Things To Know About Germany

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Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is known as a highly developed country with a very high standard of living, and it maintains a comprehensive social security, a universal health care system and diverse environmental protection laws. Besides all that, Germany also boasts a wonderful nature and sceneries. Germany is located in western-central Europe and its capital and largest city is Berlin.

If you cannot decide where to go, just pick a direction! Germany is well known for its diverse tourist routes, such as the Romantic Road, the Wine Route, the Castle Road, and the Avenue Road. You definitely should travel around Germany by car, otherwise you will miss all the beauty of this country.

Top places to visit in Germany by car

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Bremen

Bremen is the second most populous city in North Germany, located along the River Weser (a home to a major port of Bremen). Very commercial and industrial city, a major cultural and economic hub in the northern regions of Germany. Bremen is an outward-looking and hospitable city, with a good balance between style, earthiness and good living.

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Düsseldorf

A city for fashionistas and art lovers. Düsseldorf is located in western Germany and known for its fashion industry and art scene. It is divided by the Rhine River, with its Old Town on the east bank and modern commercial areas to the west. In the Old Town, St. Lambertus Church and Castle Tower both date to the 13th century. Want to do some shopping? Königsalle and Schadowstraße streets are lined with boutiques.

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Frankfurt

Frankfurt is a central German city on the Main River, also a major financial hub. The reconstructed Altstadt (Old Town) is home to lively Römerberg Plaza, which hosts an annual Christmas market. Or perhaps you prefer some physical activity? Take part in BMW Frankfurt Marathon, which is the oldest marathon in Germany, and after that relax in the post-race Pasta Party.

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Hamburg

A major port city in northern Germany, connected to the North Sea by the Elbe River. Its old town is located next to Binnenalster Lake that is dotted with boats and surrounded by cafes and restaurants. If you are a food lover, you will appreciate the cuisine – local specialties are Oysters and traditional Aalsuppe (soup).

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Munich

Capital of the breathtaking state of Bavaria, a home to centuries-old buildings and numerous museums. The city is known for its annual Oktoberfest celebration and cavernous beer halls, including the famed Hofbräuhaus. This year’s Oktoberfest is held from September 19 to October 4. If you hire a car in Munich airport, the distance to the fairy tale-alike Neuschwanstein Castle is only 156km and 1h 48min.

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Berlin

There’s nothing much to say about going to Berlin. You just have to do it! It is not only the capital of Germany, but also a cultural center that dates back to the 13th century. Today Berlin is known for its art scene, nightlife and modern architecture.

Did you know that most of the people who have visited Germany, suggest to travel around with a car? We agree, because it is the most convenient way of visiting all your desired cities, sightseeing places and festivals. If you don’t own a car, there are many options for not only cheap car hire, but luxury car rental in Munich, Berlin or other city as well. You can also hire a car in Munich airport. We are not afraid to say that Germany offers one of the widest range of rental cars in Europe.

Driving in Germany - rules on the road

Speed limits

There are two default speed limits in Germany: 50 km/h inside built-up areas and 100 km/h outside built-up areas. While parts of the autobahns and many other freeway-style highways have a posted limits up to 130 km/h, based on accident experience, congestion and other factors, many rural sections have no general speed limit. The main autobahn rule: any person driving a vehicle may only drive so fast that the car is under control. And please be careful with rental cars!

Alcohol levels

Zero for beginners (less than 2 years’ experience and drivers under the age of 21). For 0,05% the fine is 500 EUR and 1 month license suspension. Penalty for 0,11% is 500 EUR and the drivers licence is withdrawn for at least six months, but usually for about one year. If you are caught with more than 0,11% or higher, the penalty is at least 1000 EUR and a licence suspension for at least one year, and you have to be sober for the next 12 months, before you can get your license back. Pretty harsh, right?

Speed fines

If you are a speed monster, get ready for some trouble! In numbers: if you cross 21 km/h in city, the fine jumps to 80 EUR. Anywhere between 31-40 km/h over the limit in the city will cost you 160 EUR, 3 points, and a 1 month suspension of your license. Outside the city speeding from 41-50 km/h will get you the same results.

Speed radars

Germany heavily relies on speed cameras, called blitzers. Blitzers come in many forms from older single camera models to modern multi camera systems that do front and back photos. They can be fixed or mobile.

Road quality

As you may have heard, roads in Germany are in very good condition. Germans pay really high taxes for road maintenance, but we (and they) think that it’s worth every cent. You will enjoy driving in Germany.

Minimum driving age

You must be at least 18 years old to drive a car, but most of the car rental agencies in Germany prefer older drivers.

Fuel price

Super 95: 1,50 EUR.
Premium 98: 1,53 EUR.
Diesel: 1,24 EUR.

Side of the road

Right-hand side of the road. Keep to the right (slow) lane on autobahns and other roads, and remember that overtaking on the right (undertaking) is strictly forbidden.

Seat belt fines

Fine for not fastening a seatbelt is 30 EUR.

General information about Germany

Weather

Germany has a temperate climate throughout the country with warm summers and cold winters. Average temperature is 3°C in January and 22°C in July. Extremes temperatures sometimes reach -10°C in winter and 35°C summer. The best time to travel around Germany is summer time – just rent a car and enjoy the warm summer breeze.

Population

With 81 million inhabitants, Germany is the most populous country in the European Union and ranks as the 16th most populous country in the world. After the US, it is the second most popular migration destination in the world. There are four large groups of people that are referred to as “national minorities” because their ancestors have lived in their respective regions for centuries: Danes, Frisians, Roma and Sinti, and Sorbs. Speaking of immigrants, in 2014 about seven million of Germany’s residents did not have German citizenship.

Speaking language

Official and predominant language is German. Recognized native minority languages in Germany are Danish, Low German, Sorbian, Romany, and Frisian. The most used immigrant languages are Turkish, Kurdish, Polish, Russian and the Balkan languages. So, if you know one of them – you will definitely not get lost!

Cost of living
Obviously, the cost of living in Germany will depend on your own lifestyle and where you choose to settle, but it is a bit more expensive than other countries in Europe. Average monthly salary in Germany after tax is 1875 EUR, which makes 22 507 EUR per year. For example, 1 bedroom apartment in City Centre costs 655 EUR. It may sound pretty pricey, but compared to wages, the price is OK.

Tourism

Germany is the seventh most visited country in the world with over 30 million international tourists yearly and its capital Berlin has become the third most visited city destination in Europe. By the way, did you know that more than 30% of Germans spend their holiday in their own country? That’s how great this country is! Oh, and if you go to Munich, an absolute must go restaurants are Thalassa, Trattoria Da Fausto and Mark’s restaurant.

Before car rental in Germany keep in mind that Germany is the land of autobahns, so be careful. Many German cars have manual transmission, but Carrentalia offers both manual and automatic transmission cars. As well we offer both cheap and luxury car rental in Munich and other cities.

Are you planning a budget trip? Carrentalia offers a wide range of vehicles for a cheap car rental in Germany. Choose one of our high-quality cars that meets your needs and budget best. If you want to sit down in your hired car straight from the plane, just hire car in Munich airport.

Have a great road trip!

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