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    Car rental in Munich - Get to know Bavaria

    Making your next holiday as unforgettable as possible is what we strive to do. That’s why at Auto Europe we take great care in offering you a car rental in Munich very seriously. As a broker with over 60 year’s global experience, you can rest assured that we’ll provide you great deals from a large selection of vehicles. Through our trusted car rental suppliers we are able to provide over 24,000 pick-up locations worldwide, together with an efficient customer service.

    Bavaria is the southernmost German province bordering beautiful Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. With its unique Alpine landscape, beautiful villages and timeless Bavarian traditions, a holiday in Bavaria is a great choice. This part of Germany is also perfect for those wishing to have a family holiday, due to its ample child-friendly attractions and environment. For example, you may choose to go climbing or hiking in the local forest or alpine coasters, or simply have a day trip in Legoland.

    Adults shouldn’t worry however; there is still plenty to do for the adventurous adult too - from various sports, majestic nature and wildlife, to discovering the local history and culinary delights. A car hire from Munich is the perfect form of travel if you are planning to explore everything Bavaria has to offer. Get familiar with fairy-tale castles, the Alpine national parks or even some neighbouring countries, such as the Czech Republic and Austria.

    How is the traffic in Munich?

    Congestion in Munich can be a very German affair – that being quite orderly. You will therefore have little issue in getting to where you want to go with your car rental from Munich. That being said, the city centre can understandably get very congested, especially during rush hour. Three ring roads exist circling Munich; the Mittlerer Ring, A99 and the Altstadtring. These roads will allow you to navigate the city without too much trouble. Although, at peak times these ring roads are very popular.

    Being a major city means that Munich is well connected to the rest of Germany via motorways and other transport infrastructure. The A8 motorway will take you to numerous places, which makes it ideal for getting out and about. Catch the A8 westwards and in 136 miles you’ll reach Karlsruhe. If you head southeast on the same motorway, within 90 miles you’ll reach Salzburg in Austria.

    The A9 motorway is also a good option. Catch it northbound towards Nuremberg and all the way to the German capital city Berlin. It should take on average 40 minutes to Nuremberg but a staggering five and a half hours to Berlin. If you’re interested in staying local, then the A95 takes you directly into the Bavarian Alps and Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

    Where can I park my car hire in Munich?

    As in all major cities it can be difficult to find street parking. It is however, not impossible. This is our guide for finding adequate parking spaces within the city.

    • A blue single line means that parking is allowed only for two hours
    • A dotted single blue line means that parking is available for disabled drivers only. You must display a disability badge
    • A single yellow line means that only taxis may park
    • A single orange line means that the space is reserved only for deliveries
    • A single red line signifies that parking is totally prohibited and your vehicle may be towed.

    Numerous city car parks also exist and can be found throughout the city centre. A “park and ride” service is also in operation by MVV, the city’s public transport provider. This service allows you to leave your vehicle at any train station hub and jump on a bus into the city centre.

    Munich Airport

    Located near the city of Freising, around 18 miles north-east from Munich, you’ll find Munich International Airport. As Germany’s second busiest airport, you’ll find all the major flight connections to other parts of Europe and throughout the world – with the airport also being a hub for Star Alliance and Lufthansa.

    Munich International Airport (MUC)
    Website: Munich International Airport
    Address: Nordallee 25, 85356 München
    Telephone: +49 89 975 00

    Please note that budget carriers fly to Memmingen Airport, also known as Munich West. Approximately 70 miles from Munich, this airport is officially known as Allgäu Airport Memmingen. A bus connection exists from the airport to central Munich taking an hour and a half.

    Memmingen Airport (FMM)
    Website: Memmingen Airport
    Address: Am Flughafen 42, 87766 Memmingerberg
    Telephone: +49 8331 9842000

    What to do in Munich

    Visiting Munich is a great choice should you wish to discover some great history, art and wonderful beer. You will find local museums dedicated to transport, arts, culture, science as well as Bavarian history. On Sundays many museums offer tickets for as little as one euro. Although Munich is quite large it has managed to maintain its village small town charm and feel. During the summer months you’ll discover a laid back atmosphere especially in Englischer Garten Park. Here you can spend a relaxing day on the grass under a tree. Either opt for a picnic with the family by the stream or relax and watch the local surf the river stream.

    Another summer favourite is the traditional Bavarian beer garden. Here you’ll enjoy wholesome food with a satisfying pint of beer. These establishments also allow you to bring your own food, which is quite unique - although you will have to buy drinks. A barbeque by the Isar River is also an extremely popular option during the summer months. Allocated areas exist that all you to have a barbeque and relax the night away with family and friends.

    With so much to see and do, here are a few more options for when you plan decide to visit Munich.

    • The Allianz Arena: Visit the home of Bayern Munich in the north of the city. This impressive football stadium will awe you especially if you visit during match day. If you’re interested in watching a match you’ll have to book early and expect to pay over the odds. Match day tickets are hard to come by, but not impossible and well worth the experience.

    • The Ohel Jakob Synagogue: Built to resemble the tents that were depicted in the Bible as being used by the Israelites during their time in the desert. The synagogue, museum and memorial were built in remembrance of the 4,587 Jewish people, from Munich that where killed by the Nazis in World War II.

    • The Munich Residence: This residence has been used by royalty and government officials for four hundred years and as such has encompassed numerous architectural styles throughout the centuries. From the Renaissance, Baroque and neo-classical era, to Rococo, this residence provides it all. Each resident has provided an input into the building’s design and layout, transforming the building, gardens and internal rooms into the splendour you see today. Onsite you will currently see a theatre, church, museum and treasury. We would recommend buying a two day pass to make sure you fit everything in.

    • The Rosengarten: If you love flowers than you will no doubt adore Munich’s rose garden. Crossing over the Isar River at Wittelsbach Bridge, you will come across Rosengarten. Technically a botanical garden, along with its hundred plus roses, it also has an area dedicated to poisonous plants. With stone sculptures and plenty of nature to enjoy, this rose garden is a must see during your stay. Afterwards, why not walk along the rivers north bank and enjoy some splendid period buildings.

    • The Cocktail Tram: As if the name itself isn’t enticing, jump on the cocktail tram and spend an evening winding through Munich’s streets whilst enjoying a cocktail. As an added bonus, at each stop you will find free admission into a bar or club. A wonderful journey, especially for those looking to experience the Munich nightlife.

    • Alter Peter, Asam & the Holy Spirit Church: If you love architecture, then right in the city centre you will come across numerous beautiful churches and architectural gems. For amazing views over Munich, consider climbing the 306 steps to Alter Peter Church. Near the marketplace in Viktualienmarkt you’ll discover the 13th Century Holy Spirit Church. With its neo-Baroque and Gothic interior, you’ll be pleasantly surprised of its grandeur. A little further along the pedestrian path, you’ll come across Asam Church – another pearl in the late Baroque era.

    • The Werksviertel: Unlike anything else in Munich, this area is a bustling party area during the night, but by day, the base for up to 30 start-up businesses. Looking more like a construction site than popular part of town, the Werksviertel is due to be developed into a modern complex and philharmonic hall.

    • The Hofbräuhaus: If you’re looking for some traditional beer and homely food, then a visit to this state-run brewery is a must. Here you’ll not only get to eat and drink several homemade beers, but you’ll also get to learn all about traditional Bavarian beer surrounded by rustic furniture and brass band music.

    Best day trips with my car hire in Munich

    Munich’s surrounding area is home to wonderful natural and historical attractions waiting to be explored. Jump in your car rental and head further out to enjoy Bavaria to the full. These are our recommendations before you go:

    • The Lindau: This wonderful lake town is a great day out for the whole family. Perfectly nestled between Switzerland and Austria, its location is ideal for excursions and adventure. The medieval town centre is beautiful and waiting to be discovered. Have lunch by the Constance Lake or hop on a ferry to the Mainau – the flower island.

    • Berchtesgaden National Parks’ Lake Königssee: With lush emerald green water and breath-taking mountain backdrops, Lake Königssee is renowned as Germany’s deepest, cleanest and beautiful lakes. A perfect place to visit for when you rent a car in Munich.

    • Legoland: Located only an hour and a half from Munich, Legoland, is a must for the whole family. This theme park provides loads of entertainment and fun, not only for children but adult kids too.

    • The Rothenburg ob der Tauber: This fairytale, picture-perfect postcard town, is full of charm. Lose yourself in this fortified town, it’s colourful period buildings, cobbled streets and vibrant main square, which are packed with bars and restaurants. Located on what is known as the German Romantic Road, this route is a must when having visiting.

    Geographic Information & History

    Located north of the Bavarian Alps, the city of Munch is the capital of Bavaria and the third largest German city by population. There are a total of two rivers that flow through the city, the Isar and Würm. Being situated so close to the Alps means that the city’s climate is humid and rainy for most part. Winter months are from December to March with temperatures sometimes as low as -2 and snowfall likely. Summer months are genrally from May to September with temperatures around 23 degrees. Weather can be unpredictable and fluctuates significantly.

    Munich’s past can be traced back to the 8th century when a bridge was first built over the Isar River linking a Monks settlement with a salt route. The city’s name Munich is said to be derived from Old German, meaning Monk. No doubt linking its origins back to the Monk settlement located at the location. In 1175, the settlement was granted city status with a fortification being built on location. For the following 800 years, the Wittelsbach dynasty ruled over Bavaria, with Munich becoming the capital of Bavaria in 1871. During the 20th century, the city became a cultural and artistic hub for German painters, until mayhem hit its streets due to the city’s political right-wing ideologies. Although Hitler unsuccessfully tried to bring down the German government in the beer hall putsch, he still managed to make Munich the heart of the Nazi party – which in time took control of Germany.

    During World War II, much of Munich was destroyed and thus nowadays has mainly been reconstructed post 1945. It is rumoured that Hitler had Munich’s streets and buildings photographed so that it could be rebuild after the war. Presently, Munich is a vibrant international business hub with numerous foreign organisations making it their home. The city has maintained its village charm and Bavarian heritage due to its strict planning laws and restrictions on high-rise buildings.

    How to get around Munich

    An extensive well integrated public transport system exists in Munich. The service is run by MVV and includes suburban trains (S-Bahn), the metro (U-Bahn), buses and trams. Single trip, day, week and monthly travelcards can be bought from ticket machines, offices and kiosk at main train stations.

    A night service exists on suburban trains, trams and buses, however not on the underground. The tram and bus network does differ from the daily routes, so we recommend making yourself familiar with the route before boarding.

    Hauptbahnhof, Munich’s Central Station is located in the heart of the city and provides intercity (ICE) train links to Stuttgart, Frankfurt and then onto northern Germany, Berlin, Düsseldorf and Hamburg. Regional train links are also available to Pasing (West Munich) and Ostbahnhof (East Munich).

    Useful links

    Tourist Guide Munich