Rent a car in Munich with Europcar
Munich might be famed for a certain beer festival, but there is much more to this southern German city than Oktoberfest. With its wealth of green spaces, modern and traditional museums, Bavarian castles and enormous beer gardens, Munich has more than enough to fill a weekend or even longer.
Choose car hire in Munich to conveniently experience the city as well as the surrounding countryside.
The Europcar car rental experience in Munich
Munich has a number of Europcar stations, located across the city in convenient locations, including at Munich Airport, the train station, and branches in the centre of the city, so you can choose the pick-up point that suits you best.
Munich car hire comes in all shapes and sizes. For small groups, economy car hire is a great choice, with our most popular economy car rentals including the Audi A1 and Volkswagen Polo. Wanting something bigger? The Volkswagen Passat or Renault Megane are great for transporting families or larger parties. Van hire in Munich is also available, for transporting heavier loads around the city or nearby.
Europcar means more flexibility, which is why with Europcar Munich you can rent for days, weeks or even months at a time to suit you.
Driving in Munich
On German roads the maximum speed limit on motorways and dual carriageways is 130 km/h, and 100 km/h on other roads.
In Munich, the speed limit is 50 km/h unless signposted otherwise, and lower in residential areas and around schools.
Parking in the historic centre is difficult due to the narrow streets, pedestrianised areas, one-way roads and limited spaces, and is also increasingly expensive. Choosing car parks or zones outside the centre is the easiest option.
There are no toll charges for private cars on German roads.
Discover Munich and the surrounding area by car
Surrounded by scenic countryside and immense castles, Munich is well placed for great day trips to discover more of the region.
The inspiration for Disneyland, Neuschwanstein (118 kilometres away) is considered one of the most famous German castles. An hour and 40 minutes from Munich, drive or walk to the top where spectacular views of lakes and forest-flecked countryside await you.
Majestic views and outdoor pursuits abound at Walchensee lake (83 kilometres away), with aquamarine waters surrounded by pine trees and rolling hills in this piece of paradise just an hour from Munich. Enjoy hiking, fishing, boating, sailing and swimming in the lake’s clear waters.
Driving onwards from Munich, discover the medieval town of Rothenburg (232 kilometres away), Salzburg (148 kilometres away) or the site of the 1936 Winter Olympics Eckbauerbahn (90 kilometres away, close to the Austrian border).
Built to celebrate the birth of Bavarian heir to the throne Max Emanuel, the Nymphenburg Palace boasts beautiful gardens and interior design to rival many of the grandest palaces in Europe. Only a portion of the building is open to tourists but there is plenty to see and do outdoors, including gondola rides on the central canal during summer months (April to mid-October). Nymphenburg is east of Munich, around a 20-minute drive. There are 450 free parking spaces on site.
The role of Munich in the Nazi movement is remembered at the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. Opened in 1933, Dachau was the first German concentration camp and a model for others across the country. Over 41,500 people were murdered there over a 12-year period. Offering a detailed history of the Third Reich and the social sentiments of the era, Dachau is an evocative site, helping visitors to understand more about this crucial moment in European history. There is parking available, free between November and February and €3 per car during the rest of the year.
Things to see in Munich
Munich offers the best of both the past and the present; in culture, architecture, and festivals. Of course, thanks to Oktoberfest, beer drinking is a local pastime and can be enjoyed at Hirschgarten, a beer garden which holds up to 8,000 drinkers.
Soak up some culture at Residenz, with a journey through Bavarian history; or at the modern Museum Brandhorst (€1 entry on Sundays), where the famous Marilyn Monroe portraits by Andy Warhol reside. Enjoy some fresh air in the expansive Englisch Garten - 900-acres of green space, complete with the Grecian-style Monopteros, a lake for swimming and boating, and of course, its own beer garden.