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Why Hertz

  • Best price guarantee - in the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we'll refund the difference
  • No cancellation or amendment fees**
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
  • No credit card fees

Hertz in Germany

Germany is a driver’s paradise. Hertz Car Rental operates throughout Germany’s 16 states, offering you the opportunity to hire premium quality cars from our branches, making renting a car in Germany easy, convenient and offering great value.

From the wild beauty of the Black Forest through to the modern architecture of Berlin, Cologne and Dusseldorf, the delightful Bavarian charms of Frankfurt and the fairy tale delights of Neuschwanstein, Germany is a vibrant, fascinating and must see country.

Hertz has more than 250 car rental branches in Germany at key locations and hubs around the country including airports, train stations and large hotels, making it very easy to hire a car wherever you need.

Rules and regulations for driving in Germany

While speed limits on the Autobahn may not be as strict as those in other countries, there are still set regulations you will need to follow. You will need a full licence issued in your country of origin, and must be over 21 to rent a car in Germany. If you are from outside the EU then you will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP).

Many cities in Germany now operate Emissions Control regulations, so all vehicles entering city areas must display an emission control sticker. Hertz will make sure your vehicle has the appropriate sticker.

The legendary Autobahn is an engineering marvel. It provides drivers with fast, smooth connectivity between all the major cities in Germany. However, if you have never driven on the Autobahn before then you will need to remember a few key regulations:

• While some parts are free of speed limits, other stretches of the Autobahn (especially through built-up areas) do have speed restrictions, which are rigorously enforced.

• ‘Tailgating’ is taken very seriously. Ensure that you maintain a distance of at least 4 seconds or two arrow signs between yourself and the vehicle in front.

• Passing on the right is not allowed. Slower vehicles are expected to move to the right to allow faster vehicles to pass safely.

• If you have a breakdown or an accident you must move the vehicle to the shoulder, and place a warning triangle 200m from the scene.

• It is illegal to stop unnecessarily on the Autobahn. Running out of fuel is seen as a preventable situation, which may result in a fine.

Driving in and around Germany

Special attractions

Think of German cars and a lot of famous brand spring into mind, like Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen , and BMW. For true car lovers, a visit to the Maisach BMW Driving Experience is a must. This former airfield 30km west of Munich is home to the BMW Driving Academy, the largest road safety training centre in Germany. If you fancy the ultimate driving experience in 130 hectares of specially laid-out track, then a day’s specialist training is definitely one of those ‘bucket list’ items you simply can’t miss!

If you’re looking for a scenic drive, Germany is home to some of the most iconic car drives in the world. Drive through Bavaria from the Franconia wine country to the foothills of the German Alps on what’s known as the Romantic Road, or take route 500 on the northern stretch of Schwarzwald Hochstrasse and enjoy the sweeping trails through the famous Black Forest.

Quick Information

• Minimum car rental age: Minimum car rental age is 25 years old. Cars can be rented from 21 years old with a supplementary charge of € 24.00 (including tax) per day and a maximum charge of € 220.15 (including tax) per rental. Renting some cars like Hertz Prestige and Dream collections require a minimum age of 27.

• Average speed limits: the average speed limit in Germany is 50 km/h inside cities and populated areas, and 100 km/h on highways.

• Toll roads and costs: Tolls in Germany only apply on trucks traveling the Autobahn.

• Required documents

Renting a car and driving it in Germany requires the following documents:

- Valid national driving licence which has been held for at least 1 year, or an equivalent license issued in the European Union.

- Non-European Union licenses in Roman Script are accepted for renting, but having an International Driving Permit is highly recommended as you may be required to present it to the authorities.

- All Non-European Union driving licences that aren’t in Roman Script require bringing along an International Driving Permit.

- You will also need your passport, and credit card if you’re planning to pay by card.

- Refueling at petrol stations: Fuel stations in Germany are generally self-served, and you pay a cashier after pumping your petrol. Cashiers at petrol stations accept both cash and cards.

- Travelling with children: Safety seats are mandatory in Germany for children up to 12 years. If the child is taller than 150cm no seat is required. Hertz offers safety seats for children from all locations and for all vehicle groups.

** When the booking is cancelled within seven days of being made.