Things to know about Germany
- Birthplace of Einstein, the Bratwurst and Gummy Bears, Germany is a country of invention and discovery. With around 230,000 kilometres of roads, ranging from motorway (autobahn) to national and regional roads, you can explore all it has to offer easily and efficiently.
- From fairy-tale-castles to majestic mountains, there is a romance to the scenery of Germany, and the country boasts some spectacular road journeys. One of the most beautiful routes is the Alpine Road from Lake Constance to Lake Königssee. Don’t get lost! Be sure to add a Sat-Nav to your car hire booking.
- Although there is no universal speed limit on many German roads it’s important to understand this does not apply to all roads, even all motorways/autobahns. Cars travelling on motorways and dual carriageways shouldn’t exceed the recommended 130km/h. This reduces to 100km/h on other roads outside of built-up areas. There is a limit of 50 km/h for built-up areas. Remember this is only a rough-guide, it’s important to take notice of relevant signage as you drive.
- It’s worth keeping in mind there may be major changes for British drivers in Europe after Brexit. For further guidance visit the UK Government information page.
Some rules of the German road:
- You must be 18 or older to drive
- You must drive on the right
- Seatbelts must be worn by the driver and passengers
- Always carry your driving licence. Citizens of the EU, and a number of non-member European countries only need their regular driving licence. Travellers from other countries may need further documentation or an international licence.
- The blood alcohol limit is 0.05%
- Do not use a handheld phone while driving
- Children under 3 must travel in the rear of the vehicle
- Children under 12 and under 1.50m must be in a child seat/restraint
Car Hire in German Airports
Booking your car advance through Enjoy Car Hire offers advantages; you’ll save money and have a far greater choice with regard to the type of vehicle you get. Car hire in Germany starts at around £15 a day (depending on your requirements) but costs vary throughout the year, and from location to location. Car hire companies at German airports include InterRent, Alamo and Enterprise.
Remember: Make sure you understand what is required of you when driving in Germany, such as toll roads and speed limits, the information on this site is a good starting point, but it’s important to do your own research.
Guide to Germany
From a Language to an Empire
Reference to Germania can be traced back to the Romans, Julius Caesar specifically, who identified it as such. However, people have lived and flourished in the region we know as Germany today for even longer. The Germanic people were distinctive from their Celtic neighbours in Gaul, because of their use of an early Germanic language. It was this language which bound the people of this region more than a sense of identity attached to land or boundaries. It is not until the 19th Century, under Prussian Prime Minister Bismarck, that we see various kingdoms, and cities coming together as the German Empire. The territory of the empire soon extended to Africa and beyond.
By the 1900s Germany was the most significant power on continental Europe, leading to competition and clashes with Britain, France and others. The first half of the 20th Century was dominated by conflict including the first and second world wars.
From the Shadow of War to Modern Economy
In the years since the Second World War Germany has developed into a modern, diverse and innovative nation. It is the economic powerhouse of Europe, with a population of 82 million. Its GDP stands at around $4trillion, over $1trillion more than that of Britain or France.
Germany is an important member of the European Union and uses the Euro currency.
A Land of Culture, Philosophy and Science
There is a long tradition of arts and culture in Germany. Artist Albrecht Dürer (1471 – 1528) was born in the city of Nuremburg and is known as the Da Vinci of the Northern Renaissance. He was a master-draughtsman, printer and painter and painted the oldest known self-portrait in the history of art. A number of the world’s greatest philosophers had their beginnings in Germany, including much-quoted Friedrich Nietzsche and important political theorist Hannah Arendt. Germany also brought the world major scientific contributions including the invention of the automobile by Karl Benz.
Places to visit in Germany
Germany has several major cities, and all are worth visiting. The capital city of Berlin is known as the City of Freedom and has come to symbolise unification and reconciliation since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Remnants of the wall remain, and some have been repurposed into interesting tourist attractions, such as the East Side Gallery. This section of wall is the longest open-air gallery in the world and displays world-class street art.
For a completely different city head to Nuremburg. It has a wonderfully diverse range of architecture and you can see timber-framed-medieval buildings next to contemporary glass and steel buildings. While here be sure to visit the house of Albrecht Dürer, the only surviving house of a 16th Century artist in Northern Europe. For something a bit darker why not head underground to explore the historic rock-cut cellars, once used as a prison.
The Great Outdoors
A land of myth, legend and fairy-tale. Germany boasts a wealth of opportunities to explore the great outdoors, in fact around 32% of the entire country is forest. An excellent place to explore the wilder side of Germany is in the Black Forest region. Here you will find an array of natural beauty spots such as the spectacular Triberg Waterfalls, one of the largest in Germany, they have inspired artists, poets and tourists alike.
Getting to and from Germany
All major cities in Germany have international airports. The busiest are Frankfurt and Munich. Lufthansa is the national airline. Most major carriers fly in and out of Germany, as well as many budget airlines. Car hire is available at all major German airports.
However you get in to Germany, hiring a car with Enjoy Car Hire will give you the freedom and flexibility to discover, explore and fall in love with its cosmopolitan cities and fairy-tale landscapes.
FAQs about car hire in Germany
What is the cheapest car hire in Germany?
The cheapest German car hire with Enjoy is usually Inter-Rent but you’ll find all the options on our website which are calculated daily.
What is the maximum speed limit in Germany?
The recommended maximum speed on motorways is 130km/h and 100km/h on other roads outside of built up areas. In built up areas this reduces to 50km/h. This information is only for guidance always obey local signage.
How much will it cost to hire a BMW in Germany?
You can hire a BMW 3 Series from £35 per day.
How much does it cost to hire a Transit van in Germany?
You can hire a Ford Transit van from £45 per day.
How much does it cost to hire an economy car in Germany?
You can hire a Fiat Panda or similar from around £16 per day depending on the time of year.
How much does it cost to hire a car in Germany for a week?
It depends on the time of year and the type of car but expect prices to start from around £133 (approx. £16 per day).
Which car hire companies are in Germany?
We have a wide range of partners in Germany, including Europcar, Alamo, Enterprise and Keddy.
How much is 130 KMH in Miles per hour?
120 KM per hour is 80.7 miles per hour
How much is car hire in Germany?
This is dependent on the time of year, type of car and collection location. For example, in Munich during March you’ll be looking to pay around £17 per day for a small car. With Enjoy Car Hire you can search according to date, pick up and filter the car type.
Can I hire a luxury car in Germany?
Our partners have a wide range of vehicles available throughout the year, including premium and luxury cars. A BMW 3 series or a Mercedes C Class start from £35 per day.
Is it true there is no speed limit on German motorways?
No. This is a myth. Although there are some autobahn routes without, most do have a speed limit. It’s important to take notice of relevant signage, police can issue on the spot fines. 130km/h (80.7mp/h) is the recommended maximum speed on motorways in Germany.
Can I pick-up and drop-off a car in a different location?
This is possible with many of our German partners for a reasonable additional fee, known as a ‘one-way’ charge.
How long does it take to drive from Munich to the Black Forest?
It takes around three and a half hours to drive from Munich airport to Baden-Baden, an excellent base for exploring the many sights of the Black Forest.
What is the alcohol limit when driving in Germany?
The blood alcohol limit is 0.05% Germany has a strict approach to driving when under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Punishment can include severe fines and even prison sentences.
Can I use a UK issued driving license in Germany?
You can at the moment, as long as you have a full UK Driving License. Keep an eye on the rules after Brexit, as additional documentation may be necessary.
What type of car should I hire?
This really depends on your specific needs and budget. Think carefully about how much space you need for you, your passengers and luggage. Take a look at what is available within your price-range on Enjoy Car Hire so that your decision is as informed as possible.
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