Traveling by car: these rest stops in Germany are worth a break

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These rest stops in Germany are worth a break

If you go on vacation by car, you should take a break from time to time. Many rest stops on the highway offer a bit of variety. If you don’t feel like eating your usual snacks, you’ll find alternatives. We present eight interesting examples.

The Illertal Ost rest area on the A7 motorway convinces with a fanciful design with curved towers and walls

The Illertal Ost rest area on the A7 motorway convinces with a fanciful design with curved towers and walls

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DrThe holiday season begins, but there’s a long ride ahead before you can unwind. If you want to get there safely, you should plan enough stops.

We have identified the most attractive rest areas in Germany for this: these highway rest areas are not only there for refueling, they are also worth staying in. Not only does it allow drivers to stretch their legs, they also score points with other amenities.

Autohof Gramschatzer Wald: Wellness for the Feet

Exhausted travelers find relaxation on the A7 motorway near Würzburg in the Gramschatzer Wald service area: the facility has a three-kilometer-long barefoot trail – wellness for weary feet.

But the facility also offers a full range of restaurants in a quiet and green environment. By the way: Quiet contemplation is possible in the Autobahn Chapel, which opened in 2015, on the grounds of the truck stop.

Southern Gropingen: Feng Shui on the A8 motorway

The first Feng Shui break on the German motorways (BAB 8) is located between Stuttgart and Ulm. The system is built according to the aspects of Asian harmony theory and takes into account the “energy flows of the landscape environment”.

The Gruibingen service area in the Göppingen region is the first Feng Shui service area in Europe

The Gruibingen service area in the Göppingen region is built according to the principle of Feng Shui

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The food is varied and often organic, the atmosphere is nice and very green. For weary travelers there is a fountain intended to revive spirits, as well as a “room of silence”.

Illertal Ost: birds chirping in a quiet place

Anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable here is really ready for a vacation! The art stop at A7 Memmingen – Ulm impresses with its imaginative design with curved towers and walls. It’s colorful here with your eyes wandering during the break.

The facility was designed by Austrian Herbert Mayrhofer as a complete work of art. The chirping of birds can be heard in the bathrooms and the sanitary facilities are clean. Swabian specialties also guarantee luxury.

Taunusblick rest area: ancient Roman watchtower

Frankfurt skyline on one side and Tonus on the other. A worthwhile stop on the A5 between Bad Homburger Kreuz and Nordwest-Kreuz Frankfurt. Because the service area presents a watchtower as a notable feature similar to Roman fortifications.

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A spiral staircase of 100 steps takes you to a height of 25 metres. From there a wonderful view opens up, which is even more beautiful when the sun rises or sets. Oh yeah: If you don’t feel like scrambling after sitting in the car for a long time, you can simply take the elevator.

Autohof Strohofer Geiselwind: Amazing offer

This facility on the A3 between Würzburg and Nuremberg regularly occupies the highest positions in elections and polls. No wonder, because many of the restaurants, shops, church, hotel, fitness center and event hall, where trucker Johnny Cash presented, are spread over an area of ​​more than 50 hectares.

Autohof Strohofer Geiselwind offers a variety of opportunities to recover from arduous journeys

Autohof Strohofer Geiselwind offers a variety of opportunities to recover from arduous journeys

Source: pa / obs VEDA – Association of German Autohöfe eV / Ruth Strohofer

There’s also Strohofer’s world of adventure with archery, GPS scavenger hunt, night tent setting, and a large climbing forest.

Service area Irschenberg Süd: stop at the coffee roaster

Admittedly, most vacationers have mixed feelings about Irschenberg when driving south. Large-scale traffic jams often form there. But the trip into the mountains usually takes you via the A8 motorway and the section between Holzkirchen and Rosenheim.

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After all: there is definitely a holiday mood in Irschenberg, because Germany’s highest service area offers a wonderful view of the Alps. Tip: You only need a few steps to reach Dinzler, an “oasis of pleasure” – according to self-promotion – with its own café, restaurant and coffee roaster including sales and vinotheque.

Service area Am Fichtenplan Nord: burger at dinner

If you’re a fan of burgers, Cindy’s Diner on the A10 between Frankfurt/Oder and Potsdam (on the Ostring Berlin) is the place for you. The menu includes fresh fries as well as specialties such as the mustard pickle burger.

The Am Fichtenplan Nord service area makes USA lovers especially happy

The Am Fichtenplan Nord service area makes USA lovers especially happy

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But even more fun than the food is to look inside: the restaurant comes in the style of a true diner from the United States in the 1950s. The desire for rock ‘n’ roll, Cadillac, Plymouth is growing …

Autohof Leipzig-Flughafen: Writings at the Director

And art again. Group 24, which operates a full chain of truck stops on German motorways, has developed a new design concept and has hired graffiti artist Jace to create iconic designs at the facility on the A9 motorway (Großkugel exit).

Two examples are a five-meter plane at the entrance and a hammock for selfies. In addition to the usual amenities – including a free fitness park – the Autohof provides travelers with an integrated display area for a variety of exhibits. Slogan: “Culture on the Autobahn”.

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