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The port city of Hamburg is situated near the mouth of the river Elbe in northern Germany, giving it the nickname ‘gateway to the world’. Hamburg was a member of the medieval Hanseatic League and continued to play a central role in international trade in the 19th and 20th centuries, making it into one of Germany’s wealthiest cities and second largest after Berlin. The city features hundreds of canals, lakes, attractive parks, a wide variety of architectural styles, a well-known fish market that sells far more than just fish, and a gloriously seedy red-light district, Reeperbahn.
Hamburg is bordered by the provinces of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein, with a multitude of day trip attractions, which you can best enjoy by getting a rental car at Hamburg Airport.
International flights arrive at
You can also fly in via
Car rental companies are available at both airports. With a car hire at Hamburg Airport, Hamburg’s city centre can be reached in 40 minutes. You can also get a rental car from other locations, such as
Car hire desks at Hamburg Airport are at Arrivals Terminal 2. Check the opening times below. To return your car to the airport, drop it off at the dedicated multi-storey hire car park opposite P5.
There are a number of on-airport car rental providers at Hamburg Airport, the best known ones being
An hour northeast is
Under an hour and a half east, you can visit picturesque
Germans drive on the right-hand side of the road. You must be over 18 to drive in Germany and hold a full driving licence. Licences issued in EU or EEA countries are accepted. Carry your driver’s licence, ID (passport) and proof of insurance at all times.
Carrying a warning triangle and headlamp beam deflectors in the vehicle is compulsory. It is recommended you also carry a first aid kit. It is illegal in Germany to use speed camera detectors, including a GPS device. The speed limit in built-up areas is 62 mph, but there is no speed limit on autobahns.
Look out for the many red-light cameras at intersections in Hamburg, which capture licence plates of cars that drive through red lights. Parking in Hamburg is fairly easy. The city has three parking areas, red, yellow and green, an automated guided parking system and information signs to direct drivers before they reach the centre.