Rent a car in Dresden with Europcar
One of the most visited cities in Germany, other than the capital Berlin, Dresden has a rich past and a colourful future. Particularly known for its stunning Baroque and Rococo architecture, rebuilt after the 1945 bombing that devastated the city. Today, these impressive royal buildings mix with top tech startups in the business district nicknamed ‘Silicon Saxony’.
The strong Slavic roots are due to its proximity to the Czech Republic border. Car hire in Dresden gives you the chance to tour the surrounding countryside and visit neighbouring towns including Leipzig and Bautzen.
The Europcar car rental experience in Dresden
Europcar Dresden has 6 useful locations for you to pick up car hire. From Dresden Airport to the local railway station, and a 24-hour station in the city, there is sure to be a place that suits your arrival.
Looking for compact but comfortable car hire? Check out our most popular economy car rentals including the Audi A1 or Smart ForFour. After something bigger? The Mercedes Benz A Klasse and Renault Clio Kombi are great for transporting families or larger parties.
Moving heavier loads around Dresden? Europcar specialises in van hire, too.
We pride ourselves on flexibility, which is why with Europcar Dresden you can rent for days, weeks, or even months at a time.
Driving in Dresden
You can rent a car with a driving licence from EU and EEA countries. International driving licences are accepted but not legally required.
On-street paid parking applies from Monday to Sunday between 8am to 8pm. There is no time restrictions to parking in Dresden, either on-street or in car parks. Free parking is possible on the outskirts of the city.
In Dresden itself the speed limit is 50 km/h, whereas on motorways and dual carriageways it is 130 km/h. The speed limit is 100 km/h on other roads. This lowers even throughout residential areas and around schools.
Often foreigners have the illusion that the Autobahn means no speed limits. These myths are untrue, and if caught speeding on any road in Germany there are heavy fines to pay.
The low emission ‘umweltzone’ that exists in many German city centres, does not apply in Dresden.
On German roads there are no toll charges for private cars.
Discover Dresden and surroundings by car
Dresden is surrounded by lush countryside which holds some great sightseeing opportunities by car. Germany has a deep watchmaking heritage and Glashütte (30 kilometres) is where to go to see the history and science behind luxury watches. Go behind the scenes at Glashütte Original Manufacturer and see the masterpieces at Glashütte Museum.
With awe-inspiring views, Saxon Switzerland National Park (49 kilometres) is considered one of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe. The almost mythical jagged rock formations that push from the vegetation below are truly a sight to behold. An ideal place to get into nature, there is over 400 km² of easy to follow hiking trails, treks, and cycle paths. The Saxon Switzerland National Park is an hour from Dresden by car.
Onwards from Dresden why not head over the Czech border to see the quaint thermal town of Teplice (68 kilometres) or spectacular Bohemian Switzerland National Park (55 kilometres).
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Deep in the Klotzsche forest, swing from tree to tree at this landmark climbing park. With 100 different challenges over 9 separate courses, Kletterwald is a top outdoor activity a quick drive from the city. Climb ropes and cross bridges in this Tarzan-like experience, deep in the heart of this conserved woodland. Arriving by car, there is a car park adjacent to the forest which is a 15-minute walk from the climbing centre.
A 15 minute drive over the Elbe River to the north of town, this military museum is a gobsmacking site - outside and inside. The spearhead that thrusts through the building adds a starkly modern element to the stoic building that surrounds it. Rather than a somber history of war victories and medals, the Militärhistorisches Museum has made all efforts to stay current. Emphasising the consequences of war and how global conflicts were started, the centre looks at German battles from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.
Dresden has a regal exterior that hides a core of surprises. Electro dance clubs, eclectic beer gardens, evocative cocktail dens, underground jazz bars - there is enough to occupy several nights on the town. Zwinger palace was built on the orders of Augustus the Strong between 1710 and 1728, who had returned from France inspired by Versailles near Paris. No less than three museums live within its opulent walls. Dresden Zoo also provides a fun day out for families.
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