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There are countless reasons to book a trip to Munich – the beer, sausages and sightseeing opportunities to name just a few! Capital of Germany’s Bavaria region, this bustling city is many things at once: a cosmopolitan hub famous for its art and technology, a historic gem filled with architectural wonders, a gateway to the Alps, and – of course – the site of Oktoberfest. Book a trip here and you’ll find plenty to keep you busy, particularly if you hire a car.

Renting a Car at Munich Airport

The main airport serving Munich is Munich International, also known as Franz Josef Strauss International. Located 25 miles northeast of the city centre, this travel hub is home to a number of car hire agencies, including Budget and Hertz. For ease, it’s recommended that you organise your car hire before you arrive (you can do this quickly by using the Expedia search tool). From this airport, the centre of Munich can be reached by car in just 40 minutes.

It’s also possible to hire a car at the smaller airport of Memmingen, but the drive into Munich from here takes longer (usually around 1 hour and 20 minutes).

Renting a Car in Munich

Passengers arriving in the city by train or bus can find a number of car rental agencies scattered across the city centre, with most located close to the popular tourist areas. If you are travelling into the city by train and arriving at Munich Central Station, you will find it particularly convenient to pick up a rental vehicle; agencies such as Hertz, Budget and Europcar all have branches next to this station.

Driving in Munich

Having your own car can be a fantastic asset when visiting Munich since it allows you to explore at your own pace and get out of the centre to tour the more remote attractions. Just be aware that at peak times of day, there is more traffic on the road, so it’s best to drive outside rush hour. Munich also makes the parking situation a little more hassle-free, by providing park and ride car parks on the outskirts of the city, enabling you to leave your car and take public transport.

Driving Routes Out of Munich

Once you have arrived in Munich, you’ll want to check out the city centre and visit attractions such as the 14th-century Old Town Hall, the Münchner Stadtmuseum, the Hofgarten and the Munich Residenz.

However, if you’re keen to make the most of your rental vehicle, you’ll want to get out of the city, too. For the Dachau concentration camp, head northwest on the B304. For Augsburg, home of the 11th-century St Mary’s Cathedral, head northwest on the A8. To reach the Alps, you’ll want to drive south on the A95 to the ski resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and for the fairy-tale castle of Neuschwanstein, drive south on the A95 until you reach the market town of Murnau am Staffelsee, and then head west to Schwangau.

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