign below indicating specific vehicle classes to take the recommended route.
Indicates recommended alternate route for mentioned vehicle class. (Here, trucks should continue straight ahead to avoid traffic jams.)
End of the alternate route.
Detour routes through a roundabout have a supplementary sign, that indicates the direction of the detour. For example:
Autobahn detour sign with a supplementary sign, which indicates the route to take through the roundabout.
Detour information sign on the roads other than Autobahn. Indicates the route to take through the roundabout.
Detour information sign on the roads other than Autobahn. Mentioned vehicle class should take the specified route through the roundabout.
3.15 Service Signs
This sign indicates that public telephone is available in the upcoming service area.
3.16 Tourist Information Signs
Road signs that provide tourist information are normally in dark brown. However, there are some common information signs in other colors also that indicate points of interest for tourists.
Indicates tourist attraction point. All tourist attraction signs are posted solo.
Tourist attraction point name with the town or city name.
The wave symbol indicates a tourist attraction water body. Necker is the name of a river in Germany.
Indicates a nearby attraction point for tourists.