Rent a car to visit Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany's second largest city, is one of the busiest in Europe. It provides vital trade and transport links between Scandinavia and the rest of the continent. Although Hamburg has a choice of public transport systems, the easiest and least stressful way of getting around the city is with convenient, affordable car hire.
Driving and parking in Hamburg
As a busy city, Hamburg's roads are in constant use but on weekdays the flow of traffic is at its most intense from 7am until 9am. There is a further increase from 2pm. Using peer-to-peer car rental avoids further delays of waiting for a traditional car rental vehicle to be delivered or travelling to collect it.
Hamburg's city centre boasts generous numbers of free parking spaces near the city centre although these are quickly occupied during the week. Towards the suburbs there are numerous pay and display machines. In many streets there are also parking meters that have time limits of approximately two hours.
It's easy to find inexpensive, managed car parks throughout Hamburg. Road signs in blue and white indicate where parking is available. The signs are accompanied by a clearly identifiable landmark and an up to date digital display of available spaces.
Business travel in Hamburg
With the centralised Hamburg-Mittel district devoted to finance and commerce, a large number of visitors to Hamburg arrive for business. Peer-to-peer car hire is ideal for driving between your hotel and offices in the city centre. The Messenhallen Exhibition Hall, the Conference Centre and the University are easier to drive to rather than risking delays on public transport.
Even though it is the oldest of Germany's airports, Hamburg Airport is often the busiest. It's situated around 25km from the city centre. The best route to reach the Hamburg-Mittel business area is to head for the B433 followed by the Rothenbaum Chaussee. Driving in light to moderate traffic usually takes up to forty-five minutes. The alternative route along the toll road is almost half the distance but often takes the same amount of time.
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Although there are several museums, one of the most unusual is the Ballinstadt which charts the movement of Germans to the Americas in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Also worth visiting is the Miniatur Wunderland, the most extensive model railway in the world
Your visit might coincide with Hamburg's international Filmfest. Regular sporting events include football and cycling. Hamburg is an ancient city with a blend of architecture from the Neo-Gothic Rathaus to the contemporary, lopsided Marco-Polo-Centre.
Hamburg has always been noted for its range of live music from classical to heavy metal. You will find many clubs and bars in St.Pauli's Reeperbahn. The city's illuminated gardens, landmarks and seasonal Christmas markets create an unforgettable atmosphere.
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