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Old June 21st, 2005, 12:08 PM   #21
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Old June 22nd, 2005, 04:33 PM   #22
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What the hell ...

Olathe, Kansas (typical - brick, recessed lighting, not too garish)





Longboat Key, Florida



Fort Collins, Colorado (most others are like typical gas stations, only with more brick, recessed lighting, more landscaping, and so on)





Las Cruces, New Mexico (lots of Southwestern-themes gas stations there, as in Santa Fe.)

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Old January 24th, 2008, 06:30 AM   #23
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Highway reststops worldwide

I would like to see pics of highway reststops from around the world. Thanks
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Old January 24th, 2008, 07:58 PM   #24
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A few rest-areas in Norway....

Some rest areas from national tourist roads:

Sohlbergplassen, Rondane (central mountain massif):







Rjupa, Valdresflya (central mountains)

Geiranger (Geiranger/Trollstigen road, Western Norway):




Lussand, Hardanger (Western Norway):


Hereiane rasteplass, Jondal, Hardanger (Western Norway)




Steinstøberget, Hardanger



Trengereid, Hardanger



Vegasjel rasteplass, Sognefjell (Western Norway)




Hellåga rasteplass, Sjonafjorden, Mo i Rana (Northern Norway)




Lillefjord, Havøysund, Finnmark (Northern Norway)


Some other rest areas:
Vevring, Naustdal (Western Norway)

Tana, Finnmark (Northern Norway)
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Old January 24th, 2008, 08:31 PM   #25
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Aren't those not just scenic stops? (nice pictures, anyway!)
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Old January 24th, 2008, 09:16 PM   #26
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Raststätte Illertal-Ost, A7 Memmingen=>Ulm, Germany






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Old January 24th, 2008, 09:35 PM   #27
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Reststop on A1 near Gdańsk:









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Old January 24th, 2008, 09:53 PM   #28
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The Netherlands doesn't feature a lot of large rest areas, since most traffic is not longer than one hour on the freeway. In my opinion, there aren't enough rest areas for truckers that feature enough facilities. The German Autohof is much better.

There are extremely much parkings in Germany, but most of them are very old, small and have besides a dirty bathroom no facilities. If you travel in Germany, and like to stop, you'll better go to a "Raststätte" instead of a parking along the Autobahn.
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Old January 24th, 2008, 10:03 PM   #29
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I think Germany has best restops, complex facitilities for relax and good food
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Old January 24th, 2008, 10:48 PM   #30
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Patrick, this thread is about rest areas, not Disneyland. I agree, Germany and Austria have good rest areas.
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Old January 24th, 2008, 10:58 PM   #31
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uf, Austrian maybe are good, but my opinion is there should be more of them, especially at A9.
my favorite are French. the only bad thing about them - they are too large so often you must walk a lot from parking to shop/caffe/toilet.
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Old January 24th, 2008, 11:21 PM   #32
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Krka reststop on A1 in Croatia:





















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Old January 24th, 2008, 11:39 PM   #33
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I've found one from Slovenia from my own itinerary.

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Old January 24th, 2008, 11:43 PM   #34
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Patrick, this thread is about rest areas, not Disneyland. I agree, Germany and Austria have good rest areas.
oh, i'm sorry, i misunderstood something
oh, is that a Jägermeister-sticker on the lamp post on your pic? and marché seems to be everywhere

chris is also right by saying that many parking lots are in a bad condition, sometimes (ok, it is a very very low number) they even don't have ac-/deceleration lanes
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and the garbage cans are always full. but the raststätten and autohöfe are in a generally good shape.

the ADAC (general german automobil club) tests often the Raststätten and Autohöfe. Rank #1 in Europe of all tested Rest areas has german Medenbach-Ost on the A3 Frankfurt => Köln







you can find the full list here (also for other european countries):

http://www.adac.de/Tests/Mobilitaet_...3B26F8858E9450

the worst tested one is italian Ventimiglia Autoporto Nord on A10 Genova => France

translation help:

Verkehr und Parken = Traffic and Parking (signs, line markings, etc.)
Außenanlage = outdoors
Zugang und Innenbereich = Entrance and indoors
the text that doesn`t show up is Familienfreundlichkeit = family-friendliness
you can get further informations when you click on the name of the rest area

best in 2005: Raststätte Hegau-Ost, A81 Lake Constance => Stuttgart, Germany
worst in 2005: Raststätte Bad Bellingen-West, A5 Freiburg => Basel, Germany
http://www.adac.de/Tests/Mobilitaet_...B26F8858E9450#

best in 2006: Raststätte Fläming-Ost, A9 Leipzig => Berlin, Germany
worst in 2006: Autohof Neumünster-Süd, A7 Flensburg - Hamburg, Germany
http://www.adac.de/Tests/Mobilitaet_...B26F8858E9450#

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Verso, is this Ravbarkomanda?
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Old January 24th, 2008, 11:50 PM   #36
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^ No, it's Lom (also on A1 for Koper).


Oh, the worst rest areas are in Switzerland, because they are always full of old gays offering you sex.
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Old January 25th, 2008, 12:33 AM   #37
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Aren't those not just scenic stops? (nice pictures, anyway!)
Frankly, I have never stopped to any of these places, but generally, all Norwegian rest areas have some sort of (usually, but not always stinky) toilet facility. For some reason, however, not many people tend to take pictures of these...

Big rest areas with the possibilities to buy food can only be found along some of the main motorways. In addition there are of course restaurants catering truck drivers and tourist along most highways, but I would not call that rest areas.

I must admit, as most of Norway is rural outside the major urban areas, and traffic is light along most highways, I usually try to avoid rest areas altogether when driving, and spill my fluids (but certainly not solids) in the woods somewhere (probably unthinkable in most of Europe and shocking for the puritan Americans....)

The best rest areas I have seen is in the US. Germany's are to stinky and the food is terrible and expensive. The same is true for most of the rest of Europe and Australia, imho.
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Old January 25th, 2008, 02:40 AM   #38
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Frances are the best IMO. Every few KM's a small area with a toilet and at major points a larger stop with some decent food outlets that are quite good albeit very expensive.

The UK's have been improving although they are also expensive but they are plagued with fast food outlets or really dodgy breakfast places.
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Old January 25th, 2008, 08:23 AM   #39
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My favorite rest stops are the Italian Autogrills and those in Austria (Rosenberger, Oldtimer have excellent food ), maybe Germany too. They are also quite clean - toiletwise.

Though the regular parkings have quite dirty toilets.

BTW, I have discovered that the level of civilization in a country can be measured by how clean its toilets are!
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Patrick, this thread is about rest areas, not Disneyland.
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