Rent a car in Berlin with Europcar
Berlin's unique combination of sparkle and stamina is bound to mesmerise anyone keen to explore its vibrant culture, modern architecture, world-class restaurants, crazy parties and distinct history.
Berlin and its suburbs span a massive 891 km² - having a hire car really allows you to get around the city with ease as well as seeing the surrounding areas. Berlin is located in the north-east of the country, with Dresden nearby.
The Europcar car rental experience in Berlin
There are lots of rental stations across Berlin including pick up points at Berlin Tegel Airport and another in the Charlottenburg district. Europcar guarantees flexibility for your journey, allowing you to pick up and drop off your rental car at different stations.
Berlin car hire comes in all shapes and sizes. If travelling in a small group, economy car hire is a great choice. Our most popular economy car rentals include the Audi A1 and Volkswagen Polo. Need something bigger? Volkswagen Passat or Renault Megane are great choices for families or larger parties.
We pride ourselves on flexibility, which is why with Europcar Berlin you can rent for days, weeks or even months at a time.
Driving in Berlin
Berlin is located close to key motorways, making it is easy to access by car. On German roads, the maximum speed limit on motorways and dual carriageways is 130 km/h, and 100 km/h on other roads. On all other road types the speed limit is 50 km/h unless signposted otherwise, and is reduced in residential areas and around schools.
The tram system in Berlin is the third largest in the world, with 22 lines. Unlike cars, you must overtake trams on the right, unless there is not enough room to pass, in which case you can overtake on the left. Watch out for passengers getting on or off trams.
Cycling in the city is also very popular, so be aware of cyclists - especially when cycle paths merge onto the carriageway.
There are several underground parking facilities where you can park for 24 hours or more. Berlin has several free parking areas outside of the city centre.
There are no toll charges for private cars on German roads.
Discover Berlin and surroundings by car
There are five immense museums on Museum Island (Museumsinsel), including Pergamonmuseum where visitors can view the remarkable Ishtar Gate, and the Neues Museum, where the famous bust of the Ancient Egyptian queen Nefertiti is the showpiece exhibit.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, a 1.3 kilometre stretch of it was turned into a blank sheet for artists. Today, East Side Gallery stands as the largest outdoor mural in the world, with over 100 paintings from international and local artists - a vivid insight into the political and cultural history of Berlin.
A Holocaust Memorial spanning 19,000 square metres is made up of 2,711 concrete blocks and was built in commemoration of the 3 million Jewish Holocaust victims murdered during the Second World War.
Fancy a change of scenery? There are some memorable day trips to be had around Berlin. Tropical Islands Resort (72 kilometres away) is the largest indoor pool in Europe. Check out the spa, sauna, water slides, and a lagoon area complete with waterfalls. Tropical Islands Resort is an hour by car from Berlin.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Spreewald National Park (69 kilometres away) is a beautiful getaway just an hour and a half from Berlin by car. Enjoy the lakes and canals of the River Spree in this peaceful biosphere reserve.
On from Berlin by car, Leipzig (190 kilometres away) and Hanover (287 kilometres away) are within easy driving distance.
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As a city with a rich and complicated history, Berlin is a fascinating place to learn more about. Be sure to spend a day at Museum Island, an amazing complex boasting five of the city's most prominent museums. A trip to the Jewish Museum is another enlightening experience, as is a walk through the Holocaust Memorial.
Use your Berlin car hire to take a trip along the S-Bahn to the south-west of Charlottenburg and discover the fairy tale aura of Grunewald Forest. Pack a picnic for a tranquil afternoon or book a tour to climb the manmade hill and find great views over the woodland. Or, why not head to the spa town of Bad Saarow or enjoy the clear water of lake Liepnitzsee? The choice is yours.
No matter why you're traveling to Berlin, you can count on our fleet of new hire cars to get you there in comfort.
Whether you're looking for a small or medium car, an MPV or roomy family car, a luxury vehicle or an automatic, our friendly staff at our Berlin branches can assist you. Book your vehicle online with Europcar today.
Built by Friederich III in 1699 as a summer palace for his wife Sophie Charlotte, this regal estate, the largest palace in Berlin, is framed by a baroque-style garden. The ornate building is filled with lavish apartments, beautifully decorated and displaying paintings from French Masters. The Ceremonial Halls and Golden Room with green marble and Rococo features are stunning. Make sure you visit the Neuer Pavillon (the summer retreat), Mausoleum and the private rooms of Friederich the Great. To get the most out of your trip, buy the charlottenburg+ ticket, which gives you access to all the museums and sites in the palace grounds. Parking is available at Schloss Charlottenburg, which is located in the western district of Charlottenburg, close to the river Spree.
Situated to the south of town, near Gorlitzer Park, Markthalle Neun has evolved into one of the biggest foodie venues in the city. Filled with local restaurateurs serving up global street food, the best time to visit is on Street Food Thursdays from 5pm-10pm. There is no better place to eat your way around the world. Markthalle also hosts a farmers market on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Berlin offers a mix of historic and modern culture. The backdrop to famous films, revolutionary moments in European history, and a stage for Bowie, the city has witnessed some truly iconic events. Visit the Friedrichshain neighbourhood to see the Berlin Wall and hang out in hipster warehouses, or the Kreuzberg district with its boho cafés and street art. While in Berlin, sample traditional German food like the ‘Berliner’ hot dog, and of course the famous beer taverns. The nightlife in the city is rightly legendary – from dance temples to underground clubs, whatever your mood, Berlin has a party to suit.
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