The history, culture and sheer vibrancy of Germany’s third city is one of the great surprises of Central Europe. If you rent a car when you visit Munich you’ll be able to experience the classic sights, lively events and café culture of this exciting city and explore the rest of Bavaria too.
We’ve got car hire locations dotted throughout Munich, including an office at the international airport, in the center of the city and in the Elisenhof commercial district. The spread of locations around Munich means that you’ll be able to get in your rental car and get on the road quickly, whether you’re visiting the city for work or pleasure.
With our best price guarantee, no hidden fees to pay and a 24-hour rental helpline, your trip to Munich will surely be one to remember.
You can easily get around Munich in a hire car, thanks to a modern road system that includes three orbital ring roads and plenty of multi-lane arterial roads. The A99 outer ring road is a motorway, and along with the Mittlerer Ring and the Altstadtring inner ring roads, help drivers get to any part of the city quickly.
These roads will get you around the outlying attractions, like Bayern Munich’s famous Allianz Arena. Many of the historic buildings are within the restricted pedestrianized central historic zone, however, so it’s often easier to take your hire car to the extensive park & ride areas and use the hyper-efficient public transport system.
Munich is the major city of southern Germany so it serves as a road hub. You’ll find there are good fast routes heading off in all directions if you want to explore.
The A8 motorway heads northwest to the charming old cities of Augsburg and Ulm, or southeast towards the fabulous Berchtesgaden National Park and eventually over the border to Mozart’s birthplace, the Austrian city of Salzburg. The A9 takes you north to Ingolstadt and the high-tech Audi Museum, while the A95 heads south through the beautiful Five Lakes Region and the glamorous ski resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
You’ll usually find German roads are generally well maintained and traffic is generally swift. The rules of the road are similar to the rest of Europe: the speed limit on motorways and dual carriageways is 80mph, the limit is 62mph on smaller roads and 31mph in built up areas.
Munich is a marvelous mix of traditional architecture and cool modern art galleries, so whatever your tastes made be, you’re bound to find something in Munich.
The Old Town
To find the best old buildings and ancient monuments head for the main public squares: The Marienplatz, Odeonsplatz, and Konigsplatz. It looks like everything has been untouched for hundreds of years. Wander around pedestrianized streets to find fascinating churches such as the Frauenkirche Cathedral and ornate royal palaces.
Explore the sporting heritage
The home of Germany’s leading soccer team, Bayern Munich, is the dramatic Allianz Arena on the city outskirts. The stadium can change color at the flick of a switch, so it has become a major attraction, even if there’s no game on.
Munich’s Olympiapark was used for the 1972 Games and since then has evolved into a large landscaped attraction, with cafes, shops, a boating lake and swimming pool, plus some of the best views of the city from the Olympic Hill.
Check the events calendar
With large numbers of students and tourists, there’s always a buzz about Munich so be sure to check local listings to see what’s on. The Christmas Market and Oktoberfest are legendary but there’s always something happening. The carnival season lasts throughout January and involves 800 fancy dress balls. Look out too for major concerts and live events across the city. For general nightlife, try the trendy Glockenback district or for traditional Bavarian food, head to the Old Town.
If you have a rental car it’s easy to escape the crowds and explore other Bavarian towns and cities. Ingolstadt to the north of Munich gives you a chance to savor the gothic atmosphere that inspired the original Frankenstein story, as well as the futuristic Audi Museum, commemorating the car brand’s base in the city.
Augsburg seems even more historic, with cobbled alleys, ancient canals, and ornate towers and spires everywhere. It stands on the acclaimed Romantic Road – a well-marked driving route taking in some of southern Germany’s prettiest sights.
Head south from Munich into the foothills of the Alps and you’ll find a series of glittering lakes. It’s called the Five Lake Region after the main bodies of water but there are actually far more to discover here. The area offers relaxing waterside villages, restaurants, and walks – plus energetic watersports too.
High and mighty
Beyond the lakes are the mountains themselves and while they aren’t the highest of the Alps, the Bavarian peaks are some of the most scenic. You can drive between soaring mountains and cute wooden villages. The highlights range from fairy-tale romantic castles, like the 19th-century Disney-esque Neuschwanstein, to glitzy ski resorts, like Garmisch-Pertenkirchen, or Zugspitze, where you can take a cable car up Germany’s highest mountain for amazing views.
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