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    Car hire in Munich at the best prices

    As a world famous car rental broker, Auto Europe takes pride in providing you with a superb car hire experience that will make your holiday unforgettable. The company has grown from small beginnings to being able to provide over 24,000 car rental pick-up locations worldwide. When you book your car hire in Munich with Auto Europe, you will not only benefit from a wide selection of vehicles and incredibly low rates, but also fantastic customer service.

    Marked by the distinctive Alpine scenery, quiet picturesque villages, and strong longstanding traditions, Bavaria is the southernmost German state bordering Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic. A holiday in Bavaria is an excellent choice if you are looking for a family holiday thanks to a wide array of attractions and child-friendly places such as Legoland, climbing forests and alpine coasters, to name just a few.

    Adults will also be pleasantly surprised with the majestic nature, sports, history and a rich culinary world. A car rental in Munich is a fantastic way of travelling through the state of Bavaria and getting familiar with the alpine national parks, historic fairytale-like castles, and the neighbouring country of Austria. To find out more about what our previous customers have thought during their visit to Munich, consult our Munich car hire reviews page.

    How is the traffic in Munich?

    As traffic in the city is quite orderly, you should have no problem driving your car hire in Munich. However, the centre of the city does get quite congested during rush hour. There are three ring roads around the city: the A99, the Mittlerer Ring, and the Altstadtring. Using these ring roads can help you get around the city without getting stuck in traffic, although during peak times these roads experience congestion too.

    As a large city, Munich is very well connected to Germany's extensive network of motorways. Heading west, you can take the A8 and drive towards Karlsruhe (136 miles from Munich, reachable in two hours and 20 minutes). The A8, to the south-east, will also get you to Salzburg in Austria with a drive of about 90 miles (an hour and a half in good traffic). Driving along the A9 to the north will get you to Nuremberg in about an hour and 40 minutes. The A9 continues all the way to Berlin, though the drive is a rather staggering 363 miles - about five and a half hours. If you are looking for Alpine landscapes, the A95 leads you straight to the Bavarian Alps and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, which is about an hour's drive away. For more routes and traffic regulations, see our Germany driving information page.

    Where can I park my car hire in Munich?

    Although finding street parking for your car in Munich can be challenging, if you are willing to give it a shot, below is a short guide for the different parking zones, which are similar to the ones used in Italy.

    • Blue line: Parking is allowed for two hours.
    • Dotted blue line: Parking is only allowed for disabled drivers, and you must display a designated card in your car, proving that you are entitled to park here.
    • Yellow line: Parking is only allowed for taxis.
    • Orange line: Parking is only allowed for deliveries.
    • Red line: Parking is strictly prohibited, and doing so risks your car being towed.

    There are, however, also multiple car parks in the centre of the city, which you can make use of easily. Park and ride stations are also offered by the MVV, which runs public transportation in Munich, allowing you to leave your car rental at a train station and utilise public transportation to see the sights in the very centre of the city.

    Munich Airport

    The second busiest airport in Germany, Munich International Airport can be found close to the city of Freising, about 18 miles north-east of Munich. Flight connections are available to most major airports in Europe, as well as intercontinental destinations. Munich Airport is also an important hub for Lufthansa and Star Alliance.

    Munich International Airport (MUC)
    Website: Munich International Airport
    Address: Nordallee 25, 85356 München
    Telephone: +49 89 975 00

    Budget airlines operate flights to Memmingen Airport, often referred to as 'Munich West'. Officially, the airport is called 'Allgäu Airport Memmingen', and is located approximately 70 miles from Munich. There are bus connections from the airport to central Munich, with a journey time of about an hour and a half.

    Memmingen Airport (FMM)
    Website: Memmingen Airport
    Address: Am Flughafen 42, 87766 Memmingerberg
    Telephone: +49 8331 9842000

    What to do in Munich

    Munich is the best choice and your go-to city if you are in love with history, art, and good beer. Wonderful museums will give insights not only in the Bavarian history and tradition, but also into the world of science, transport, painting and culture from around the globe. Some of the museums offer extremely discounted tickets on Sundays which cost only one euro. The city, although quite spread out and with a rapidly increasing number of citizens, has still retained the charm of a small town and even village character, as some would argue. If you visit in summer, expect a laid-back atmosphere best experienced in the biggest park called Englischer Garten; spend a day in the shadow lying on the grass next to the cold stream or watch skillful people surf a stream wave (even in winter). Another summer highlight is beer gardens, a typically Bavarian establishment where you can enjoy Bavarian beer and hearty food in the open air. One unusual thing about Munich beer gardens is being able to bring your own food as long as you buy drinks. One thing you should not miss when spending a summer day in Munich is the traditional barbecue on the Isar river. There are specially designated areas where it is allowed to light a BBQ fire and have a chilled get-together until late at night. Besides these traditional sights and activities, we have selected several places and events suitable for family holidays, history tours, or party breaks in Munich.

    • Munich Residence: Munich Residence used to be the royal and government residency for four hundred years spanning over completely different historical and artistic movements such as the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and even neoclassical architectural era. Various rulers, dukes, and kings helped transform a humble castle into a magnificent place with lovely gardens and wonderfully decorated rooms, now proof of the impeccable taste of the Bavarian aristocracy. The Residence consists of a museum, theatre, court church, garden, and a remarkable treasury. It is recommended to buy a two-day ticket so that you can split your visit into two parts. The treasury is a true feast for the eyes and is evidential of the luxury and opulence enjoyed by Bavarian rulers throughout history.

    • Rosengarten: A hidden gem and a rose oasis, this is a little known spot for tourists. Comfortably nestled behind a small fence on the tree-lined river bank, the garden features hundreds of roses and has a mysterious flair with its stone sculptures and lush greenery. As this is a sort of a botanical garden, you will find one special part devoted to poisonous plants together with useful information. Stroll along the Isar, cross over the famous Wittelsbach Bridge and you will reach the secret rose garden in just a few minutes on foot. On the way back to the city, stroll along the river to the north and check out the other historic bridges over the Isar.

    • Werksviertel: Completely opposite from anything you would expect from Munich, without even a little bit of luxurious appearance, Werksviertel is an alternative place quite different from mainstream Munich. It is a huge party zone at night with over 30 start-up companies running their businesses from there during the day. Currently made up of old shabby buildings and looking like a huge construction site, it is supposed to become a thriving modern complex with a brand new philharmonic hall and a prestigious Munich zone.

    • Churches: Alter Peter- Asam Church - Holy Spirit Church: At the very heart of the city near Marienplatz, there are several churches and architectural masterpieces well worth a visit. If you are fit enough, climb the 306 narrow winding stairs of Alter Peter for a superb view of Munich. Head towards Viktualienmarkt, a fresh deli market, to the Holy Spirit Church built in the 13th century. Take some time to admire the majestic interior which is the perfect combination of Gothic and neo-Baroque style. Walk less than half a mile along the pedestrian zone to the Asam Church, a true gem and one of the most significant monuments of late Baroque.

    • Cocktailtram: Hop on the party tram and spend the evening riding through the city, sipping on a cocktail, and dancing the night away. Once this extraordinary tram stops, you will normally get free entrance to another night club so that you can keep partying till the early hours.

    • Hofbräuhaus: The state-run brewery and beer hall is Munich's must-do for all beer lovers and those looking to find out more about Bavarian beer tradition. Besides several types of homemade beer, you can have some hearty food and enjoy the typical brass band music in the unique interior with painted ceilings and old wooden furniture.

    • Ohel Jakob Synagogue: Visit the synagogue, museum and the memorial centre paying tribute to 4,587 Jewish people from Munich killed during World War 2 by the Nazis. The interesting construction resembles the tents described in the Bible used by Israelites during their quest through the desert.

    • Allianz Arena: Visit the massive football stadium in northern Munich and learn more about the iconic Bavarian football club Bayern Munich. Tickets for matches are not easy to obtain but if you try early enough and do not mind paying a lot, you may get lucky and see the team play live!

    Best day trips with my car rental in Munich

    With a host of natural attractions and historic places near Munich, you will be completely spoilt for choice. Get in your car hire and go explore the wonderfully diverse surroundings of Munich!

    • Lake Königssee at National Park Berchtesgaden: Rent a car in Munich for a day or even two to visit the one of most beautiful, deepest and cleanest Alpine lakes in southern Germany. You will be enchanted by its emerald green colour and the awe-inspiring mountains as a backdrop.

    • Legoland: Take the whole family for a day trip to Legoland only an hour and a half by car from Munich. The theme park offers fun activities not only for children, but also for adults!

    • Lindau: Lindau's special character as a small romantic lake town makes it especially attractive for visitors while its interesting location between Austria and Switzerland make it a great starting point for many excursions. Explore the old medieval heart of the city, have a lovely meal on the promenade by Constance Lake, and take a cruise to the flower island of Mainau!

    • Rothenburg ob der Tauber: The picture-perfect village frequently seen on postcards is a charming little place taken straight out of a fairytale. It is situated on the German Romantic Road which is also worth your time for a memorable road trip around Germany. Take some time to absorb the unique atmosphere of the fortified town, its cobbled streets and colourful houses and to visit the main square with plenty of restaurants and cafés for a pleasant afternoon.

    Geographic Information & History

    Munich, located north of the Bavarian Alps, is the third largest city in Germany by population, and the capital of the state of Bavaria. There are two rivers flowing through the city, the Würm and the Isar, a cold alpine river originating from a nearby mountain range. The climate in Munich is mostly humid continental, as the closeness of the Alps strongly affects the weather in the city. The mountains play a part, for example, in the relatively high levels of rain and humidity that Munich experiences, and the generally fluctuating weather conditions. The city experiences winter from December to March, usually with some snowfall and an average low temperature of -2 degrees Celsius. Summers, between May and September, are warm but changeable with an average high temperature of 23 degrees Celsius.

    Munich's name is derived from an Old Germanic word meaning monk and that is how the story of Munich began. Originally a monk settlement dating back to the 8th century, the city of Munich was founded in 1158 when a bridge was built over the Isar to the Benedictine monks' settlement to help transport salt along the significant Salt Route. The official city status was granted to Munich in 1175 along with the fortification. The city was taken over by the Wittelsbach dynasty who would continue to rule Bavaria for the next 800 years. In 1806 Munich became the capital of Bavaria which was still a separate nation before joining Germany in 1871. The early twentieth century saw Munich develop into a cultural and artistic hub especially for German painters. However, it soon became a city in turmoil with its political unrest soaked in the right-wing ideology. Hitler's attempt to bring down the government failed in the "beer hall putsch", but he still succeeded in making Munich the centre of the Nazi party, which eventually took over control of the country. Unfortunately, Munich was devastated during World War II. It is believed that Hitler sent his regime photographers to take photos of all city streets and important buildings before bombing so that they could be rebuilt after the war. Most of Munich has been reconstructed after 1945. Modern Munich is an international city and a business hub for a lot of foreign companies. With practically no high-rise architecture and a lot of parks, forests and green areas, Munich has retained its old-fashioned village charm and rich Bavarian heritage.

    How to get around Munich

    There is an extensive public transportation grid in Munich, operated by MVV. The network includes suburban trains (called S-Bahn), which run through the city centre to residential areas, underground trains (U-Bahn), trams, and buses. Tickets can be purchased for varying lengths of travel (single trip, a day travelcard, three days, a week, or a month), and you can choose between individual or group tickets. Tickets can be easily purchased from ticket machines, ticket offices at the most central stations, as well as selected kiosks. At night, you can use S-Bahn, night trams and night buses while U-Bahn trains do not usually operate from one to four o'clock. The night public transport network consisting of night buses and night trams differs to the daily one in terms of stops and lines, so please plan ahead accordingly. The Central Station (Hauptbahnhof), is located in the very centre of Munich. Regional and long-distance services are operated from this station, Pasing (Munich West) and Ostbahnhof (Munich East). High-speed rail links (ICE) from Munich have connections to Stuttgart and Frankfurt, for example, and all the way to northern Germany in Berlin, Düsseldorf, and Hamburg.

    Can I hire a campervan in Munich?

    If you would like to leave the hassle of finding the right accommodation behind, we recommend you take a tour of Bavaria and neighbouring Austria in a campervan. Book a motorhome in Munich and see the whole region at your own pace. You will enjoy comfort on four wheels with some of the best prices on the market.

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