Rent a car in Mannheim with Europcar
Situated south of Frankfurt, Mannheim is largely known for its industrial prowess. The city that created the first bicycle and three-wheeled car is home to industrial big names such as IBM and Siemens. There is also a vibrant shopping scene on Planken and Breite Straße, beer festivals, and ice cream parlours, with Mannheim being the original home of spaghetti ice cream.
Lying between two rivers, the Rhine and the Neckar, Mannheim’s location in the Rhine Valley gives plenty of opportunities for further exploration. Experience all that Mannheim and its surroundings have to offer with the practicality and comfort of car hire with Europcar.
The Europcar car rental experience in Mannheim
With six Europcar stations in and around Mannheim, you are sure to find a convenient location for picking up your hire car. Branches at the airport, the city railway station and another in the suburb of Weinheim, around 20 minutes from the centre, are our most popular options.
There are several city car hire models available, including the popular Smart ForFour, ideal for navigating small groups around town. Families can choose from larger models including the Volkswagen Golf 7 and Volvo V60. Van hire in Mannheim is also available for moving larger loads around the city.
Europcar means driving your way. You can pick up and drop off your vehicle at different stations, helping you to make the most of your trip. Plus car hire is available for days, weeks or a month at a time, to suit you.
Driving in Mannheim
When you rent a car in Mannheim you will need a valid driver’s licence from your country of residence. International driving licences are accepted but not legally required.
Driving in Mannheim, the speed limit is 50 km/h, unless indicated otherwise, and is lower in residential areas and around schools. On motorways and dual carriageways the speed limit is 130 km/h and on other roads it is 100km/h. It is commonly believed that German autobahns have no speed limits, however this is not true and there can be heavy fines for speeding on any road in Germany.
There are no toll charges for private cars on German roads.
Time-limited on-street parking is confined to the city centre, with charges on weekdays. Spaces on the street are limited but there are also several car parks where you can stay for longer. Free parking can be found on the outskirts of the city.
Discover Mannheim and the surrounding area by car
Just half an hour from Mannheim, the neighbouring city of Heidelberg (26 kilometres away) is a great place to visit. With its ruined hilltop castle looking over the riverside city, this is a very romantic European location. Founded in 1386, Heidelberg University is the oldest university in Germany and well worth a visit.
Under two hours from Mannheim by car is Stuttgart (134 kilometres away), a chic city with fancy restaurants and pretty surrounding woodland. Stuttgart is also home to the Schweinemuseum - the biggest pig museum in the world, with all sorts of piggy paraphernalia.
Frankfurt (84 kilometres away) is one hour north of Mannheim by car. Here, a thriving business hub awaits you, with modern shops and dining options, as well as a vibrant nightlife thanks to its university population.
Things to see in Mannheim
Described as one of the most active cities in Germany, Mannheim has a wealth of sporting venues, billiard halls, mini golf courses and no less than 83 bowling alleys! The 42-hectare Luisenpark is a great place for families to enjoy the outdoors in the heart of the city. In fact, two thirds of the city is made up of green spaces.
Mannheim is filled with cultural offerings, including the Baroque palace, Barockschloss Mannheim; Schloss Museum; Kunsthalle art gallery; the Technomuseum; and the National Theatre.
The Kunsthalle Museum has recently undergone a lavish refurbishment, with the installment of a new 16,000-square metre exhibition space and roof terrace. This cosmopolitan renovation will see rotating exhibitions join the permanent collection which includes Degas, Monet, Edouard Manet, Francis Bacon and Cézanne. Kunsthalle Museum is near the central railway station and you can use the Wasserturm / CCM underground car park if arriving by car.