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Berlin is the capital city and one of 16 states of Germany. With a population of 3.4 million people, Berlin is Germany's largest city. It is the second most populous city and the eighth most populous urban area in the European Union. Located in northeastern Germany, it is the center of the Berlin-Brandenburg Metropolitan Area, comprising 5 million people from over 190 nations. Geographically embedded in the European Plains, Berlin is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. Around one third of the city's territory is composed of forests, parks, gardens, rivers and lakes.

First documented in the 13th century, Berlin was successively the capital of the Kingdom of Prussia (1701-1918), the German Empire (1871-1918), the Weimar Republic (1919-1933) and the Third Reich (1933-1945). During the 1920s, Berlin was the third largest municipality in the world. After World War II, the city was divided; East Berlin became the capital of East Germany while West Berlin became a West German exclave, surrounded by the Berlin Wall (1961-1989). Following German reunification in 1990, the city regained its status as the capital of all Germany hosting 147 foreign embassies.

Berlin is a major center of culture, politics, media, and science in Europe. Its economy is primarily based on the service sector, encompassing a diverse range of creative industries, media corporations, congress and convention venues. Berlin serves as a continental hub for air and rail transport, and is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the EU. Other industries include optoelectronics, traffic engineering, IT, renewable energy, pharmaceuticals, biomedical engineering, and biotechnology.

The metropolis is home to world-renowned universities, research institutes, sporting events, orchestras, museums and personalities. The urban and historical legacy has made it a popular setting for international film productions. The city is recognized for its festivals, diverse architecture, nightlife, contemporary arts, extensive public transportation networks and a high quality of living. Berlin has evolved into a global focal point for young individuals and artists attracted by a liberal lifestyle and modern zeitgeist.

Berlin has two commercial airports. Tegel International Airport (TXL), the busier, and Schonefeld International Airport (SXF) handled more than 21 million passengers combined in 2008. Together they serve 155 destinations in 48 countries (summer 2009).] Tegel lies within the city limits, whereas Schonefeld handles mainly low-cost-aviation and is situated just outside Berlin's south-eastern border in the state of Brandenburg.

At, In Berlin alone we have many pick up points scattered around the city, including at Airport, downtown, in the suburbs, at major train stations and large hotels. We have pick up points at remote locations throughout the German countryside and 4WDs, minibuses and minivans are also available from some of these pick up points. We welcome clients from all over the world and you are able to obtain a German car rental quotation through our web site in 27 different currencies and 11 languages.

There's nowhere quite like Germany for a self-drive holiday, with its efficient autobahns and lovely scenery. Udrive offers competitive Germany car hire booking facilities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Berlin is the largest city in Germany. Located in the north eastern part of the country, the population is a staggering 3.5 million people. Although we imagine big cities to be nothing but concrete jungles, Berlin has made an effort to be green and this is proven by the many parks, lakes and gardens.

These are also major attractions for any visitors to the area so how would you fare at driving in the large city?
We have put together our rough guide.

Driving in Berlin and The Umwelt Zone
Germans are very sensitive about environment issues. This has a fairly significant consequence for those who commute by car. Why? For a few years, all the largest cities have established special fees for an entry to the centre.

The environmental zone covers those areas of Berlin, which are located around the railway bypass on which the S-Bahn train runs (the so-called “Big Dogs Head”). Environmental zone boundaries, covering the bypass of S-Bahn, are clearly marked: appropriate traffic signs are placed before all the railway bridges and viaducts.

The environmental zone will not be part of the highway on the south of the city, which runs inside the bypass S-Bahn train. Traffic on this section of a motorway will not be subjected to restrictions as the urban motorway ring road is used to go around the zones.

You need a badge to enter the city centre designated as Umwelt Zone and these come in the form of a wind shield sticker.
How much is a badge enabling entry the city centre?
For cars registered in the EU, 29.90 Euro. The fee for not displaying the sticker will cost you 40 euro.

Tips for Driving and Parking in Berlin
In Germany, it is difficult to find parking for free. In Berlin, as well in any other city, there is a well- developed network of paid, public parking areas, access to which is marked already on the bypasses. Just follow the signs.

Guests of hotels and restaurants are in a better situation. Many of them are offered free parking. Some tourists’ spots require a surcharge for a place to park your car, otherwise inform where you can park nearby. Before departing on any trip, use the internet to find parking spaces in that area. This is going to save you a lot of time!

The Speed Limits
In Berlin, almost everyone respects speed limits: the most common- limit is 50 km / h, even when the road consist four roadways. As a result, there is almost no overtaking; thereby driving is a lot easier, and safer.

Useful Words:
If you do not know German, prepare a small sheet with key words and phrases that may be useful when traveling. Here are some suggestions:
Ausfahrt – exit (for example from the highway)
Umleitung – detour
Baustelle – construction
Stau – traffic
Einbahnstraße – one-way street
Parken verboten – no parking area
Parkhaus – Parking
Tankstelle – gas station
Zentrum, Stadtsmitte – city centre

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We rented a car in Berlin through Udrive. It was a good, late model car and everything went smoothly. 

S & J Peters