Car Hire in Munich
There are many agencies for car rentals in Munich. Because it is a large city, you'll find all of the usual international agencies for car hire in Munich, including Enterprise and Budget. These cars can be picked up and dropped off at Munich International Airport (MUC). You can also choose to rent a car in Munich directly at any of the agency locations near the city centre.
The wide range of agencies means that car rental in Munich is not limited. You'll be able to find luxury cars and economy cars with enough space for two to five people.
Car Hire at Munich Airport
To hire a car in Munich at the airport, you will want to head to Hall C of Terminal 1. Here, you will find many options for car hire in Munich, including Argus, Auto Europe, Hertz, and Sixt. The airport is 40 minutes away from downtown Munich. To get there, you'll take the B301 followed by the B471 in Freising to the M3 in Unterföhring. Finally, you'll get on Isarring/B2R in München from M3 and Effnerstraße.
Driving in Munich
When you rent a car in Munich, you'll have the freedom to explore the numerous cultural sites that the city has to offer. It is home to a number of museums, including the Jewish Museum, the BMW Museum, and the Museum of Man and Nature. Additionally, downtown Munich is only a 10-minute drive from the English Garden. This garden is an urban park, and it features a beer garden. The Tierpark Hellabrunn, a nature-style zoo, is also a short 20-minute drive from Munich's city centre.
Driving in the Munich city centre can be a bit slower than some people are used to. The speed limit is 31 mph in built-up areas, and it is 62 mph on more open road.
Parking in Munich
Parking is somewhat limited in the Munich city centre, but it is available on the streets and in designated car parks. To park on the street, it costs 40p per 12 minutes between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. After 7 p.m., the price drops to 10p per 12 minutes. The maximum cost is around £5 per day. The car parks in the city centre range from £1.80 to £3.60 per hour.
There are also P + R car parks just outside the city that range from 85p to £1.20 per day.
Where to Go and What to See in Munich
To hire a car in Munich is to give yourself access to some of the less-accessible cultural sites that surround the city. One such site is the Herrenchiemsee New Palace, an hour away from Munich. This palace, near the Austrian border, is home to a prestigious museum. It is also near the Frauenchiemsee Monastery as well as the castles of King Ludwig II of Bavaria.
You might also decide to see Weltenburg Abbey, an hour and 15 minutes north of Munich. This historic brewery offers a traditional Bavarian menu and some of the best Dunkel beer in the world.