Germany should definitely be on every car-lover’s bucket list. As the producer of some of the world’s finest automobiles and one of the only places in the world with speed-limitless motorways, driving in Germany is not just a must, but also a joy. Despite the country’s excellent public transportation infrastructure, your visit will not be complete unless you get behind the wheel yourself.
The best time to visit Germany depends on what activities you plan to undertake. Summer typically extends from mid-April through September with intermittently cool and rainy days. Book ahead if you’re planning on vacationing in July and August, when most Germans also take their summer vacations.
The official language of Germany is German, though many Germans are bilingual, and most Germans have had some English language instruction in schools. In former eastern Germany, the older generations will still have some knowledge of Russian. French, Italian, and Spanish are also widely spoken, and many immigrants from Turkey, Italy, and Poland, and increasingly Arab-speaking countries, retain their native language proficiency.
Germany is located in the Central European Time Zone, UTC+1.
The currency of Germany is the euro, and credit cards are widely accepted at grocery and retail stores. Take advantage of frequent ATMs to have cash on hand for restaurants, bakeries, and butcheries.
Automobile hire is available in virtually every German city, though you’re like to find the most inexpensive car rentals in larger metropolitan centers, such as:
There are loads of excellent road trip routes to follow to see spectacular castles, excellent breweries, and gorgeous rolling fields throughout Germany; consider driving, for example, from Mannheim via Bamberg (270 km/167 mi) to Dresden (280 km/174 mi) for some truly excellent sights and brews.
As a Schengen country, Germany accepts visitors from many countries around the world visa-free for up to 90 days. Double check entry requirements for your nationality before you depart, as you may be required to apply for a visa in advance of your departure.
With very well maintained roads and an excellent highway network, driving is truly a joy in Germany, and every experienced driver should try their hand on the German Autobahn at least once in their lives. Don’t make the mistake of staying put in any of Germany’s major cities, but go on tour like the locals do; start your adventures now by booking your car today!
Different regions of Germany have different starting prices for your basic rental car. Automobile hire in western and southern Germany can start as low as $17 a day, whereas rentals in northern and eastern Germany are more likely to start around $23 a day. Here are some of the best deals in Germany:
Note that prices vary depending on the availability of each specific car and the season in which you rent. For the most accurate offers, use the search bar above.
Global Rent a Car makes automobile hire particularly inexpensive in its locations in many cities, such as Frankfurt and Munich. Interrent also has particularly low prices for rentals in and near Hamburg, Hannover, and Stuttgart. As a general rule, if you can rent a car t a major international airport, such as in Frankfurt, Munich or Berlin, your rental will be $5 to $10 cheaper than if you rent it downtown or in a smaller city such as Memmingen or Wolfsburg.
Cars are also likely to be at least $9 more expensive during major tourist seasons, such as in October in Bavaria or in July throughout Germany.