Rent a car in Hamburg with Europcar
The second largest city in Germany, the proximity of Hamburg to the Danish border gives it a distinct personality. Situated on the River Elbe, the port may be a centre of trade but the soul of Hamburg is distinctly musical and festive.
From the glowing Rathaus to springtime parks and multicultural eateries, Hamburg has lots to offer beneath its industrial facade. Choose car hire with Europcar and navigate the city conveniently and explore the wider region in comfort.
The Europcar car rental experience in Hamburg
Hamburg car hire comes in all shapes and sizes. If you are a small group, economy car hire is a great choice, with our most popular economy car rentals including the Smart ForFour and Volkswagen Polo. The Opel Insignia or Skoda Superb Combi are ideal for transporting families or larger groups of people. And van hire is also available for moving heavier loads with ease.
Driving in Hamburg
The maximum speed limits on German roads are 130 km/h on motorways and dual carriageways and 100 km/h on other roads. Throughout Hamburg the speed limit is 50 km/h unless signposted otherwise, and is reduced in residential areas and around schools.
On-street parking in Hamburg is time-limited, while car parks have no time restrictions. Paid parking applies daily from 9am to 8pm, and is found within the centre in the following areas: Wexstrasse, Hopfenmarkt, Alsterterrasse, Burchardplatz, Rödingmarkt, Dovenfleet Süd and on the Johannes-Brahms-Platz. There are free parking zones on the outskirts of the city.
There are no toll charges for private cars on German roads.
Discover Hamburg and the surrounding area by car
Hamburg is surrounded by spectacular towns and scenery, adding another dimension to your time in northern Germany.
An hour and a half by car, Bremen (122 kilometres away) is home to the Bremen Town Musicians from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Beck’s beer, and a beautiful Renaissance Town Hall.
Also known as the city of Seven Lakes, Schwerin (111 kilometres away) has a mythical feel to it. Schwerin Palace, bordered by two lakes and lush woodland, and a plethora of historic buildings and shops all make it more than worth the 1.5 hour drive from Hamburg.
Craving some sea air? The Wadden Sea and its coastline that stretches from the Netherlands to Denmark is definitely worth a trip. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage list it stands as the largest area of mudflats in the world. The sea is accessible from the towns of Büsum (121 kilometres away) or Cuxhaven (125 kilometres away), either side of the Elbe River.
Dedicated to the 5 million people that had to leave Germany for the United States and South America, Auswanderermuseum BallinStadt traces the history of emigration from the city between 1850 and the 1930s. The 2,500 square metre space has multilingual displays, interesting tours, and a genealogical research service. The museum is around four kilometres southeast of the city so travelling there by car is a good option. Free parking is available on site.
The largest model railway in the world, Miniatur Wunderland, is a delightful attraction in the heart of Hamburg. With several sections, including models of Hamburg and its airport (with working planes!), the Alps, Scandinavia and Italy, the detail is mind-boggling. This simultaneously fun and educational attraction is a real hit with children and is a great day out for all the family. If you travel there by car, there are 44 parking spaces available on site for €1 per hour, with on-street parking nearby if these are full.
Other things to see in Hamburg
Water infiltrates many aspects of this maritime city, from the Hafengeburtstag, an annual festival celebrating the port with a funfair and boat parade, to the wave-shaped Elbphilharmonie music hall which sits by the river. The city that helped foster The Beatles, it is no wonder that Hamburg has such a thriving musical culture.
Join the 70,000 people who come to experience the bustling activity of the Fischmarkt in St Pauli every Sunday morning, or scale the 76.3m-high Mahnmal St-Nikolai, once the tallest building in the world, (between 1874 and 1876). The stunning Hamburger Kunsthalle has plenty for art lovers to admire, with its sprawling collection across two buildings.