Olympiapark, Munich

Car Rental from Munich Airport

The city of Munich is located below the Bavarian Alps on the River Isar, in the south of Germany.  It is the home of Oktoberfest, a 16-day beer drinking festival running annually from September to October.  But the festival is not the only reason to visit this region, and probably not the best reason to plan a car hire road trip!  Rest assured there is plenty to keep you enthralled in this picturesque landscape. 

You can go online to reserve your car hire or car rental from Munich Airport before you travel and pick up the keys from your Munich Airport car rental agent on arrival.  Do read up on the rules of the road before you begin your rental car journey, and remember that the Autobahn highway system does not have any speed limit so be sure to familiarize yourself with the driving etiquette.

Things to do by rental car in Munich and Surrounds:

As with any European city, there is a wealth of history, architecture, museums and galleries to explore, and winding old laneways to get lost in.  A popular attraction is the BMW museum, with its four-cylinder tower and car and motorcycle display room.  The Olympiapark is still active and you can avail of tours and a multitude of indoor activities in the complex, which was home to the 1972 Olympic Games.  Munich is also home to beautiful botanic gardens – Munich Botanischer Garten - that contains glasshouses filled with floral collections and butterflies.

Longer hire car trips from Munich

Take a daytrip from the city to Starnberger See, a lake with vista of snow-capped alpine peaks stretching into the distance.  The medieval town of Regensburg, on the Danube River, is overflowing with architecture, art and history.  A trip to Europe is hardly complete without visiting a palace, such as the Herrenchiemsee Palace built by King Ludwig II.  He also built Linderhof Palace, which has a fantasy grotto built on the mountain behind it modeled on Wagners Tannhäuser opera.

A more sobering day trip will take you to the town of Dachau and the Dachau Concentration Camp, with a fascinating daily tour of the facility; do check the tour time before you make the trip to be sure not to miss it.  Another highlight on the Third Reich trail is a little more pleasant and can help to clear away your cares:  taking a day trip from Munich to Berchtesgaden and the Eagles Nest.  Now a restaurant, this was once Hitler’s hilltop retreat and boasts stunning views across the alpine vista.

Lose yourself in fantasy in the stunning fairy-tale castles of Germany, inspiration for the Disney princess castle.  Set in rolling hills amongst the trees, the castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau are each a day trip in themselves.  Hohensalzburg Castle is located in Salzburg, which is just across the border in Austria, and just a couple of hours from Munich.  If you plan a day in this old Baroque city, make sure you have your passport handy and check visa requirements.  Inform your Munich Airport car rental agent of your plans to cross the border before you go.