Car hire in Frankfurt
The Gateway to GermanyGermany’s business capital is conveniently situated at the intersection of the country's major motorways. Once you’re tired of the avant-garde skyscrapers and beautifully maintained old buildings, make this your base for exploring the rest of the country. Book now
A car hire service for business or leisure
Whether you're coming here for a business trip, city break or family holiday, our car hire branches across the city are at your service. We offer a wide range of vehicles to suit every purpose, and with optional extras such as satellite navigation and winter products, we'll ensure you’re firmly in the driving seat.
Out and about FrankfurtThe obvious place to start is at the top. Appreciate the unique skyline from afar from the Main river bridges. Some of the tallest buildings in Europe are concentrated here in a relatively small area. This has lent the city its nickname of Mainhattan.
The Main Tower is open to the public and has a viewing platform at 200 metres offering great views of the city and the surrounding area. On the ground, the hexagonal building with the neon Euro sculpture outside is the European Central Bank.
Standing in stark contrast is the old town. It was partially destroyed during World War II but several of the buildings have been restored. Make your entrance at Römerberg, the central square. The most impressive sights include the Römer town hall and the Bridge of Sighs, the Ostzeile half-timbered houses and the gothic Alte Nikolaikirche.
The Museum Riverbank is symbolic of the city's reputation as the national city of the arts. You'll find the Städel Museum, the German Architecture Museum, the German Film Museum, and the Jewish Museum, to name but a few. The Historisches Museum in the old town covers the history of Frankfurt. It displays several models of the city at various periods in its history. At the end of April each year the Long Night of Museums - sees over 50 museums open their doors until the early hours. A complimentary shuttle bus takes you to the establishments that are further afield.
The city is also the venue of some of the world's most important trade shows. The Auto Show is one of the largest of its kind in the world. It is held every other year in September. The Book Fair is the world’s biggest and most important book and media fair. It is held in October, lasts for five days, and attracts visitors and exhibitors from across the globe.
Beyond FrankfurtYou are in the perfect spot for getting out and discovering the whole of Germany. Just jump on the right motorway, and you’re on your way.
There's Mainz, with its well-preserved old city, and the historic spa city of Wiesbaden to the southwest. To the south lies Darmstadt with its picturesque old town and art nouveau architecture. Some 40 minutes beyond takes you to the splendid city of Heidelberg. It is home to the oldest university in Germany as well as a baroque old town and its world-famous castle ruins. Head out west and you’ll come to Würzburg. The Würzburg Residence is a World Heritage Site, and there are over 100 churches in various styles scattered across the city.
There are plenty of nearby hiking opportunities too. It's just a 20-minute drive to Königstein im Taunus on the wooded slopes of the Taunus hills. After a long hike, come back to relax in the spas of this state-approved health resort. The Vogelsberg mountains are just over an hour's drive northwards. There is an extinct volcano, which is the largest in Central Europe. The excellent hiking trails take in basalt formations, forests and traces of past volcanic activity. The Odenwald area, is also just over an hour away - in the opposite direction. It offers natural beauty in the form of dense forests, lakes and rivers. There are also Roman remains and historic castles waiting to be explored.
If you want to discover the rest of the country by car, this is the place to start. The Frankfurter Kreuz near the airport is where the A5 and A3 motorways connect. Take the A5 north to Hanover and Berlin or south to Karlsruhe and across the Swiss border to Basel. Take the A3 east to Nuremberg and west to Düsseldorf and Cologne. German motorways are fast and safe. With Avis car rental, you'll be there in no time.