Public transportation!!! Trains and buses go everywhere, all day and all night, pretty much on time. It’s easy to bring your suitcases, your baby stroller, your bicycle with you. The bus stop signs tell you exactly where the bus is going; usually an automated sign on board tells you which stop is next. The intercity trains let you off at the Hauptbahnhof, which is right in the middle of town. What could be easier?
Six-dollar gasoline – combined with public transportation, it makes people far more responsible about energy use. Yes, you still see BMWs going 110 mph on the autobahn, but you also see small cars, small trucks, and people making their way on foot, bike or bus.