Car Rental in Hamburg
This information is correct as of August 2015
Hamburg, which calls itself the ‘gateway of the world’, is a fascinating place to visit. It is Germany’s second biggest city, which also has the largest port in the country to date. Hamburg also has an antiquated history, with its prosperity and fame stretching back to the Middle Ages when it joined the Hanseatic League. The harbour and maritime spirit gave rise to various multicultural restaurants and other attractions that make this place exciting and entertaining.
Where to rent a car in Hamburg
Within Hamburg, travellers may find many rental car companies to contact should they need cars for their journey within the city. Most of their offices and service centres are located along the Route 75, Route 4, and Route 5 circuit, while still others can be found in the areas of Wandsbek, Bahernfeld, and Altona. Some car rental companies also placed offices at the airport, so that travellers may access them upon arrival to the city.
One may hire economic vehicles, trucks, and vans, camper vans, and family vehicles, or even limousines, and sports cars, by request. They come in differing prices, but one may expect that the bigger the capacity of the vehicle or the more exclusive the vehicle make is, the more expensive the price comes. Booking can be done in advance through online means or via telephone, with some providing quotations and others having fixed prices. There is a higher tendency that discounts may be provided during advance bookings, so travellers may try their luck and haggle. Travellers may also ask the car hire company to deliver the car/s at the airport if they are arriving that way, or have it ready within the city centre for pick-up.
Some of the car rental companies that serve the city include Hertz, Europcar, Avis, Sixt, Europcar, Enterprise, and Buchbinder Autovermientung. More often than not, bigger car rental companies may be able to provide a wider range of vehicles, while the smaller ones sometimes offer older models coming in competitive prices. It all depends on the preference of the traveller's needs, though.
What to expect when renting a car from Hamburg
Hamburg experiences light to moderate traffic most of the day, with only certain areas experiencing heavy traffic during the morning rush – which is usually between 8:00 and 9:30 in the morning. These areas include the A255, A7/E45, sections of Tarpenbekstrabe 69-71, Martinistrabe, the Breitenfelder Strabe 90, and other touristy or highly-populated areas. Due to the highly-efficient public transport system as well, roads in the area are almost always clear and light, and travellers will not have a problem driving around here. Roadways are properly marked and signs are up everywhere too, and the only things to note and be careful of are other bigger modes of transport such as the trams and the buses that also run within the city.
Getting to your destination
Monckebergstrabe – the area in the central railway station that are actually the streets of Spitaler Strabe and Monckebergstrabe, are mainly shopping areas with the streets leading to the city's town hall. Close by, travellers may also find the Churches of St. Jacobi and St. Petri, two of Hamburg's five main churches, which can also be visited before or after the shopping expedition. Other sites here also feature the Hulbe Haus, which was originally built as an arts and crafts house that date from the beginning of the 20th century. Just about 450 metres from the central Hamburg and the city hall is Monckebergstrabe, easily accessible by foot. Travellers may park their vehicles on the street parking spaces, and walk towards the area. About two blocks away from Monckebergstrabe is Spitaler Strabe, which can also be reached by foot.
Blankenese – Blankenese was once a fishing village on the Elbe to the south-west of Hamburg. It lies in a valley between two of the only ridges in the area that runs straight down to the river. Today, it is an upbeat suburb that is home to a huge concentration of the rich and the elite, with many more millionaires in this area than any other German city. Travellers come here to check out the tiny beaches, the winding and relaxing streets, and the pretty houses – which makes the area a picturesque part of Hamburg. Blankenese can be reached by heading north-east on Plan toward Bergstrabe, and then taking B4 and Elbchaussee to Blankeneser Landstrabe to the destination. The journey should only take 25 minutes and cover 15 kilometres.
Bergedorf – fondly called the “garden of Hamburg”, Begedorf is mainly visited for the Bergedorf Castle, which is the only castle that is still intact within the borders of the city, the shopping arcade, and the observatory, which was built in 1912 and is still in use today. Bergedorf can be reached by taking A255/B4/B75 towards A25 to Curslacker Neuer Deich/Vierlander Brucke. Take exit 5 from the A25, and then continue to Curslacker Neuer Deich all the way to the destination.