Auto Europe has over 60 years of experience in the car rental industry with over 20,000 service locations across the planet, making it the ultimate choice for booking your car hire in Germany. This beautiful country has so much to offer you, whether you´re visiting on business, leisure, vacation, or with your family. There is a rich and enticing history to discover, amazing landscapes to explore, as well as the German cuisine, which is an unforgettable culinary experience! We at Auto Europe particularly recommend the breath-taking cathedral in Köln, and the delightful Hofbraühaus in Munich!
You will not be charged a toll for travelling on German Autobahns.
If one wishes to hire a car in Germany, they must be at least eighteen years old and have held their driving license for at least two years. Both parts of your driver´s licence must be presented when you pick up your car. In addition, drivers under 25 years old may be charged a young driver´s fee. Information regarding age and driver´s license requirements can be found on the Terms & Conditions page.
Germany is part of the eurozone, and so the euro is the official currency. The euro replaced the Deutschmark in 1999, three years ahead of Ireland. Cash can be withdrawn from any cash machine or Geldautomat, but you may be charged a transaction fee. If you use your debit or credit card when paying for goods and services, you may also be charged this fee. Some restaurants and shops accept foreign debit cards as a form of payment, but others do not. Similarly, some places in Germany will not accept cash cards at all so it would be wise to keep cash on hand at all times.
Berlin is GMT+1, which makes it one hour ahead of Ireland. Germany also uses Daylight Savings Time, which is in operation from the last Sunday of March until the last Sunday in October, where it returns back to Standard Time.
German is the official language of Germany. However, most of the population, in particular, young people, speak English as well. If you ever find yourself in need of help or directions and are not fluent in the German, there should be someone with a smattering of English who can assist you. You will have more luck finding English-speaking Germans in more densely-populated areas than you would in rural areas.
The electrical voltage in Germany ranges between 220-240 Volts, which is typical in mainland Europe. As opposed to the three-pronged plugs that are generally used in Ireland, Germany uses the two-pronged type C Europlug and the types E and F Schuko. It would be advised that you bring a plug adapter with you to Germany if you wish to use your own appliances.
A visa is not a necessary requirement when travelling to Germany, but you will need to bring a valid passport with you. You should be aware that German police officers are known to ask for your identification at any given time so it would be wise that you keep your passport on your person at all times.
In the case where you require any kind of assistance from the consulate, you can find the Irish Embassy in Berlin. The contact information is listed below:
Embassy of Ireland
+49 (0)30 220 720
+49 (0)30 220 72 110
Opening Hours (by appointment only):
Monday to Friday
Monday to Friday
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Hiring a motorhome is the ideal way to see Germany. The vast network of roads and motorways ensures easy access to all parts of the country, be it the island of Sylt, the Alps or the cities you wish to explore. Great rates and pick-up locations in major cities including Munich, Hamburg, and Berlin, ensure that you will enjoy your motorhome holiday in Germany!