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Germany Car HireGermany is easily accessible to foreign visitors, and offers plenty. Its tumultuous recent past is influential. For those who need to brush up on 20th century history, there are numerous museums exploring Eastern Germany (or the German Democratic Republic - GDR) and the fall of the Berlin Wall. The economic contribution of Germany to the European bloc is evident everywhere, despite a recently fragile financial market.

Germany offers some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe. There are castles and mediaeval town centres aplenty. Despite Germans' reputation for being serious and even taciturn, a visit to the beer halls of Munich during Oktoberfest, or one of the great music festivals, or nightlife of Berlin, will quickly dispel the myth. There's plenty of fun to be had in Germany, with all the advantages of efficient transports, well-made roads and a highly organised society.

Driving in Germany.
The lack of speed limits on German autobahns is often commented upon. It is true that there is no speed limit in the absence of signs, but there are sections of autobahn where restrictions apply, so keep an eye out. Even when there is no limit, don't push your luck. If you're not experienced at driving at higher speeds, don't do it. Generally, a limit of 130km/hr is recommended anyway. Be aware that there will be trucks and other vehicles travelling at all different speeds, even quite low speeds and you need to be prepared and adapt to other users. It can take a long time and a long distance to slow from 140km to 100km, so it's better to enjoy your holiday more slowly and more safely.

In built up areas in Germany the basic speed limit is 50 km/hr, and on more major roads it's usually around 100 km/hr. A blinking yellow light at an intersection means you must stop, and can proceed if and when the intersection is clear. All passengers must wear a seatbelt, front and back, and children under 12 cannot ride in the front seat. Children under 12 must use an appropriate child car seat, even if they are not required to do so in their home country. You can book a booster seat for older children at the time of booking your German car hire through Udrive.com.au.

All drivers must carry a reflective triangle and first aid kit in their vehicle at all times. The blood alcohol limit is 0.05%, and drivers may be compelled to submit to a test. Driving is on the right hand side of the road and passing is strictly only on the left. If you are involved in an accident, you must not leave the scene until you have exchanged identification and insurance information with other parties. If no-one else was involved in the accident, you must still stay at the scene for at least 30 minutes. It can be very difficult to park in major cities, so it may be best to save your Germany car rental for countryside trips and intercity travel.

Sightseeing and Highlights.
Germany is large and diverse. It has things for visitors of all ages and interests. However, most are agreed that hiking or cycling in the Black Forest is a highlight. The attractive baroque architecture of Dresden is also admired by many. There's the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, plenty of culture and tons of museums for daytime Berlin; but the capital's night life will keep party animals occupied for weeks. The party continues at Munich's Oktoberfest. Don't overlook the Sanssouci park in Potsdam, the pretty and countless lakes of Schwerin in the north, Nuremberg's famous Christmas market and Neuschwanstein castle, reputedly the inspiration for Disney's Fantasyland castle.

Eating in Germany.
For those on a budget, there are plenty of street stalls and stands, selling everything from Chinese stir fries to doner kebabs to the ever-present wurst (sausage stalls.) These stalls represent excellent value, and while wurst in a bun with mustard and sauerkraut is delicious, it's probably not recommended for every meal by most dieticians. Cheapish Chinese and Turkish restaurants can be found in all towns, and most pubs sell basic German food for reasonable prices. If your budget is not constrained, you'll be able to eat something fabulous at all meals.

Breakfast in Germany, as in much of Europe, is like that known in the UK and US as a 'continental breakfast.' It centres around a variety of bread and rolls, plus coffee, but may often include cheese, cold slices of preserved or processed meat and a boiled egg. Sometimes German breakfast also include fish, such as smoked salmon.

Afternoon coffee, around 4pm, is a great German tradition where coffee is usually accompanied by a slice of rich cake, such as the famous Black Forest chocolate cake with cherries. 

Germans love to eat out and so there are plenty of options for dinner and lunch, which can be similar meals. Apart from all the different kinds of wurst, many German dishes are centred around potatoes. These can be Swiss-style rosti, or potato noodles, dumplings, mash or fries. Grilled and crumbed meats are also popular. You can find 300 different kinds of bread in Germany, and to some it seems that the number of varieties of apple pastry is similar!

At Udrive.com.au, we have dozens and dozens of pick up locations around Germany. In Berlin alone we have 27 pick up points scattered around the city, including at airports, downtown, in the suburbs, at major train stations and large hotels. We have pick up points at remote locations throughout the German countryside and 4WDs, minibuses and minivans are also available from some of these pick up points. Some of our popular rental locations include; Berlin, Munich, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt & Hamburg.  We welcome clients from all over the world and you are able to obtain a German car rental quotation through our web site in 27 different currencies and 11 languages.

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One of the main motivations of tourists going on a car rental holiday in Germany is the fact that the country is one big brewery of beer.  Beer takes up significant space on Germany’s tourism limelight, inviting droves of tourists for its annual Oktoberfest, one of the world’s greatest and most celebrated parties.  If you rent a car in Germany and start to explore it, you may find yourself being torn among the contrasting choices before you – historical or cosmopolitan?  Snow or beach?  The Alps or the jungle?  But, why choose?  Take advantage of all that Germany can offer and you’ll have a car rental holiday you’ll never want to forget. 

Going around Germany

The two main modes of transportation for tourists in Germany are the train and car hire.  Either way is expensive, but you can get savings if you purchase train tickets or book Germany car rental in advance.  Taking the train will take you places faster than driving a rental car, but driving a car hire in Germany allows you to see wonderful views that you wouldn’t get aboard the train. 

From the Airport

The busiest airport in Germany is the Frankfurt Am Main Airport, serving more than 50,000,000 every year.  It is located in Frankfurt Am Main, about 12 kilometers from the city’s main district.  The Frankfurt Airport has two train stations, one that services trips around the city and another for long distance routes.  The railway system of Germany is very efficient that most major cities are linked by train.  There are also a great number of car rental companies at the Frankfurt Am Main Airport; you may choose to drive your own car hire or hire a driver to chauffeur you around Germany. 

Places to See

It’s impossible to get bored during a car rental tour around Germany.  What is possible is to want to extend your car rental holiday as Germany is an enormous loot bag of travel treasures.  The capital city of Berlin alone serves as an invitation to stay long.  Berlin is where different characters – glam, punk, chic, bohemian – harmoniously live together.  Culture is accessible and not snotty – think cheap eats, museums (Checkpoint Charlie Museum) and galleries, bars and pubs.  Berlin is one of the few places where it’s normal to be strange and it’s strange to be normal.  It’s not all gritty in Germany; romance is often the pursuit on Rugen Island.  Rugen Island has idyllic country roads, magnificent architecture and windswept beaches so make sure to drive your Germany rental car all-over the island.  The beaches on Rugen Island are so beautiful that even Adolf Hitler built a huge resort for his men on one.  Germany has very many castles, but the most beautiful ones are found in The Rhine.  Drive your car hire around The Rhine and be in awe of its castles, cathedrals and vineyards. 

Nearby Country 

From Germany, you can drive your car rental across the border to Switzerland where all things Swiss come from – watches, cheese, chocolates and Swiss Army knives.  

Car Rental Services Directory in Germany

Avis

Landsberger Allee 366

Berlin 12681

Europcar

Abigstr. 1a

Ueberlingen 88662

Hertz

Berlin Hauptbanhof (Railway Station) – Lower level 1

Europaplatz 1

Berlin

Germany is a country that will interest even the most demanding travelers. In the big cities, you can admire various architectural styles (from gothic cathedrals to baroque palaces) or enjoy the nightlife and sample street food. You can also enjoy art galleries, wine festivals, cosmopolitan  landscapes, and traditional cuisine.

If you are going to travel by car, it will be a pleasure thanks to German motorways. Easy navigation and sturdy roads make it an ideal country to choose for a road trip. Here are our suggestions of the cities that you should visit.

Four cities to visit in Germany

Let’s start with the capital city – Berlin. Situated in the northeastern part of the country on the river Spree, it’s one of the most popular city destinations in Europe. The most important and characteristic monument of Berlin is the famous Brandenburg Gate, built as a city gate and triumphal arch inspired by ancient Greek architecture.

Those who are not afraid of heights can go for dinner to the restaurant located on the top of the television tower, whilst the art lovers can choose between many interesting museums and galleries, such as the Neues Museum, when you will find the bust of Queen Nefertiti. Remember that Berlin is also a city of entertainment, so during the night, if you still have some energy, go dancing into the one of the numerous clubs, or just take a walk to feel the atmosphere of the city’s nightlife.

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In the southwest of Berlin is situated Potsdam – a city of culture and science. For many years, it was the residence of the Prussian royal family but today it is known mainly for its unique parks and palaces. You will be enchanted by the city’s architecture: the city gates, the old town, the Chinese Tea House and the Sanssouci Palace in the most popular place in Potsdam; the Sanssoucci Park.

After a day or two spent in beautiful Potsdam, head to the north of Germany, namely Bremen and Hamburg. The two cities were members of the Hanseatic League – the medieval confederation created to protect the interests of their merchants. In Bremen, thanks to more than a thousand of years of tradition, you will find not only an amazing architecture of different styles, but also many museums with exhibitions dedicated to space or science.

The best known monuments in Bremen are the city hall and the statue of Roland, which is the symbol of autonomy. During your stay in Hamburg, do not miss the opportunity to climb the tower of the St. Michael’s Church, from which you will admire the city’s skyline and the harbor, where arrive ships from all over the world.

(Photos from Flickr – please see individual photos for more information).

Germany is a country that will interest even the most demanding travelers. In the big cities, you can admire various architectural styles (from gothic cathedrals to baroque palaces) or enjoy the nightlife and sample street food. You can also enjoy art galleries, wine festivals, cosmopolitan  landscapes, and traditional cuisine.

If you are going to travel by car, it will be a pleasure thanks to German motorways. Easy navigation and sturdy roads make it an ideal country to choose for a road trip. Here are our suggestions of the cities that you should visit.

Four cities to visit in Germany

Let’s start with the capital city – Berlin. Situated in the northeastern part of the country on the river Spree, it’s one of the most popular city destinations in Europe. The most important and characteristic monument of Berlin is the famous Brandenburg Gate, built as a city gate and triumphal arch inspired by ancient Greek architecture.

Those who are not afraid of heights can go for dinner to the restaurant located on the top of the television tower, whilst the art lovers can choose between many interesting museums and galleries, such as the Neues Museum, when you will find the bust of Queen Nefertiti. Remember that Berlin is also a city of entertainment, so during the night, if you still have some energy, go dancing into the one of the numerous clubs, or just take a walk to feel the atmosphere of the city’s nightlife.

In the southwest of Berlin is situated Potsdam – a city of culture and science. For many years, it was the residence of the Prussian royal family but today it is known mainly for its unique parks and palaces. You will be enchanted by the city’s architecture: the city gates, the old town, the Chinese Tea House and the Sanssouci Palace in the most popular place in Potsdam; the Sanssoucci Park.

After a day or two spent in beautiful Potsdam, head to the north of Germany, namely Bremen and Hamburg. The two cities were members of the Hanseatic League – the medieval confederation created to protect the interests of their merchants. In Bremen, thanks to more than a thousand of years of tradition, you will find not only an amazing architecture of different styles, but also many museums with exhibitions dedicated to space or science.

The best known monuments in Bremen are the city hall and the statue of Roland, which is the symbol of autonomy. During your stay in Hamburg, do not miss the opportunity to climb the tower of the St. Michael’s Church, from which you will admire the city’s skyline and the harbor, where arrive ships from all over the world.

(Photos from Flickr – please see individual photos for more information).

Very pleased

We rented a car from Udrive from Munich to Berlin. Carolyn from Udrive was very helpful in sorting out our questions about the snow tyres, child car seats and luggage. With her help at the planning stage, everything went perfectly once we touched down. With kids, we wanted to avoid any dramas at the airport after a long flight. As it turned out, the check in and pickup went perfectly. We were very satisfied with the car and will use Udrive again in future.  

P Magnusson