Road Signs in Germany

This page contains topics:

  1. Categories of German Road Signs
    Explains four categories in German road signs.
  2. Some Confusing Signs with Similar Appearances
    Explaination of some signs that have similar looks and hidden meanings.
  3. Important Road Signs in Germany
    Explaination of all the important road signs in Germany.

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A road sign before a school in Germany

An example sign pole before a school. Sign poles may have multiple signs on a pole.

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.

That are: Two red groups and two blue groups.

Red triangle group
Red triangle group
Red circle group
Red circle group
Blue circle group
Blue circle group
Blue square group
Blue square group

Red Triangle Group red triangle

These are hazard signs or warning signs. They warn about something approaching, for example, a slippery surface.

Yield sign Yield sign looks similar to the red triangle group but it can’t be placed in red triangle group. This is only sign that has corner facing downwards.

Red Circle Group no entry sign

Signs in red circle group are generally prohibition signs. They prohibit some kind of action or state of action, for example, no entry sign.

A Red Ring no entry sign is also a traffic sign itself. Red Ring - In addition to any sign/placard, the Red Ring forbids (in general) the item noted and anything of greater size or value.

Blue Circle Group blue circle

Signs on blue circle normally show something mandatory. For example, a blue circle with a bicycle on it means, bicycles must use this path, and at sametime that also means, this bicycle path/lane is not allowed for all other transports.

These sings enforce the traffic flow. In unofficial German language they are called Gebotschilder that means command sings.

Blue Square Group recommendations signs group

It’s the rarest group. These are normally directing signs, showing some regulation/recommendation inside.

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Some Confusing signs with Similar Appearances

1. Signs Showing Pedestrian Crosswalk

Pedestrian Crosswalk warning
Sign 101-11

sign above Pedestrian Crosswalk
Sign 350-10

101-11 Pedestrian Crosswalk warning is a warning sign. It is placed a little before the approaching pedestrian crosswalk as an advance notice. It can be placed 150m-250m before Pedestrian Crosswalk.

Sign 350-10 sign above Pedestrian Crosswalk is placed directly above the pedestrian crosswalk and it’s made with reflecting material. In snow, if pedestrian crosswalk lines are not visible, drivers on approaching this sign must give way to pedestrians. In case of an accident, no accuse would be accepted, because every pedestrian crosswalk has this sign hanging above it.

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.

But they are mentioned in official letters. For example, the penalty letter from the authority will be indicating the number of sign that has been violated.

Warning Signs with Supplementary Sings

Warning signs can also have additional signs, explaining or increasing the meaning of approaching danger. For example:

warning area after 100 meters distance 100m

If only a length is indicated (as shown in above example) on additional sign, it means the warned area is so much distance ahead. Here, for example, roadwork/construction site is 100 meters ahead.

When in a supplementary sign, there are arrows in addition to the number, it means the length of the warned area. Here, the below example is indicating that construction site/ roadwork is 800 m long.

construction site shows length
Sign 123 with 1001-30

Also, there can be more than one supplementary signs. For example in the above example, if both supplementary signs are placed under sign 123, it means a construction site is 100 meters ahead and this site is 800 meters long.

2. Speed Limit Signs

upper speed limit
Sign 274-50

mandetory speed limit
Sign 275-30

recomended speed limit
Sign 380-54

autobahn exit
Sign 406-50

Sign 274-50 upper speed limit belongs to prohibition signs (the red circle group), means speed above the stated speed is prohibited (upper speed limit).

Sign 275-30 lower speed limit belongs to the mandatory group, means speed stated in the blue circle is the lowest mandatory speed. Vehicles slower than this speed are not allowed on this road (Lower speed limit).

Sign 380-54 recomended speed limit belongs to the recommendation group. Speed inside the blue rectangle is the recommended speed. Though under perfect conditions, vehicles can drive faster than recommended speed.These are the rarest signs.

Sign 406-50 autobahn exit is not speed indication at all and this sign comes on Autobahn with other signs. It shows an Autobahn exit number. Every exit on Autobahn has a number. Please see the examples below.

autobahn sign
Sign 448

autobahn sign
Sign 448.1

Speed Limit Zone

Speed Limit Zone
Sign 274.1-20

Speed Limit Zone
Sign 274.1

Sign 274.1 and Sign 274.1-20 also belongs to the prohibition group as the actual sign is red circle inside the rectangle.

3. Same Sign in Different Groups

no entry for cyclists
Sign 254

cyclists path
Sign 237

cyclists may cross the road
Sign 138-10

All these signs have bicycles in them, but the meaning of each sign is different.

Sign 254 bicyclists no allowed belongs to prohibition signs group (red circle group), so it prohibits the bicyclists to enter.

Sign 237 cyclists path belongs to command signs group (blue circle group), means bicyclists must use this path, and all others traffic is not allowed to use this path.

Sign 138-10 cyclist may cross the road belongs to warning signs group. It warns that there can be bicyclists.

4. Signs with Arrows

manadatory direction
Sign 209-30

einbahnstrasse (one way street)
Sign 353

These two signs may seem similar to each other but have very different meanings.

Sign 209-30 belongs to mandatory sings group. It indicates mandatory direction - straight ahead. Sign 209 has other variations also. Please check the full list of traffic signs.

Sign 353 belongs to the directional group. It indicates a one-way street /road. The one-way street is normally indicated with sign 220, with word Einbahnstraße written on it, but sometimes with 353. This sign will remain valid till 2022 and then it will be abolished along with some other signs.

Sign 211

Sign 209

Sign 214

Sign 222

Sign 211 and 209 both indicate mandatory turn direction (here right). The Main difference between two is: Sign 211 indicates turn right before the signboard and 209 indicates turn right after the signboard. (There are similar signs for turning left). In both cases, 209 and 211 blinking is mandatory , despite there is no other direction to turn.

Sign 214 gives two possibilities turn right or drive straight. Turning left here is not allowed.

Sign 222 also belongs to the mandatory group. Directs to a mandatory passage, for example before a traffic island, before barriers. Drivers must pass the obstacle on the side indicated by the arrow.

Important! it’s not a mandatory left turn sign. Please see the image below.

Actiewagen.jpg
Von M.Minderhoud - Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Sign 208

Sign 308

Sign 125

Sign 208 belongs to prohibition signs group. It indicates a narrow passage ahead and oncoming traffic has the right to cross the narrow place first.

Sign 308 Indicates crossing priority over oncoming traffic through a narrow passage but doesn’t enforce it strictly.

Sign 125 should not be confused with signs 208 and 308. This sign just warns about oncoming traffic. For example, near the roadwork or construction site, where some part of the road can be occupied and passage can be narrow.

Following two signs don't have arrows in them but they are related to narrow passage.

Sign 121-10

Sign 121-20

These two signs also indicate a narrow passage ahead. 121-10 Indicates that oncoming traffic has the right-of-way., and 121-20 indicates crossing priority over oncoming traffic. In case of one-way-street, zipper rule applies.

5. Downgrade and Upgrade Signs

Sign 108-10

Downgrade

Sign 110-12

Upgrade

Downgrade and upgrade signs are 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 downgrade).

6. No Entry for Two-Wheelers

Sign 255

Sign 257-50

Difference between Signs 255 and 257-50 is that 255 completely bans the entry of two-wheeled motor vehicles including motorcycles with or without sidecar, mopeds, or motor-assisted cycles.

Sign 257-50 indicates just no entry for mopeds.

7. No Restrictions Sign

Sign 274-60 with 276

Sign 278-60 with 280

Sign 282

This sign combines signs 278-60 and 280

It indicates end of all route-related speed restrictions and overtaking bans.

Sign 274-60 is placed to limit the speed on country highways ( Landstraße). It’s then canceled through sign 278-60 . Sometimes it is placed along with sign 276 , which means the speed limit is 60km/h and the passing of two-line vehicles is not allowed. One-line transport (motorcycles) can still be passed.

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.

Sign 274-60 together with sign 276 is called Streckenverbot (en-route or road restriction) in German. Sign 278-60 and Sign 280 are used to show End of the maximum speed limit, and passing restriction either together or both can be merged into a single Sign 282 .

Important!

Basically, the sign 282 nullifies the previously set speed limit and passing prohibition.

Now, this sign 282 can also be seen on Autobahn, but on the federal highway (Bundesstraße) and country highway (Landstraße) it means that now vehicles can drive up to 100km/h, contrary to Autobahn where it means no speed limit.

8. Sign indicating Name of a Place

Sign 385

Sign 310

Sign 385 Indicates the name of the coming place. No need to reduce the speed to 50 km/h, as buildup areas have not started yet.

Sign 310 is posted at the beginning of town or city limits. At this point, speed must be reduced to 50 kph (31 mph). This sign indicates the name of the town or city.

9. Road / Highway number

Sign 401

Sign 405

Sign 410

These are identification numbers of Highways and Autobahns.

Yellow color (sign 401) sign indicates it’s a federal highway. Green color (sign 410) indicates it’s a European highway, the blue color sign (sign 405) indicates Autobahn number.

All the regulatory signs on the highway are in yellow colors, while they are in blue color on Autobahn.

10. Sings with Extra Hidden Meannings

Right before Left

Sign 102

Sign 102 indicates an uncontrolled intersection or junction ahead. The strict message in this sign is yield to the traffic approaching from the right.

Sometimes, there are areas that look like a parking place or pedestrian path, with the sign 120 it is clearly indicated that here traffic approaching from the right has the right of way.

No Entry for All Types of Motor Driven Vehicles

Sign 251

This sign doesn’t just indicate no-entry for cars, rather it means no entry for all two-line transport. In other words, it prohibits entry for all motor vehicles other than motorcycles.

(Two-line transport means the vehicles that leave behind two lines in snow)

11. Red Sign on Lamp Posts

Sign 394-50

This sign is often found on street lights. It’s not a traffic sign. It indicates that street lamp doesn’t glow whole night.

12. Important Sign near Border Crossing

Sign 392

This is the sign for Customs Control. Indicates customs-control offices at border crossings. Customs must be paid on border otherwise it’s costly if checked by Zoll department (custom department).

13. Ausfahrt freihalten (keep the exit clear)

Blocking the driveway (exit or entrance) can be very costly in Germany. Whenever you park your vehicle pay special attention if there is sign "Ausfahrt freihalten" or "Einfahrt freihalten". This sign is private sign and has specific color, but mostly it is in white or yellow color.
"Ausfahrt" means exit and "Einfahrt" means entrance.

Keep driveway clear!

Important Road Signs in Germany

The following section contains some important road signs in Germany. These are the signs you often see on German roads. If you are not preparing for driver's license theory exam, studying this section would give enough information about German road signs to safely drive on road.
If you want to study the complete list of German road signs it is on this page.

Hazard signs or Warning signs

Warning signs are placed 150m-250m before the approaching danger. Some important and common warning signs are explained below.

This sign is normally supported by one or two additional supplementary signs, which explain the nature of approaching danger. A few important supplementary signs that often come with danger sign are:

Road damage (Straßenschäden). A supplementary sign explains the danger ahead in written form.

Danger of accident.(The area ahead has strong history of accidents.) A supplementary sign explains the danger ahead in written form.

Skidding danger due to strong side wind. A supplementary sign explains the danger ahead in written & symbolic forms.

To see the complete list of different supplementary signs please vist this section on the page List of road signs. Some more important supplementary signs with general danger sign are below.These supplementary signs may come with varity of major signs including general hazard sign.

Warning of Loose surface material ahead.

Right-of-way has changed.

Traffic routing has changed.

Construction site exit

Old-age home

Hospital

Do not drive on the road shoulder.

Unfall (accident). Temporary sign placed at the site of an accident. Click here to see an example.

Below are some other important warning signs that may be seen as standalone or with some supplementary signs.

A single curve is approaching. (Here in left direction.) There's a similar sign that show single curve in right direction.

Indicates an approaching double curve - first left. It also has an conterpart that show first right.

Indicates a downgrade ahead. Number indicates degree of downgrade. An upgrade is show as:

Indicates rough road ahead.

Danger of Skidding or slipping. Indicates stretches of road that may be slippery when wet or dirty.

Crosswind (from the right here.)

Indicates that a traffic jam (Stau) may be ahead.

There may be oncoming traffic. Please check this article for more details.

Pay attention to children. This often comes with other supplementary signs, for example "Schule" (School) or "Kindergarten".

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Danger of falling rocks. Stopping or parking should be avoided here.

Beware of an icy road ahead. The road can be slippery.

Possible Loose chippings ahead. Indicates a stretch of road that has loose surface material.

Unguarded water body along the road is appraoching.

Moveable or swing bridge ahead.

Pedestrian crossing ahead. This sign is placed 150m - 250m before the actual pedestrian crosswalk. Please see above explained article for more details.

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Railroad crossing

Indicates unguarded railroad crossing. Please see this article for details.

Railroad crossing with three-lane beacon, with distance indication.

When installed without written distance indications, three-lane beacon shows distance of 240 meters, two-lane beacon indicates distance of 160 meters and one-lane beacon indicate distance of 80 meters to Railroad crossing.

Railroad crossing. Prioritize rail transport. The sign below indicates electrified railroad crossing.

Second variation of railroad crossing sign. There are fitted with yellow and red lights. Yellow light indicates train is appraoching and red light means "stop".

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Right-of-Way Sings

Indicates an intersection or junction. Yield to traffic approaching from the right.

Indicates driver must come to a complete stop and give the cross traffic right of way.
This sign can have a supplementary sign that shows the priority road.

Stop sign with supplementary sign that shows flow of priority road.

Following are the variations a priority road can have at an intersection or a junction. Thick black line indicates priority road. The vehicle entitled to the right of way must not be disturbed while driving.

Yield right-of-way.
This sign may have a supplementary sign that shows the priority road.

Yield sign with a supplementary sign that shows the priority road.

Priority Road starts. This sign indicates a priority at all upcoming intersections and crossings till it canceled.
This sign may have a supplementary sign that shows the priority road.

Sign 307

End of priority on the road.

Priority Road sign, indicating the flow of 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.

Priority Road sign, indicating the flow of priority road.

Yield to Oncoming Traffic. Please see above article for more details.

Sign 308

ndicates crossing priority over oncoming traffic through a narrow passage but doesn’t enforce it strictly.

Right of way is explaind in more detail on page Right-of-Way.

Mandatory Direction Signs

Indicates that traffic must turn in the indicated direction. (After the sign board). Please see this above article for more details.

Mandatory direction of travel. No turns are permitted. All vehicles must proceed straight ahead.

Indicates that traffic must turn in the indicated direction. (Before the sign board).

Mandatory direction of travel, straight ahead and right (after the sign board).

Mandatory direction of travel, straight ahead and left (after the sign board).

Mandatory direction of travel, right and left. Stright ahead is not allowed or closed.

Indicates entrance to a traffic circle. Traffic in the circle has the right-of-way. Directional signals are not required when entering, but must be used when exiting the circle.

One-way street. Backing up and making Uturns on one-way streets are prohibited.

Keep right of traffic barrier/divider.

Signs indicating Specified Paths

Bicycle lane. Indicates paths restricted to and mandatory for bicycles. Please also see this article.

Bridleway. Indicates that the path is restricted to and mandatory for horse riders.

Pedestrian path. Indicates areas restricted to and mandatory for pedestrians.

Shared path for pedestrians and cyclists.

Shared but separated path for pedestrians and cyclists. Cyclists must stay on left and pedestrians on right.

Shared but separated path for pedestrians and cyclists. Cyclists must stay on right and pedestrians on left.

Start of pedestrian zone. Indicates an area where only pedestrians are permitted. Cyclists also must walk and push their cycles.

End of pedestrian zone. Residents of the pedestrian zone must park their vehicles outside the zone, also at night.

Bicyclist lane/path. A bicycle lane is a road intended for cycling, but as a rule its lane (but not, for example, sidewalks). Only a supplementary sign allows the entrance of vehicles or pedestrians.

End of bicyclist lane/path.

Bus lane or Bus-only lane. Other vehicles are not allowed in this lane. Parking is also not allowed in this lane.

Entry Prohibited Signs

Round signs with red and white prohibits entry of vehicle, person or domestic animal shown inside the red circle.
These signs may have a supplementary sign "Anlieger frei" meaning "open for residents", or there can be supplementary sign with a symbol along with the German word "frei", that allows the objec indicated in the symbol to enter the street. For example, .

Do not enter. Strictly prohibits entry for all types of vehicles.

No entry for any kind of vehicle. Motorcycles, Mopeds and bicycles can be pushed by hands.

Open only for residents and people have 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 road signs.

Two line motor vechiles prohibited. Prohibits entry for all motor vehicles other than motorcycles. Please see this above article also.

No entry for motor vehicles with a weight of more than 3,5t.

No entry for bicycles.

No entry for all kinds motorcycles and mopeds.

No entry for mopeds.

No entry for buses and coaches.

No entry for passenger car. Please also see the sign 251.

No entry for passenger car with trailer.

Motor vehicles with a weight of more than 3,5t with trailer are not permitted. (They are permitted without trailer).

No entry for slow-moving vehicles. (Vehicles that can't reach or not allowed to attain speed of 25km/h).

No Pedestrians Permitted.

All types of motor vehicles, including motorcycles and mopeds, are not permitted.

Motor vehicles with dangerous goods are not permitted.

Indicates total vehicle weight limit. Vehicle more than indicated weight are not permitted.

Load limit per axle

Width Limit

Height Limit

Length Limit

Low-emission zone / Environmental Zone. Only vehicles with the appropriate emissions sticker may be driven from this point. Please see this para for details.

End of Low-emission zone / Environmental Zone.

Speed Limit Signs

Maximum allowed speed.

End of previously set upper-speed limit. Now, adjust speed according to the area. (i.e. inside city limit (50), outside city limits(100), Autobahn(130)).

Minimum required speed. Vehicles slower than mentioned speed are not allowed on this road.

End of minimum required speed.

30 Zone. Maximum allowed speed is 30km/h.

End of 30 Zone. The speed limit would be now 50 km/h. (Normal speed limit inside city limits).

20 Zone. Maximum allowed speed is 20km/h.

End of 20 Zone.

No speed limit at all. You can drive as fast as you can!

Snow chains are mandatory. The speed limit is 50km/h.

Start of Traffic-Controlled Residential Area. 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. Vehicles leaving these areas must yield to all traffic.

Speed limit signs may also have supplementary signs, for example:

Maximum allowed speed in wet conditions.

Maximum allowed speed for vehicles over 3.5t.

Sometimes a road may have different speed limits in different lanes. An arrow represents a single lane on the roadway.

Right lane has speed limit (as indicated by speed limit sign).

Right lanes has speed limit (as indicated by speed limit sign).

All the traffic in 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.

No Passing Sings

No Passing for any vehicle type except one line transport (like motorcycles and mopeds).

No passing for vehicles with a total weight of over 3.5t.

End of no passing zone for vehicles under 3.5t.

End of all passing restrictions.

End of all previously set passing and speed restrictions.

No passing signs may have supplementary signs. For example,

No Passing for mentioned distance.

Passing ban begins in mentioned distance.

Passing ban begins in mentioned distance.

Passing of slow moving agricultural machinery is allowed.

No Parking Sings

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.

Absolutely no stopping or parking on the same side the road where the sign is installed. Please visit page Parking in Germany to read morea about parking and no-parking in Germany.

Continuation of last sign. Arrow pointing towards the road shows start of a stopping prohibited area. The easy way to read these signs is to imagine them along the flow of raod (rotate them at 90 degree in your mind).

Arrow pointing away from the road indicates end of a no stopping.

This sign is placed in the middle of no parking or stopping area and prohibits stopping or parking before and after this sign. Installation on the right side of the road.

No parking. Only a short waiting stop up to 3 minutes is allowed. The restriction is only applicable on the same side of the road where the sign is posted.

No parking. A short waiting stop up to 3 minutes is allowed. Arrow pointing towards the road shows start of a no parking area.

The arrow pointing away from the road indicates end of a no parking.

No parking or a more than 3 minutes longer stop is not permitted before and after this sign. The restriction is only applicable on the same side where the sign is posted.

Taxi stand. Indicates area reserved for taxis. Other vehicles are not allowed to park here unless showed by supplementary sign. This sign also can have arrow above or below the cross that would mean the same as in previously shown signs.

Posted at entrances to a area where parking is prohibited on all streets in the area until the "End of parking restriction zone" sign is reached. This sign may have supplementary signs.

End of parking restriction zone

Parking Signs

Parking place. This sign also indicates the direction to parking area.

Start of a parking area.

End of a parking area.

Parking is allowed in both directions from the sign.

parking garage

Start of parking management zone. Parking in these areas is permitted on all streets with parking disc or voucher as indicated by additional sign.

End of parking management zone.

Park and ride; indicates areas where vehicles can be parked and public transport is available.

Park and group ride. People traveling in the same directions make groups and travel in the same vehicle to save money.

Parking area for hikers

Cars and other vehicles that have maximum mass less than 3.5t can be parked on sidewalks if there is a sign indicating "Parking on sidewalks". A vehicle can be parked on sidewalks in a variety of ways. The sign also shows in which position car should be parked on sidewalks. This sign can have the following variations.

Parking on sidewalks half left in driving direction.

Parking on sidewalks half right in driving direction.

Parking on sidewalks completely left in driving direction.

Parking on sidewalks completely right in driving direction.

Perpendicular parking half on the sidewalk and half in the street on left side of the road.

Perpendicular parking half on the sidewalk and half in the street on right side of the road.

Perpendicular parking completely on the sidewalk on left side of the road.

Perpendicular parking completely on the sidewalk on right side of the road.

Parking signs may have supplementary signs. For example:

Parking is allowed only with parking disk and maximum parking duration is mentioned.

Parking is allowed only for mentioned vehicle class.

Parking only for resident / residents with mentioned permit numbers

Parking is allowed only with parking voucher.

Use road shoulder for parking

No parking on road shoulder

Indicates parking orientation (pull in straight)

Indicates parking orientation (pull in diagonally)

Types of highways

There are two types of highways in Germany.

  1. Autobahn
  2. Kraftfahrstraße (Expessway)

start of Autobahn

Start of Autobahn. From this point on, all rules and regulations governing the Autobahn must be obeyed.

End of Autobahn. Posted just before the end of the autobahn. This sign may indicate the distance in meters to the end of the autobahn.

Posted at beginning of Two-lane Expressway (Kraftfahrstraße), entrances to this road is restricted to motor vehicles. Please also see this article.

End of Two-lane Expressway.

Signs indicating Directions to Other Roads and Places

Blue color signs are used for Autobahn, yellow ones are used for Expressway or federal highway and white color is for any local place (a nearby small town or village).

Place name. After this sign, city limit starts and speed must be reduced to 50km/h.

End of the current city and its limit. Speed can be increased up to 100km/h. Limit of next city starts at the given distance.

Place name (gives only information, does not imply a speed limit).

This sign is placed just prior to the exit on Autobahn. This indicates exit to the mentioned city/cities. (Here, Mainz and Wiesbaden are names of cities).

This sign is placed just prior to the exit on the roads other than Autobahn (for example, Expressway ). Indicates exit to the mentioned city/cities.

Indicates exit to the mentioned local destination / destinations.

Authorised exit from Autobahn Posted at autobahn exits.

"Ausfahrt" means "Exit"

Authorised exit from roads other than Autobahn.

Authorised exit from roads other than Autobahn.

Indicates the route number of the German Federal highway (Expressway).

Indicates the route number of the German Autobahn.

European highway route number.

Different variations of direction markers on Expressway. They are posted at junctions and intersections.

A sign inside the city showing direction to various places. Location with blue background is the Autobahn route. Locations with yellow background are Expressway (federal highway) routes and location with white backgroud is a local place in the same city or nearby village.

Direction sign inside a city. Here showing the direction to Autobahn, Messe (fair), and two nearest cities with their respective highway number (if applicable).

Direction sign on Expressway (federal highway) with lane configurations.

Direction to Autobahn routes with city names and highway or Autobahn numbers. Yellow colored name indicates federal highway route to the mentioned city. The main color of the sign is blue, so this sign is placed on Autoban.

Sign indicating Autobahn exit 1000 meters ahead. The number in the circle indicates 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. Number in the circle is the exit number of Autobahn.

Autobahn exit markers

Expressway exit marker; posted at 300m, 200m and 100m before exit.

Direction to nearest Autobahn entrance and nearest city through this Autobahn.

Indicates the direction to places in a town or city. Bahnhof means train station.

Signboard used inside city for a place name, here 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 left side of the road.)

Use of hard shoulder as driving lane permitted. Number of arrows indicates number of lanes on the roadway.

No more use of hard shoulder as driving lane permitted.

leave the hard shoulder and merge to left lane.

Sign 511-12

All lanes shift in mentioned direction (here left). Number of arrows shows the number of lanes on the roadway.

Sign 511-26

One lane shift to right hard shoulder. Number of arrows shows the number of lanes on the roadway.

Sign 501-10, 501-11, 501-12

Detouring onto opposite lane. All lanes shift to the left of the median. Number of arrows indicate number of lanes on the roadway.

Sign 501-26

Indicates return of earlier split lane. Number of arrows indicate number of lanes on the roadway.

Sign 505-11

Lane shift of the median. Vehicles over mentioned width are not allowed in the left lane.

Sign 521-30

This signs shows the number of lanes. There is no oncoming traffic. All the lanes are in straight-ahead direction.

Sign 522-36

This sign shows the number of lanes in each direction. There is oncoming traffic.

Sign 523-31

Mentioned lanes has speed limit (as indicated by speed limit sign).

Sign 524-31

Vehicles having total weight over 3.5t are not allowed in the mentioned lanes.

Sign 525-31

This sign shows certain lanes with lower speed limits. All the traffic in these lane/lanes must maintain the mentioned minimum speed Slow moving vehicles are not allowed in these lanes.

Sign 531-13

This sign indicates end of a lane/lanes. All the traffic in this lane/these lanes must merge to the adjust lane.

Sign 533-22

Indicates exit of lane/lanes from roadway.

Sign 535-21

Indicates minimum speed limit ends on certain lane/lanes.

Sign 541-21

A lane is added.

Detour and Specified Routes for Disignated Vehicles

Route direction for mentioned vehicles (here over 3.5t).

Route direction for mentioned vehicles.
1. Turn left
2. Continue stright ahead
3. Turn right

Mentioned vehicles should arrange in the appropriate lane.
1. Arrange in the left lane.
2. Arrange in the right lane.

Route direction for mentioned vehicles. (After the sign)

Detour information signs. (Start and end of detour) These signs are normally placed with a supplementary sign to indicate the distance to detour. "Umleitung" mean detour.

Detour information signs on the roads other than Autobahn. (Indicates start and end of detour)

Detour information signs on the roads other than Autobahn.
1. Turn left after the sign board.
2. Turn right after the sign board.

Detour information signs on the roads other than Autobahn.
1. Turn left before the sign board.
2. Turn right before the sign board.

Arrange in appropriate lane for detour.
1. Arrange in the left lane.
2. Arrange in the right lane.

Autobahn detour sign. This sign is normally posted with a white color supplementary sign that indicates the distance to detour.
22 is the number of detour route. Follow the same number route to enter next entrance on the same Autobahn.

Autobahn detour direction 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 vehicles to take the recommended route.

Indicates recommended alternate route for mentioned vehicle class. (Here, trucks should countinue stright ahead to avoid traffic jams.)

End of alternate route.

Detour routes through a roundabout have a supplementary sign, that indicates the direction of 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 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.

Service Signs

First aid center or hospital.

Police station.

Autobahn telephone booth. Indicates that public telephone available is available in the upcoming service area.

Emergency telephone

Petrol filling station

Liquefied petroleum gas is available at Petrol filling station.

Compressed natural gas is available at Petrol filling station.

Autobahn hotel

Autobahn restaurant

Autobahn snack machine

Autobahn lavatory/Restrooms

Autobahn chapel

Information point

Car repair shop

Charging site for electric vehicles

Hydrogen filling station

Caravan parking parking

Caravan and camping trailer parking

Toll road for Vehicles over 3.5t.

End of toll road.

Toll road for all Vehicles.

Customs control office.

Signs indicating Tourist Attractions

Tourist attractions signs are normally in dark brown color. However, there are some common information signs which are not in dark brown color, but can points of interest for tourists.

Point of interest. Indicates tourist attraction point. All tourist attraction signs are always posted alone.

Tourist route.

Tourist attraction point name with town or city name.

Tourist attraction point name with route information.

Tourist attraction point: A river or a canal name.

Tourist information about nearby attraction point.

Castle

Castle

Museum

Museum

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