One would never have thought that there would be a ban on kissing in “bella Italia” of all places.

It should be the busiest on Friday from 1 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. When returning to Germany, drivers should be prepared for selective checks at the borders.

Traffic jams abroad too

In Switzerland, too, it is mainly travelers passing through on the transit routes to the south that cause heavy traffic. The last two cantons are also starting the summer vacation. On Friday afternoon into the evening and on Saturday morning, drivers should expect block handling at the Gotthard tunnel.

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The Passage du Gois is part of the old national road 148 (today D 948) between Île de Noirmoutier and Beauvoir-sur-Mer in France. Nothing unusual at first glance, if it weren’t also a structural curiosity. Because the almost 4.2 kilometers long route is only passable at certain times. And now also a tourist attraction. We’ll show you what makes the passage so special in our photo show.

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The Passage du Gois is located in the Baie de Bourgneuf nature reserve. It connects the island of Ile de Noirmoutier with Beauvoir-sur-Mer on the mainland. The tide-dependent use makes it something special. At low tide the traffic flows, at high tide the road is swallowed by water masses. The display board provides information on the use of the slope. If you don’t just want to rely on it, you should keep an eye on the closely spaced rescue and observation towers – a good orientation for pedestrians so that they are not surprised by the flood.

Annual race along the Passage du Gois

Since 1987 there has been a race along the passage in the second half of June, always on a Saturday – the so-called "Les Foulées du Gois". It starts as soon as the water reaches the road. In plain language this means: the fastest runners stay dry, the slower ones wade through the water, all those who follow will reach the bank by swimming.

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Visitors can take the road to the French Atlantic island of Île de Noirmoutier, the majority of which is below sea level. The highlight of the island are the very flat sandy beaches that extend into the sea. Since 1971, a nearly 600 meter long bridge has also connected the island to the mainland. But the route over the Passage du Gois is and will remain a much bigger adventure.

Anyone who is traveling abroad by rental car should find out about the relevant laws on driving in advance. Because in some countries there are regulations that differ greatly from what drivers know from their home country. It may be that some are already out of date and have little use in this day and age. In that case, they only put a smile on your face. Others can be helpful. In cooperation with we have put together the most unusual laws for drivers all over the world, which we present to you here:

Germany: Get out of the car unclothed

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Bet, hardly anyone knows this law: German drivers are allowed to sit and drive naked in the car, because the car is considered a private area. This should be related to the fact that in this country you usually drive with clothes. If you change your mind, you should put something on before getting out. Because in the case there is a threat of a fine of 40 euros.

Italy / Eboli: kissing in the car

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That of all things "bella Italia" no one would have thought that kissing is forbidden. But is true. At the latest in the small town of Eboli (Campania), amore mio is over! Anyone who is caught exchanging tenderness in the car can face a fine of up to 500 euros. In that case the hot-blooded Italians have no mercy.

Switzerland: slamming the car door

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The Swiss like it quiet. And don’t like to hear it when the car door is slammed. It is even forbidden. In the legal text it says:"Vehicle drivers, passengers and auxiliary persons must not generate any avoidable noise, especially in residential and recreational areas and at night." Not only that are prohibited "Slamming car doors, hoods, trunk lids and the like" that is also mentioned, for example "high engine speeds when idling, when driving in low gears" "continued unnecessary driving around in built-up areas" or "Interference from radio sets and other sound reproduction devices that are built into the vehicle or carried along". Anyone who is out here should therefore plan the route in good time and turn the music down a bit to be on the safe side.

Russia: dirty car

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Before tourists to Russia take their rental car, they should take a look at the vehicle beforehand. Because drivers of too dirty cars are punished there with a fine of 200 euros. Since it is unclear how the Russian state "dirty" defined, one should insist on a sparkling clean car when taking over.

USA / Cleveland, Ohio: Driving with person on your lap

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In the USA, several states surprise with unusual laws for drivers. This law is likely to hit hard especially those who are newly in love, and they cannot be separated from each other anyway. Still, before the engine starts in Cleveland (Ohio), only one person is allowed to sit on the driver’s side. So, meanwhile, keep your hands off each other and only exchange tenderness after arrival.

USA / Glendale, Arizona: Reversing

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The problem is well known: If the parking space is not big enough, you have no choice but to park sideways. Reversing is a must! But what if this is prohibited, as in Glendale, Arizona? Either look for another parking space or arrive before sunset – because before that it is allowed.

USA / Cicero, Illinois: Whistling on a public street

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If you end up in the town of Cicero in Illinois on a Sunday, you should avoid whistling on the public road while driving or leaving the car. Because that is unfortunately forbidden that day. The good news here: You can whistle with a clear conscience on all other days!

USA / Colorado: Black rental car

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Yes, yes, it can always hit you on Sundays. So also in the US state of Colorado. Here, travelers should not rent a black-painted rental car, as they are not allowed to drive on Sundays. A little tip: Whistling is allowed on all days of the week!

USA / Milford, Massachusetts: peeking through the car window

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When leaving the rental car, all valuables should be taken with you. If you are not sure, you should not make sure of this in Milford, Massachusetts by peeking through the car window. Because that’s forbidden in the US small town. This should also be avoided when looking for your own car.

USA / San Francisco: polishing the car with underwear

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Lovers of noble bodies know: After the car wash, the polish makes the vehicle shine again. But what do you do when you don’t have a towel to hand? Then get out of your underwear and make the car shine again. Assuming you’re not in San Francisco, where it’s strictly forbidden. In that case, it is better to brush in the conventional way. But let’s be honest: nobody would have thought of underwear anyway. This paragraph, like some of the others listed here, is just hilarious.

The good old visitor’s tax has been a nuisance for vacationers since it was invented in 1893 – and yet it cannot be reduced. On the contrary: this year, too, it was increased in numerous German holiday resorts, and even introduced elsewhere. Here comes the current ranking of German visitor taxes.

The Bavarian State Bath Kissingen is the front runner when it comes to increasing the visitor’s tax. There will be 3.50 euros for the this year "Guest card" demands. That is ten cents more than in 2014. The finance minister in far-away Munich has ordered all Bavarian state spas to pay. The Lower Franconia thus catch up with the East Frisian islands of Juist, Langeoog and Wangerooge and the Black Forest Dorado Baden-Baden. Everywhere there, 3.50 euros had to be paid last year.

Odd amounts in Bad Homburg

A north-south quartet has settled behind this top group in terms of tourist tax: the Norderney spa administration charges 3.40 euros. This summer it is 3.20 euros per day of vacation in Borkum, Bad Reichenhall and Westerland. If you want to go to the beach on Sylt without a tourist card, you pay even more: 3.50 euros per day.

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For years "crooked" Bad Homburg calculates its "Tourist tax": EUR 3.07 must be paid daily. This puts the Hessian luxury spa exactly seven cents above the North Sea baths of Büsum and St. Peter Ording. The imperial baths on Usedom also charge 3.00 euros – the times when the Baltic Sea was always a bit cheaper are over. Grömitz (2.80 euros) and Binz with 2.60 euros are accordingly right behind Heringsdorf.

It is comparatively cheap in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and on the chic Tegernsee, where 2 euros have been charged for years. The largest Bavarian Forest resort, Bodenmais, is more expensive, charging 2.30 euros a day this summer. In between, the Black Forest gourmet stronghold Baiersbronn ranks with 2.20 euros.

Tourist tax enables free bus travel in some places

Konstanz collects two euros a day from its guests for the Bodensee guest pass, as the visitor’s tax on Germany’s largest inland lake is called. After all, this includes free use of the bus in the region. This is also the case in Kissingen, Reichenhall and St. Peter Ording, and from 2016 also in the Thuringian Forest. In return, however, 37 cents are added around the Rennsteig. Otherwise, as in Bad Homburg, the "Care of the spa park and all spa facilities" used as a reason for the compulsory obolus. In Heringsdorf one argues with the "free provision of dog bags".

The meager consideration is what makes the tourist tax a stumbling block again and again. Nevertheless, it is still on the rise: it has only just been introduced in Xanten in the Lower Rhine region (1.20 euros). Bad Neuenahr, where the Ahr thermal baths reopened in 2014, has been there with 2.50 euros since then. And with the 2 euros for the Ostseecard, for example in Eckernförde, sailors have recently been charged – in addition to the demurrage.

For the first time, Helgoland also requires visitor’s tax in winter

Germany’s only offshore island Helgoland will charge 1.50 euros for the first time in the coming winter half-year, and 2.75 euros in summer. Schöneck in Vogtland just doubled from 1 to 2 euros. Dresden could only be convinced in court, none "municipality dominated by tourism" to be.

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