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Basic info and car hire in Hamburg

When you get car hire in Hamburg, you will need some necessary information to get you started. We listed some of the data you will need here in one handy place to help you out! The perfect trip is all in the planning, after all.

Location: Hamburg is in the North of Germany, bordered by Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony.

Population: 1,822,445

Official language: German

Currency: The Euro (€)

Weather: Summers have been unseasonably hot the last few years, reaching temperatures upwards of 40 degrees Celsius in summer. In winter it is wet, often cold and snowing. You can find up-to-date Hamburg weather information here.

Public holidays in Hamburg: New Year’s Day: 1st January, Good Friday: 19th April, Easter: 1st April, Easter Monday: 22nd April, Labour Day: 1st May, Ascension Day: 30th May, Whit Monday: 10th June, German Unity Day: 3rd October, Reformation Day: 31st October, Christmas Day: 25th December, 2nd Day of Christmas: 26th December. Easter times will change in line with the church.

Internet coverage: 17 Mbps per second, able to reach 20 at quiet times, free 4G around the city.

Road conditions: Maintained by the German government, who is known for building great roads.

About Hamburg

Hamburg in Germany is a popular destination for city respite. Tourists come from all over Europe looking for the best car hire deals in Hamburg for their four-day-weekend, and we are happy to oblige! We provide the best Hamburg car hire for you so that you can get out and about to see those sights. 

Hamburg is the second biggest city in Germany, housing more than five million people. It is one of the largest ten cities in the EU and is a ‘Free Imperial City’ dating back to the times of the Roman Empire. When people want to visit Germany but don’t want to be bombarded with wartime artifacts like they might find in Berlin; then Hamburg is an excellent choice.

So, if you are planning on visiting this gorgeous German city then look no further for the best car hire deals in Hamburg. We have them. We also have all the information you will need to drive those German roads safely.

 

Driving in Hamburg

If you are planning on driving a Casablanca car hire vehicle around the city, then there is some vital information you may be lacking. What age do you need to be to drive in Germany? Do you need an International Driving Permit? 

Don’t panic! As ever we have put all of this information into one single location for your convenience. Read on for everything you should know before you buy car hire in Hamburg.

  • Age limits: Although the legal driving age is 18, you must usually be over 25 to rent a hire car. Some companies will rent a vehicle to younger road users as long as they pay a surcharge or deposit.
  • International Driving Permit: You can use your full valid license from elsewhere for six months. After this, you will need an International Driver's Permit. 
  • Additional papers: You must keep your license, your vehicle registration documents, proof of ID, and proof of insurance on you when driving. Your car hire firm in Hamburg will provide you with the right documentation to present to the police if you are questioned.
  • Additional requirements: Safety vests must be kept in the car for each occupant. You must always wear a seatbelt—no talking on your mobile phone while driving.
  • Children in the car: Children under 12 or less than 1.5m in height are required to use a booster or safety seat as outlined by law. It is the driver's responsibility to make sure all children are restrained.
  • Driving side of the road: Germany drives on the right-hand side of the road, with overtaking on the left.
  • Lights: Headlamp beam deflectors are required to be kept in your car at all times. Germany operates the European traffic light system.
  • General speed limits: On the Autobahn, 130 km/h is recommended, but there are no real limits. On open country roads, 80 km/h is accepted. I urban areas this drops down to 50 km/h.
  • Parking suggestions: Metered parking is available throughout the city; free parking is obtainable if you do not mind walking into the city center. Residential parking is protected.

 

Drive your rental car around Hamburg

When you choose to find the best hire car deals in Hamburg, you have some locations in mind that you would like to see. Just in case you don't we summarised some of the best places within driving distance of Hamburg, as voted by our customers.

Hamburg sits on an inlet and has many tributaries, so if you follow the sea either north or south, you will come out of the city at the northwestern edge. You can take Autobahn 26 northwest along the coast from there and reach the town of Stade. Further along, you will eventually reach Ottendorf. If you go northeast and then east, you will reach Itzenhoe on autobahn 23. 

Farther east on route 1 you will come to Lubeck, another coastal city popular with tourists. Heading to the southeast will bring you to the Niedersachsische Elbtalaue. Slightly to the north of this, there is a protected World Heritage Biosphere site, and no camping is allowed

What to see in Hamburg

Hamburg has been around since some time in the 7th century, and that means there is a whole load of historical sites for you to drive to once you have found the best car hire deals. Hamburg is home to some modern architecture, a thriving commercial area, and some of the best nightlife in Europe. What to see in Hamburg? Here are some of our customer's top-rated suggestions!

Hamburg has been around since some time in the 7th century, and that means there is a whole load of historical sites for you to drive to once you have found the best car hire deals. Hamburg is home to some modern architecture, a thriving commercial area, and some of the best nightlife in Europe. What to see in Hamburg? Here are some of our customer's top-rated suggestions!

Our favourite spots

Hotels in Hamburg

When you arrive in the city, you are going to want to drive your Hamburg car hire vehicle to the nearest hotel to rest. However, wait! Does your hotel include parking as part of the deal? No? Didn’t you check? Well, now you can. Here are the top four best hotels in Hamburg when you need free parking.

Where to eat, drink and party in Hamburg

What about eating and drinking? If you are in Hamburg for a holiday, you need places that you can party, too. Here are our top four favorite sites to live-it-up in Hamburg.

Major events and festivals

Festivals and events in Hamburg are no laughing matter! The Germans take their duties as hosts very seriously indeed. With that in mind, we put together our top four Hamburg festivals and events that you should see next holiday season.