Driving in Germany and low emission
October 9, 2012 4:42 AM Subscribe
What's your advice for a driving holiday across Holland into Germany, particularly regarding low emission zones in cities?
So, Dr Girlfriend and I are going on a driving holiday in a week: partly to catch the Essen game fair, partly to celebrate her birthday. We're catching the ferry from the UK to the Hook of Holland, making our way to Essen (where we have a hotel booked for a few days) and then have a bunch of unplanned days before catching the ferry back.
The auto and driving sites have been useful in finding out how our car must be equipped (country sticker, first aid kit etc.) but we still have a few questions about driving and touring:
* A large number of cities on the continent are now labelled as Low Emission Zones, which means your car needs a sticker to be used within them. Fortunately, Essen doesn't adopt this until next year, but the scheme seems very confusing. If I understand right, our car (a Ford KA) would be eligible for a sticker, but the registration schemes are run by each individual city - meaning we would have to find a garage in ecah city to register our car. Surely this can't right, or do we have to actively avoid low emmission zones?
* Essen, Spieletage asides, seems a little ... dull? Guidebooks and tourist advice for the region is a bit light on. What can be done around there? My partnet is a mad cyclist, so cycle paths or trips around there would be good.
* General tips for driving in Holland and Germany? I've driven on the continent before (and on the right side) and looked at overviews of driving laws.
* Where to go on our unplanned days? We've thought about south to the French/German border and Luxembourg or north to Bremen. Caveat: I don't want to spend too long driving each day.