In Reply to: German Autobahn Recommendations posted by BM on October 23, 1999 at 22:24:35:
All the Autobahns in former East Germany (known nowadays as the "Neue Laender" -- the "New States") were so run down that they all had to be totally rebuilt, i.e. you're in for major constructio and frustration there. Also, I believe that all states in former East Germany have speed limits of 120-130kmh, which is about 80 mph.
Also, many "Laender" (similar to states in the US) have state-wide speed limits of 130 km/h. I'm pretty sure that Hessen has state-wide speed limits.
If you really want to drive fast, take the "Heizerautobahn" (I'd very loosely translate that as "ass-hauling autobahn") from Frankfurt to Hannover -- you'll fit right in. This is where businessmen drive their Mercedes 600 / BMW 750i at the speed governor of 250 km/h -- 155 mph.
Keep one thing in mind: no matter how fast you're going, always, always, always check your rear-view mirrors for cars going faster than you! Look for cars approaching with their headlights on -- get out of their way. Do not hog the left lane unless you're overtaking, no matter how fast you're going. 120 mph might feel fast to you, but I can guarantee you that there will be people going faster...