Autobahn is a German loanword for controlled-access highways. An autobahn is for fast travel by road vehicles.

Autobahn sign in Switzerland.


The word Autobahn contains Auto, 'car', and Bahn, 'way/road'.[1]

In English, autobahn means a highway especially in a German-speaking country.[2] This means Germany and Austria, and usually also Switzerland. In German, however, Autobahn means a highway anywhere in the world.[2]


  • Bundesautobahn in Austria
  • Bundesautobahn in Germany
  • Autobahn in Switzerland


  1. "Autobahn Definition & Meaning". Retrieved December 8, 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "The German autobahn". I am expat. March 2020. Retrieved December 8, 2022.

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