It may be one of the world’s major financial centers but the German city of Frankfurt is also one of Europe’s most exciting, progressive places to visit. And it’s the gateway to some of the most spectacular scenery in western Germany too
We’ve got pick-up locations dotted across Frankfurt to help you rent a car with the minimum fuss. Our bases include the international airport, main railway station, and the city center, so you’ll find us easily, wherever you are.
Whether you’re in Frankfurt for business or pleasure, we offer a 24-hour rental helpline for any questions you may have during your rental period. Plus, you’ll be able to get out and about in the city of Frankfurt quickly and efficiently, without worrying about any hidden extras to pay or any credit card fees. And renting a car allows you to easily visit other lively cities nearby, like Mainz and Wiesbaden.
With its futuristic skyline of glossy skyscrapers, Frankfurt marks the heart of a prosperous commercial region. But it’s also a lively center for culture, nightlife and shopping too. If you hire a car you’ll be able to explore all the parts of the city – and the fascinating towns, villages and countryside around it too. You’ll find that Frankfurt is encircled by a series of National Nature Parks, with vast areas of beautiful protected landscapes. They’re easy to reach by car from the city.
You’ll find that getting around the area by car is usually quick and easy. Frankfurt is a regional hub for the German motorway system, so there are excellent road links in all directions. The city is actually circled by a ring of motorways, the A5, A3, and A661, which will help you get around to all parts and dodge the worst of the rush hour jams.
Inside this ring of roads, vehicles must display the new official Eco sticker or face fines. Don’t worry about any of that – our staff will ensure your hire car has the correct sticker clearly displayed.
From Frankfurt, you’ll be able to take advantage of major German motorway routes like the A3, from Cologne to Wurzburg, and the A5, from Basel to Hannover, which both pass close to the city. The A66 is another useful motorway, it is a quick route to the spa city of Wiesbaden on the Rhine.
Generally, wherever you go, you’ll find the German road network is very good. The roads are well signed and maintained, and the traffic is fast moving and well behaved.
The German rules of the road are logical and predictable too. The national speed limit for motorways and dual carriageways is 80mph. It’s 62mph on smaller roads and 31mph in the built-up urban zones.
Frankfurt’s towering skyline is one of the most exciting in Europe but the city isn’t just about glossy modern skyscrapers. It’s also a lively center for arts, shopping, and tourism and with a hire car you can also drive out to explore the ring of wonderful natural parks around the city.
The old town area
In the center of all the modern glass, steel and concrete you’ll find there’s still a lovely little old town waiting to be discovered. Wandering around Frankfurt’s Altstadt district is like walking back in time: the streets are lined with ancient houses, landmarks, and monuments. The highlights of Altstadt include major tourist spots like the grand gothic cathedral and 15th-century city hall but you may find simply wandering through narrow streets of half-timbered shops and taverns are even better.
Step into thriving Frankfurt
If you are interested in architecture, you can tour of the modern building here in the city; simply drive around the city spotting the tallest towers and shiniest offices. Look out for the headquarters of the European Central Bank and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, one of the biggest in the world. The best building to visit is the Main Tower alongside the river. Take a lift up to the 56th floor and enjoy the panoramic views of the city from its observation deck.
Clean and green
You’ll find plenty of grassy spaces throughout Frankfurt and, in fact, around half the area of the city is now protected greenery. Out of all of them, the best place to relax is the stunning Palm Garden, the country’s largest botanical garden. You’ll find elegant tropical glasshouses and acres of parkland and lakes to explore.
Look out too for the city’s zoological gardens. It’s one of the oldest zoos in the world and an atmospheric spot to see more than 4,000 animals. Further out to the eastern edge of the city, the Nidda Valley Park is an enormous green area of trees, playgrounds, trails and waterways that offer another perfect escape from the city bustle. Frankfurt’s City Forest to the south is the country’s biggest urban woodland.
Getting back to nature
All that greenery may get you in the mood for some real rural adventures. Luckily Frankfurt is very well placed to visit some of western Germany’s best landscapes. There are six huge national nature parks around the city – offering protected natural wonders a short drive away in any direction.
Head south to find the beautiful Odenwald Park, which covers hundreds of square miles. Amid these green, rolling hills, you’ll find pretty traditional villages and dozens of distinctive rock formations poking from the ground. To the north of Frankfurt, you’ll be able to drive around the spectacular Taunus Mountain Park. This rollercoaster landscape is covered with trees that plunge steeply down to meet the River Rhine, creating wonderful views and picnic spots – and finally destroying that old reputation of a heavy industrial area.
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Address: Terminals 1 and 2
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at the crossing with Mainzer Landstrasse
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