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Car Rental in Germany

Sixt offers you premium car rental deals in Germany. With our excellent customer service and affordable rates on our leading brand fleet we can easily satisfy your mobility needs. We offer a wide range of vehicles that can cater to a range of occasions. Whether renting a car for a trip with family or friends we have plenty of luxury and economy options so you can find the right rent a car for your budget and plans.

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Rent a car in Germany with Sixt

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With our city center, train station and international airport branches all over the world we are ideally situated to help you quickly continue your journey. You can always easily book online and depending on the car class you can generally cancel your reservation without charge. While you book you can also take advantage of our great deals on optional add-ons.

Brandenburger Tor, Berlin, Germany

What to Do in Germany in Winter 2019

Traveling to Germany in the winter is a great decision, as you can visit some of the most beloved events and attractions during this time. The Christmas markets, open from the end of November until the end of December, are a strong tradition going back hundreds of years and every city has at least one. The Christkindlmarkt in Nuremberg is popular and both Munich and Berlin offer many markets to choose from. You can also visit Cologne in February for Karneval, which is the German version of Mardi Gras. If it is too cold for any of these activities, the country is rich in museums and orchestra and opera performances. Be sure to dress warmly because the weather will be cold, perhaps with rain or snow. This is perfect if you would like to go skiing somewhere like Garmisch Partenkirchen. We recommend renting an SUV if you go to more mountainous areas like Bavaria. We also have winter tires and ski racks available as add-ons.

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With our car rental deals in Germany you can drive an array of premium brands such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Jaguar, and Audi. You can choose an automatic vehicle, book a child seat or arrange a one way car rental. Optional extras can be added to your rental vehicle on the bookings page.

Which vehicle class is right for me?

  • Compact cars are ideal for densely populated large cities.
  • Sedans are a good choice for weekend trips and long-distance trips between cities.
  • Station wagons and SUVs are ideal for ample leg and luggage room. Typically you have space for three large suitcases plus two hand bags.
  • When traveling with a bigger party we also have 7 to 9-seater minivans and 12, 15 and even 17-seater passenger vans.

Driver's license

In Germany, all driving licenses from EU countries are accepted. If your license is printed using a non-Latin alphabet, for instance in Russian, Arabic or Chinese, you will need to get an International Driving Permit (IDP). An IDP can only be obtained before you leave the United States from either the American Automobile Association (AAA) or the American Automobile Touring Alliance(AATA). Generally countries that speak English will not require an IDP.

Age restrictions

All drivers aged 18 and older may rent a car in Germany with Sixt. When you are in the booking engine there is also a menu with the age requirements for specific car models. Note that a young driver surcharge applies for those under 23.

Payment Methods

Payment for your car rental in Germany must be done via credit card. Sixt accepts all major credit cards and AirPlus, while all prepaid and debit cards (such as VISA Electron) are not accepted. The payment method must have been issued in the name of the driver and this must be presented at the time of vehicle pick-up and be valid at this time.


You can reach the rescue service in Germany under emergency number 112. For direct assistance, you can also contact us by telephone at +49 (0) 180 6269999. You can reach the rescue service in Germany under emergency number 112.

See Germany's castles with a road trip on the Romantic Road with your Sixt car rental.


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Can I rent a specific car model?

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Can I pick up a car and return it somewhere else?

Do I have to pay a deposit?

TIP: It is generally cheaper to rent a car at least three months before any high season. Free cancellation up to 24 hours before collection is almost always possible, but is dependent on the chosen tariff.

Driving Tips

The German road network is excellently maintained which makes short and long distance road trips easy. German drivers generally hold strictly to the traffic rules, and will happily use their horns to inform someone who is not. When a multiple lane road merges into one the vehicles in the lane that is ending are expected to drive to the end of their lane before yielding into traffic.

Here are some more tips for driving with your rent a car in Germany:

  • Remember that distances are calculated in kilometers and the speed limit will be posted in kilometers per hour.
  • German roads are divided according to size, the letter B is designated for main roads and the letter L refers to smaller, rural routes.
  • In Germany highway signs are marked in blue and federal roads in yellow. Three-lane connecting highways are known as Autobahns. Each kind of roadway has its own speed restrictions.
  • Drivers must stop at crosswalks for pedestrians and should take caution when driving behind public buses, and be aware that trams always have the right of way.
  • If the rental car is damaged during journeys over unpaved roads you will be responsible for the cost of repairs. It is advisable to completely avoid driving on any unmarked or unofficial roads.

General speed limits in Germany:

  • In urban areas, a maximum speed of 50 km/h is generally permitted, although sometimes limited to 30 km/h.
  • On country roads a maximum speed of 100km / h is generally permitted although sometimes limited to 70 km/h.
  • Some sections of the German Autobahn network have no maximum speed limit; when speed is restricted the maximum speed limit will be posted.

The following traffic infractions will incur the following fines (subject to change):

  • Using a mobile without a hands free device: 60 euros
  • Driving while intoxicated: 500-3000 euros, 1 month driving ban
  • Crossing a red light: 90-360 euros
  • Parking violation: 10-70 euros
  • Illegally passing or overtaking another vehicle: 30-240 euros
  • Driving over the speed limit: 15-680 euros

See historic monuments with a rent a car in Germany from Sixt.

Places of Interest

Top 4 Architectural Sights

  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Sanssouci Palace, Potsdam
  • Mercedes Benz Museum, Stuttgart
  • Old Town, Dresden

The third-largest church building in the world, the Cologne Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. The Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam is one of the most beautiful historic palaces in Germany and often referred to as the Prussian Versailles. The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart shows the 130-year history of the automotive industry from its start. The center of Dresden's historic old town is full of stunning baroque architecture home to fine examples such as the Semperoper, Frauenkirche, and Zwinger.

Top 4 Natural Sights

  • Jasmund National Park, Rügen
  • Volcanic Eifel, Rhineland-Palatinate
  • National Park of Saxon Switzerland
  • Karwendel Mountains near Krün

The Jasmund National Park on the island of Rügen is the smallest and most beautiful national park in Germany, with thick forests growing next to the coast's high white chalk cliffs. The Volcanic Eifel region in the the far west of Germany boasts crater lakes such as the Daun Maar and numerous other signs of volcanic activity. The Saxon Switzerland National Park is an El Dorado for hikers with its imposing views of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. From Krun you are offered a breathtaking view of the Karwendel Mountains, four large mountain ranges that rise to over 200 meters.

Top Filming Locations

"The Grand Budapest Hotel" was nominated for Best Picture in 2015 and despite missing out on the award is hugely celebrated for its distinctive style and appearance. The fictional Republic of Zubrowka is not to be found in Hungary however, but in the German state of Saxony. The movie was filmed in ten locations in the town of Görlitz, including the Jugendstilhaus, Freisebad, Dreifaltigkeitskirche and the Untermarkt. The town is often referred as Görliwood due to the many number of films that have used the city to shoot scenes that were meant to take place in cities such as New York, Paris, and Frankfurt.

Berlin has always been popular as a filming location and both "The First Avenger: Civil War" and "The Hunger Games" both used the pedestrian underpass at the Messedamm with its distinctive orange tiles and round columns. "Bridge of Spies" played out on the Glienick Bridge, where between 1962 and 1986 three high-ranking agents were exchanged in real life. Around 300 productions a year use Berlin as a backdrop. Not far from Berlin is Potsdam's Filmpark Babelsberg where productions such as "Cloud Atlas", "The Hunger Games"and the TV series "Homeland" were filmed in its studios.

Drive around in ease while in Germany with Sixt rent a car.

Crossing Borders

When renting a car in Germany there are restrictions on driving into neighboring countries, often based on the type of vehicle you have rented. The countries are divided into three zones and specific restrictions apply to each. For instance, you can drive into France, Italy or Sweden unrestricted, but entering Poland is dependent upon your car type and manufacturer. More information on this topic can be found here: Rental Information. In case of offense against crossing borders and territorial restrictions all coverage will be void of validity.

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Popular Car Rental Locations in Germany

  • Berlin
  • Munich
  • Hamburg
  • Dusseldorf
  • Cologne
  • Frankfurt
  • Nuremburg
  • Stuttgart
  • Hannover

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