Reichsstrasse (German Empire)

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Number plate of Reichsstrasse 128
Basic network of the Reichsstraßen 1937 (including extensions until 1941)

The term Reichsstraße was introduced in the German Reich in 1934 instead of the name Fernverkehrsstraße used until then (abbreviated to FVS in official texts). On January 17, 1932, the most important long-distance roads were numbered to improve orientation in the German Reich. Since 1934, the well-known yellow number plate with black letters has marked this street category. After the Reichsautobahn , the Reichsstraßen were the highest classified roads that were the responsibility of the Reich .

The course and numbering system of the Reichsstraßen were essentially adopted for the federal highways in the Federal Republic of Germany and the trunk roads in the GDR .


See: Bundesstraße # systematics and history

foreign countries

Other states refer to comparable roads with “Nationalstrasse” (e.g. “ Nationalstrassen ” in Switzerland, “ Route nationale ” in France) or “Reichsweg” (“ Riksväg ” in Sweden, “ Rijksweg ” in the Netherlands or “ Riksvei ” in Norway).

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Individual evidence

  1. Law on the provisional new regulation of the road system and road administration of March 26, 1934. RGBl 1934, Part I, p. 243ff, of March 27, 1943. Associated implementation ordinance of December 7, 1934, RGBl. 1934, Part I, pp. 1237ff, from December 15, 1934.
  2. Implementation instructions for the Reich Road Traffic Regulations of September 29, 1934 RGBl 1934, Part I, p. 869ff