Berlin is the capital of Germany and its largest city. It is home to more than 3.7 million individuals.
Renting a Car in Berlin
To rent a car in the city of Berlin and get the best deal, be sure to book in advance. The legal age for driving in Germany is 18, but travelers aged under 24 years may be required to pay a young driver surcharge. If travelers plan to drive their rental car outside of Berlin, it might be wise to obtain an International Driving Permit.
Car Rental Companies in Berlin
The most popular rental car companies in Berlin are Auto Europe, Sixt, Enterprise, Budget, Hertz, Alamo, CARO, Buchbinder, Europcar, and Thrifty rental car. Pick up a rental car on arrival at either Berlin Tegel (on the lower floor near Terminal E) or Berlin Schönefeld airport (outside Terminal A). Many of the car rental offices are also conveniently located across the city of Berlin.
Driving in Berlin
Traffic in Berlin is typically orderly, and so travelers should experience few issues driving around the city. Traffic does become congested in the city center however, especially during rush hour. The city has three ring roads, the Innenstadtring, Stadtring, and Berlin Ringbahn which surround the historic city centre. It is advisable for travelers to use these ring roads for ease of navigation and to avoid getting caught in local traffic.
Parking in Berlin
Travelers should be aware of the parking system. For example, blue line parking allows travelers to park up to two hours without a ticket. A dotted blue line denotes disabled parking. The appropriate handicap card must be visibly displayed in the vehicle. Yellow line parking is strictly for taxi drivers and orange line only for delivery trucks. Travelers are prohibited to park in a red line parking space or else the vehicle will be towed. For a small cost, the best bet is to park in one of the many car parks available.
What to Do in Berlin
Pick up a Berlin Pass, which allows free entry to 60 of the city's major museums and attractions. Take the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour to explore the city's popular sights. Experience a historical cruise on the River Spree to see Museum Island. Travelers who enjoy classical music will love a dinner concert in the spectacular Charlottenburg Palace. Pay a visit to the Berlin Zoo, the most visited zoo in Europe, which houses more than 18,000 animals. Visit the Checkpoint Charlie museum to see historical displays regarding the former border crossing and remnants of the Berlin Wall, covered with graffiti.
Things to Do Outside of Berlin
With a rental car, visitors will be able to drive through the rolling hills of the south west, to the villages of the Black Forest, or to visit the medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Bavaria, with its historical castle above the narrow cobbled lanes.
Get a real taste of Berlin and its history with a rental car. Whether it is a day trip within the city limits, or an overnight trip to explore the surrounding countryside, a rental car will greatly enhance the experience.