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    Car rental in Germany at the best price

    With over 60 years industry experience, Auto Europe has emerged into one of the main global car rental brokers. With over 24,000 locations, across 180 countries, we provide competitive quotes on a large variety of vehicles. We have partnered with national and international car rental suppliers to provide you thousands of pick-up locations at major airports, city centres and mainline train stations.

    Within Germany, you are able to rent a car at over 327 locations, including Munich, Berlin, Hamburg and Frankfurt. If you need a car rental in Germany then either give one of our agents a call, or utilise our secure online booking engine to place your reservation.

    What are the most important driving rules in Germany?

    • Vehicles drive on the right-hand side and overtake on the left on German roads.
    • Seat belts must be worn by everyone on board.
    • An appropriate child seat must be used for children under the age of 12 or measuring less than 1.5m.
    • Front passenger airbag must be deactivated if using a child car seat.
    • Credit card payments are accepted in many major city petrol stations. However, rural petrol stations may not.
    • There is no speed limit on the Autobahns (motorway). A recommended speed limit of 80 mph (130 km/h) is advised.
    • When using snow chains, you must stick to a 31 mph (50 km/h) speed limit.
    • Alcohol blood limit is 0,050% and 0% for drivers younger than 21 years of age, or having held a driving licence for less than two years.
    • It is German law that all car rental suppliers fit winter tyres from October to March. This is not always included in the price of your car rental quote. A “Winterization Fee” may therefore be charged by your supplier locally. Please refer to the vehicles Product Information section before booking or your Vouchers Terms and Conditions after booking.
    • Green Zones operate in numerous towns and cities throughout Germany and are sign posted with a white sign, containing a red circle and the words “Umwelt Zone”. Here only vehicles displaying a green badge may enter. In general, rented cars come with this badge; however, any car rentals from neighbouring countries may not.

    What to do in Germany

    With lots to choose from in Germany, you’ll find it hard to narrow down all you want to do and see. From the world famous Berlin Wall and the Rothenburg ob der Tauber, to Sanssouci Park Palace – you’ll be fully spoilt for choice. Here are our own recommendations of which tourist attractions and historical sights to see:

    • Black Forest: Visiting the Black Forest is a hiker’s paradise. With thick woodland and the occasional historical Gothic village, this landscape covers over 160 km and encompasses interesting wildlife, valleys and even Germany’s oldest sky resort. If you have a keen interest in traditional fairy tales, then you’d be glad to know that this forest is where the Brothers Grimm inspiration came from.

    • Zugsoitze Massif: Rising 2,962m above sea level, this mountain forms part of the Wetterstein Mountain Range. At the base of the mountain you can catch the cable car to the top, where you’ll be able to catch some glorious panoramic views over the valley’s lush landscape.

    • Neuschwanstein: Located in the old town of Fussen, you’ll come across one of Europe’s most famous castles and the inspiration for Walt Disney’s castle itself. Neuschwanstein Castle provides exceptional views over the local landscape. Residence to the Bavarian King Lugwig II until 1886, tours are available of its splendid rooms, including the throne room - a glamorous fortress with dazzling surroundings.

    • Berlin Wall: This 155 km wall was built in 1961 and stood until 1990 when it was finally dismantled. The wall divided Berlin into East and West during the Cold War and claimed over 70 lives from those of which that tried to cross it. Only small sections of the wall are in existence today, with a visitor’s exhibition to introduce you to its history. Checkpoint Charlie is a popular spot that still exists and you can visit.

    • Brandenburg Gate: Standing in the Mitte District of Berlin, the Brandenburg gate was constructed in 1791 for King Frederick William II. Up to 26 meters in height, the gate formed part of the Berlin wall. The center arch was used only by royalty, whilst the two adjoining arches for traffic. Inspiration for the arch came from Acropolis in Athens, Greece.

    Road trips with my car rental in Germany

    When planning your trip to Germany, make sure you take the time to discover more of what the country has on offer. The following road trips should help you along the way:

    • Romantic Road Trip: Drive through Bavaria whilst stopping off at some fairy-tale castles. Commence your adventure in the wine district of Franconia, and head towards the Alpine foothills. Don’t forget to factor in a visit to the majestic Neuschwanstein Castle.

    • District Wine Trip: Wine production isn’t what everyone associates with Germany, but if you look closer some splendid wineries exist. If you have a keen interest in German wine, then a visit to the wonderful Rhineland vineyards should be on your itinerary. Also for added authenticity, why not plan some quick stop overs at some of the regions local festivals, markets and restaurants.

    • Industrial Road Trip: Focusing on 150 years of Germany industrial history, the drive through the Ruhr with your car rental from Germany is extremely inspirational. You’ll set off from Essen along a 250 mile journey, passing through Duisburg, Oberhausen, Gelsenkirchen before coming to an end at Dortmund.

    • Fairy Tale Road Trip: A drive through the areas where the Brothers Grimm fairy tales got their inspiration from - this road trip will forever cast wonderful memories. Your journey commences in the town of Hanau and takes you through timeless roads and gothic old towns. We highly recommend doing this during Christmas.

    How old do I have to be to hire a car in Germany?

    You must be at least 18 years old and have held your driving licence for a minimum of two years. Please note, that individual car rental suppliers may have additional requirements. Up on collecting your vehicle, you are required to provide all parts of your driving licence. For drivers younger than 25 years of age, an additional young driver fee may apply. Please refer to the rentals terms and conditions, and local fees.

    If you have additional questions in regards to your rental, one of our specialist rental agents is available by phone or email to help clarify and provide further information.

    Do I need to pay tolls when driving my car hire in Germany

    The German Autobahns (motorways) currently have no toll booths.

    A bit of history

    The first mention of Germania was during the Roman era. It was referred to as the unconquered land. Roman settlements were established near the Rhine just short of the Germania territory. These settlements came under Franks rule once the Roman Empire started to decline. The area started to be known as the Germanic States during the medieval ages andn became part of the Holy Roman Empire.

    The 30 year’s war saw Catholics and Protestants come to arms against each other. In 1871 the country of Germany was finally united. By the early 1900s the country had become one of Europe’s most industrialised nations. In 1914 – 1918 Germany fought against the Allied forces for control over much of continental Europe, but was defeated, losing all its possessions in the aftermath.

    During the great depression of the 1930s, Germany saw the Nazi party rise to power. In 1933 Adolf Hitler, as the German Chancellor, initiated another World War against the Allied forces. This war lasted until 1945 up on its defeat. The country was divided up into East and West until 1990 when it was once again reunified. Germany is one of the main Eurozone founders, along with France, and is nowadays an economic powerhouse.

    What is the currency in Germany?

    Similar to other countries in the Eurozone, Germany has the Euro as its currency. If you plan to use another currency in Germany, you may be charged a conversion rate and transaction fee. This applies to both withdrawing at ATMs and paying for goods in store.

    We would advise carrying some cash whilst in Germany as not all shops and restaurants accept foreign debit cards or credit cards as a form of payment. Although, carrying large amounts of money can be risky, having to withdraw money less often will save you on bank fees.

    What time zone is Germany in?

    Germany is on Central European Time (CET). Daylight Saving Time is observed throughout Germany from March until October.

    Which are the most common phrases in German?

    Following are common German words and phrases.

    I want to hire a car - Ich möchte ein Auto mieten
    Stop (in a sign) - Halt! / Stop!
    One way street - Einbahnstrasse
    No parking - Parkverbot
    Speed limit - Geschwindigkeitslimite / Höchstgeschwindigkeit
    Petrol station - Tankstelle
    Petrol - Benzin
    Motorway - Autobahn
    Driver's Licence - Führerschein
    Under construction - Baustellen
    Warning triangle - Warndreieck
    Where can I exchange money? - Wo kann ich Geld wechseln, bitte?
    Exit - Ausfahrt

    Electricity - Do I need a power adapter in Germany?

    Voltage in Germany is between 220-240 Volts, with the Type C Europlug sockets and plugs in usage. The F Schuko and Type E sockets and plugs are also be found throughout Germany.

    Do I need a visa to travel to Germany?

    A visa is not required for British Citizens travelling in Germany. However, you will need a valid passport for the duration of your stay. German police have the power to ask for identification, therefore please make sure you carry your passport at all times.

    In the event that you may require consular assistance, please seek out your countries embassy or consulate.

    Useful links

    German Tourism Website