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. Keep on reading for great travel ideas, driving tips and tricks on how to save the most money on your car rental.
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With more than 200 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 book easily 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. Read on and let us inspire you to find out more about all the top cities and sightseeing destinations you can reach with your car rental in Germany. Our Places of Interest section can help you plan your tip with suggestions of the top architectural and natural sights you can visit.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The third-largest church building in the world, the cathedral in Cologne is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. The Sanssouci Palace 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 centre of Dresden's historic old town is full of stunning baroque architecture home to fine examples such as the Semperoper, Frauenkirche, and Zwinger.
The Jasmund National Park on Rügen Island 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 four large mountain ranges which rise to over 200 meters.
"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.
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 insurance coverage will be void of validity.* more than 450 Locations in Germany