Blankenhain Castle in Saxony

Car Hire in Germany

Germany has several major airports in all corners of the country, in well-known cities including Munich, Dresden, Berlin, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Stuttgart and Frankfurt.  You can reserve your hire car in Germany online before you travel and pick up the keys from your Germany car hire agent on arrival. 

Where to go by rental car in Germany:

This European country has many highlights and is steeped in modern history, not to mention the rich cultural traditions stretching back to the Bronze Age.  It is possible to spend a couple of weeks making a round trip of the entire country.

  • Take your car rental along the medieval scenic Romantic Road in Bavaria and Baden- Württemberg.  Stop off at the Neuschwanstein 19th century castle in the Bavarian Alps.
  • Picturesque Black Forest, landscape covered with tall fir trees, in the southwest of the country, is rich is droll German culture and culinary delights.  The region encompasses the town of Donaueschingen where the famous Danube River originates.
  • Visit the northern city of Bremen, home to the Musicians of Bremen of the Brothers Grimm folktale of the same name.  See the bronze statue of the musicians – a donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster – and explore Bremen’s medieval Altstadt (old city).
  • For those interested in Nazi history, there are several locations to visit, including Mauthausen and Dachau.  The city of Berlin has several Third Reich museums and memorials, including the Book Burning Monument, nearby Wannsee and walking tours through the city.  Visit Nuremberg, south of Berlin, and see the Nuremberg Trials Courtroom, the setting of the infamous international tribunal at the end of the Second World War.
  • No matter where your car hire road trip route takes you, you will find an abundance of picturesque scenery, delicious food, rich culture, exciting nightlife, breweries, museums, galleries and sparkling, modern cities.

Driving a hire car in Germany:

  • You must drive on the right side of the road, with the driver sitting in the left side of the car.
  • The Autobahn (highway) in Germany does not have a speed limit.  Drivers must keep to the inside lane unless overtaking and make sure to move over quickly if a faster car is approaching you from behind.  Be sure to familiarize yourself with the driving etiquette.
  • Any driver of a rental car in Germany must have a valid drivers license.  Drivers from most non EU countries, where the licence is not in German will require a valid International Driver’s License, which includes a German translation. For details visit the German Federal Ministry of Transport website.
  • Seatbelts are compulsory and babies and young children must be restrained in an approved car seat (you can hire a seat from most Germany rental car companies).