Magical white disney neuschwanstein castle in a green forest on a sunny day

The best day trips in Munich, Germany by rental car

The best day trips from Munich, Germany by rental car.

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Summary (the distance is one way) :

Munich to the Neuschwanstein Castle- 110 kilometers (70 miles)📍  

Munich to Salzburg and The Eagle’s Nest- 180 kilometers (110 miles)📍

Munich to Nuremberg- 170 kilometers (105 miles)📍

Munich to Stuttgart- 230 kilometers (140 miles)📍

Munich to Passau- 190 kilometers (120 miles)📍

880 kilometers (550 miles) in total + returns to Munich

Tags: Travel guide, Day Trips, Germany, Short Distance

Bavaria is considered one of the best places to visit in Europe. Visit fairytale castles, Nazi-hideaway-turned-restaurants, medieval towns and a lot more on the best day trips from Munich.

This travel guide takes you on short day trips from Munich. Alternatively, you can change the itinerary into a single road trip between each milestone. Rentalmoose recommends adding a few days to explore The Black Forest, you won’t regret it!

Planning- Before You Leave

Before setting off on the best day trips from Munich, take a look at some essential information listed below.

When is the best time to visit Southern Germany?

Enjoy the hottest weather when you visit during the Summer. Keep in mind, however, that the tourist season peaks in the heart of Summer (July through August). During that time, some attractions might get overcrowded. If you go during the “shoulder season” before or after the Summer, you may be able to catch the best weather without the hordes of tourists.

Trip Extensions

Munich is only a few hours away from the picturesque Black Forest, one of the most underrated travel destinations within Germany. Extend your trip and drive through the scenic Black Forest High Road, wander around the ruins of a monastery and observe the tallest waterfall in the country, before heading off to Switzerland. Click here for the guide.

You can also head south into the Swiss Alps and explore the glorious mountains, drive up to the top of Europe or ski in the world’s most prestigious resorts. Check out the Swiss Alps Travel guide and plan your ideal road trip.

Why should I book a rental car in Germany?

Germany, especially the southern part of the country, is absolutely perfect to be discovered via a rental car. The toll-free German highway network (Autobahn) is very well-developed and maintained. What’s more, spectacular roadside views are guaranteed around Neuschwanstein, Salzburg and the Eagle’s Nest.

Germany and Austria are both members of the open-borer Schengen zone, therefore border crossing is quick and hassle-free. When driving in Austria, you are required to have a highway vignette. The routes suggested in this guide avoid highways in Austria. In this case, a vignette is not necessary.

For extra peace of mind during your road trip, Rentalmoose recommends adding excess coverage when booking your rental car. Once you’ve picked up the car, don’t forget to take photos of the car to qualify for a 50% discount from the excess coverage fee.

Can tourists drive in Germany? 

Absolutely! Tourists above the age of 18 can freely drive using a foreign driver’s license for up to 6 months, without the need for an International Driving Permit.

When driving on the German Autobahn, remember to stick to the right lane unless overtaking. Some segments of the Autobahn have no speed limits, it is especially crucial not to block the overtaking lanes on unrestricted segments.

Speed limits are enforced quite strictly in Germany. You may come across well-hidden radars, especially in urban zones. Pay attention to road signs at all times and stay within the limit.

If you do happen to get a speeding ticket, you will be pleased to hear that the fines are rather low.

Getting caught at 11-15km/h (6.8-9.3 MPH) above the limit outside of urban zones will result in a 40 Euro ticket.

Germany, as well as Austria, have right-hand side traffic.

Now that you’re all set, let’s dive into the best day trips in Munich!

Munich

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Photography by Ian Kelsall.

This adventure begins in one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. The picturesque city is loved by tourists for its medieval architecture, rich history, plentiful cultural venues, and various outdoor activities. Football fans are in for a treat, as Munich is home to FC Bayern. 

This city will serve as the base for your day trips from Munich. Make sure you explore the fascinating city first, before setting off on Munich day trips.

For maximum convenience, Rentalmoose recommends picking up your rental car directly from Munich Airport, Munich Hauptbahnhof Train Station, or the central bus station. Browse through rental companies that support airport pick-up via Rentalmoose.

Don’t forget to take check-in photos using the Rentalmoose app once you’ve picked up your rental car to qualify for a 50% rebate from the excess coverage fee. 

Is Munich worth visiting?

Absolutely! Munich is a fascinating historic city that is filled with attractions for history lovers, art aficionados, foodies, photographers and shoppers of all kinds. Also, don’t forget the region’s football culture and intense matches that take place at the world-class Allianz Arena.

When in Munich, you can’t skip a visit to the Marienplatz, a historic square that has been the heart of the city since the 1100s. Admire the golden statue of the Virgin Mary in the middle of the square or grab a coffee at one of the local cafes. Stroll around the area and feel the real medieval vibe.

Foodies should definitely head to the Viktualienmarkt just a walk away from the main square. The former farmer’s market has been around for hundreds of years and has all sorts of deliciousness in store for you, ranging from local Bavarian specialties to exotic fruit.

The market operates between Monday and Saturday from 10 AM onwards. Closed on Sundays.

When visiting Marienplatz and its surroundings, it’s best to drop off your rental car at one of the spacious multi-story car parks located just a short walk away from the heart of the city.

Rates vary between 2 and 6 Euros per hour.

Wandering around the glamorous Munich Residence, the stunning structure was originally built in the 1380s. The vast majority of the residence was destroyed during the Second World War, though it has been carefully reconstructed in the 1980s.

Today, the complex consists of 130 charming rooms and 10 colorful courtyards. Admission costs below 10 EUR per person, tickets can only be purchased by cash or credit card upon entrance.

Oktoberfest

If you’re visiting Munich in the second half of September, be sure to drop by the famous Oktoberfest. The festival is filled with countless food stalls, theme park rides, local souvenir shops, parties, and parades.

Of course, the highlight is beer which is available all over the place. Check for details on the official website.

Experience Bavarian cuisine and hospitality at the Hofbrauehaus. The famous beer hall has been welcoming guests since the late 1500s and is the favorite go-to tavern among locals as well as tourists.

Guests can choose from a variety of local Bavarian dishes and beverages (including non-alcoholic beers).

Rentalmoose order tip: Be sure to try the favorites, such as Pretzels and Wiener Schnitzels.

What are the best hotels in Munich?

Luxury travelers should consider checking into the Mandarin Oriental Munich. The elegant 5-star hotel in the heart of Munich’s Old Town features prestigious rooms and suites, as well as luxurious amenities such as a spa and wellness center and a fine-dining restaurant that offers a mix of exceptional Japanese and Peruvian cuisine.

In the summer, guests can relax at the terrace that offers panoramic views of the area.

Traveling on a tighter budget? The Achat Hotel Muenchen Sued might be the perfect choice for you. The 4-star hotel offers modern, well-equipped rooms as well as a fitness center, a restaurant, and a bar, all at an affordable price tag. A private car park is available for hotel guests.

Once you’ve spent enough time in the city, begin your Munich day trips.

First day trip from Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle, 1 hour 50 minutes

Neuschwanstein Castle

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The Neuschwanstein Castle is a magical structure located less than 2 hours away from the city, making it the perfect destination for a day trip from Munich.

Why is Neuschwanstein Castle famous?

The fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most famous castles in the entire world, commissioned by King Ludwig II in the 19th century. 

King Ludwig II was known for fairytale-like buildings, and the Neuschwanstein Castle remains the most famous structure commissioned by him. The king was meant to live in the castle, but he ended up dying before getting the chance to move in. 

The magical Neuschwanstein Castle has been a symbol of Germany ever since. It even inspired Walt Disney’s fairytale castle found in Disneyland parks.

Admire the castle and its scenic surroundings from the nearby viewpoint, or head to the Skywalk to observe the view from a different perspective.

Afterward, head to the ticket center in the Hohenschwangau village near the castle, as it is the only place to purchase tickets to the Neuschwanstein Castle.

The admission to Neuschwanstein Castle costs below 15 Euros per person, children younger than 18 can enter free of charge. Walk through the castle’s monumental rooms and decorative chambers.

 After a visit to the castle itself, travelers can hike across the monumental mountains surrounding the castle. Hike along the allgaeu hiking trails. Be sure to bring your camera with you, as there will be plenty of scenic viewpoints along the way!

If you’re lucky, you might spot some of the local wildlife too.

Next day trip from Munich: Salzburg, 1 hour 50 minutes

Salzburg & The Eagle’s Nest

salzburg town on two banks of calm river surrounded by alps seen from distant field in snowy winter

Photography by Gerald Lobenwein.

What is Salzburg known for?

After a day of exploration at the Neuschwanstein castle, make your way over to the Austrian border and the picturesque city of Salzburg. The famed city is known for being the birthplace of Mozart, and plenty of attractions in town pay homage to the great composer. 

The drive from Munich to Salzburg takes less than 2 hours one way, consider taking the A94 and then the B20, it will cost you just around 10 more minutes but you will avoid Austrian highway tolls (vignette).

The best place to begin your Salzburg exploration is the Old Town, one of the largest UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites on the planet and one of the best-preserved historic districts in this part of Europe.

Stroll around the busy streets, admire the magnificent baroque and medieval architecture or step inside one of the local cafes for a refreshing coffee. 

The Old Town (Altstadt in German) is the perfect spot to satisfy your shopping needs, too. Head to Getreidegasse, where the picturesque street is lined with stores selling anything from souvenirs and antiques to high-end clothing and jewelry. The area is filled with eateries and cafes, don’t hesitate to visit some of them for a slice of freshly-baked cake or an aromatic tea. 

Parking around Salzburg’s Old Town can be stressful, especially during the weekends when the area gets extremely busy. Rentalmoose recommends dropping off your rental car at this Contipark car park, just a short walk from the heart of town. Most of the city’s best attractions are located within the Altstadt, it’s best to leave your car at the car park and continue exploring on foot.

Stroll around the vibrant Old Town until you reach Mozart’s Residence situated on the Makartplatz. The residence was reconstructed after it had been completely destroyed during World War 2.

Today, Mozart’s Residence is a museum filled with the great composer’s memorabilia, as well as a variety of facts about the artist’s family life and the house itself. A visit is an absolute must, not just for Mozart fans.

Open daily between 9 AM and 5:30 PM.

The Eagle’s Nest

the eagle's nest restaurant and nazi hideout structure at steep mountain top in germany

The Eagle’s Nest photographed by John H.

As your day trip from Munich comes to an end, make a slight detour and visit one of the most unique attractions in the region, located in Germany right next to the Austrian border.

The Eagle’s Nest was constructed as a mountain hideaway during the Third Reich era. The eerie structure has since been turned into a unique restaurant atop the mountain. Indulge in regional German cuisine while admiring breathtaking views of the Alps, or enjoy the cool breeze at the outside terrace.

History fans can book a guided tour around parts of the former Nazi hideaway that are off-limits to restaurant guests.

The Eagle’s Nest strategic location makes it impossible to reach by car. Travelers can either hike up to the building (roughly 2 hours one way) or leave their cars at the Documentation Center car park and take the bus up to the end of the road. From there, walk through an eerie tunnel and take the elevator up to the top.

Private cars can’t go further than the Documentation Center. What’s more, the Eagle’s Nest is seasonal and remains closed in winter. 

Next day trip from Munich: Nuremberg, 2 hours

Nuremberg

nuremberg medieval weinstadel structure next to river and green trees on a hot sunny day in germany

Photography by Bluefish_Japan/Pixabay.com

Did you know that one of the oldest cities in all of Bavaria lies just 2 hours north of Munich? The city’s historical significance dates over 900 years back. It’s a perfect destination for a day trip from Munich.

Is Nuremberg worth visiting?

Most definitely! The charming medieval city was bombed during World War II and has been carefully reconstructed. Today, it looks better than ever. The historic streets are absolutely perfect to get lost in.

Begin by exploring the heart of the city’s historic district. Drop off your rental car at the Hauptmarkt car park (current rates on the website) and explore the area on foot. Get a photo by the Weinstadel (photographed above), a medieval wine warehouse.

Admire the structure’s facade and wander around the area, as the warehouse itself is not open for public viewing.

For a panoramic view of the heart of Nuremberg, walk to the Kaiserburg Castle in the northern part of the Old Town. Apart from stunning views of the area, the 11th-century castle has major historical significance.

The castle used to be one of the most important buildings of the Holy Roman Empire and remains one of the city’s landmarks. Photograph the exterior or step inside for a tour revealing the castle’s fascinating secrets. Current admission costs can be found here.

Bratwurst Roeslein

Foodies will find themselves in paradise in Bratwurst Roeslein, the world’s biggest sausage restaurant located in the heart of Nuremberg’s old town.

The eatery has been serving delicious sausages ever since it first opened in 1431 and remains one of the best spots to get a taste of real Franconian cuisine, both traditional and with a modern twist.

Open daily between noon and 8 PM.

Explore the less-comfortable, infamous part of German history at the Nazi Party Rally Grounds in the southeastern part of Nuremberg. The vast majority of the large complex can be explored by visitors, guests can also gather insight at the exhibition located inside the Documentation Center.

The Rally Grounds serve as a reminder of the horrendous part of German history during World War II.

Next day trip from Munich: Stuttgart, 2 hours 30 minutes

Stuttgart

porsche museum main building modern architecture seen from nearby street at night time

Photography by Gabriele Bendler.

Why should you visit Stuttgart?

Stuttgart is on the bucket list of many tourists as it can be considered the birthplace of the automobile. The city is home to the headquarters and factories of two German automotive tycoons: Mercedes Benz and Porsche. The city also offers a wide array of attractions beyond automobiles. The attractions make Stuttgart perfect for a day trip from Munich.

An absolute must-see in Stuttgart is the famous Mercedes Benz Museum. The museum consists of over 1500 exhibits covering 16 500 square meters in total. Learn about the automobile first invented by Carl Benz in 1886 and the invention’s fascinating journey to the modern era.

The engaging exhibits make the museum an exciting spot worth visiting, not just for die-hard petrolheads.

Continue your journey through automotive history when you visit The Porsche Museum. Although much smaller than the Mercedes Benz Museum, it is just as captivating.

Admire more than 80 iconic Porsche automobiles. Some date all the way back to the 1800s, whilst others are among the rarest in the world.

Porsche enthusiasts (or Porschephiles, if you will), can even book an unforgettable drive in a modern Porsche. Details available here.

Art enthusiasts can’t skip paying a visit to the Staatsgalerie. The gallery first opened in the 1840s and holds some of the best artwork in the entire country. Inside, guests can find temporary exhibitions as well as a permanent collection of pieces by artists such as Salvador Dali, Rembrandt, Picasso or Henri Matisse.

The museum in itself is worth mentioning as well, as the artworks are placed inside a monumental Neoclassical building with a Post-Modern extension added in the 1980s.

Next day trip from Munich: Passau, 2 hours

Passau

passau small old town medieval buildings and white decorative church seen from across river with cruise boats

Photography by Kathian Leviasa.

What to do in Passau?

Passau is a cute historic city situated by three rivers, hence it’s often referred to as “The City of Three Rivers”. Located minutes from the Austrian border, Passau is another perfect day trip from Munich.

The charming town is famous for its architecture, which is a mix of gothic and baroque styles, as well as its stunning natural setting between mountains and on the banks of three rivers.

Drop off your rental car here and stroll around the historic part of town on foot.

Step inside the local Glass Museum, which hosts the world’s largest and most diverse collection of Bohemian glass. Admire the collection all week between 9 AM and 5 PM. Admission costs below 10 Euros per person as of 2020.

Continue wandering around the picturesque heart of Passau until you reach the Cathedral of St Stephen. The monumental baroque church is magnificent both inside and out.

Inside, among the decorative interior and historic artwork, guests can find the largest pipe organ in all of Europe and the second-largest in the world. The instrument is a spectacular sight, consisting of over 17 thousand pipes and is magical to see and hear.

Every day at noon (except Sundays), concerts take place at the cathedral. Consider arriving early to purchase tickets as they are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis, the ticketing booth opens around two hours prior to the concert.

Enjoy a regional lunch at the Wirsthaus Bayerischer Loewe, one of the best local eateries in Passau. The restaurant is located in the heart of the old town and serves delicious German dishes, such as various types of local sausages, Schweinshaxe, Schnitzel and more!

Open daily until midnight, including Sundays.

Once you’ve ticked off all the best day trips from Munich, it’s time head back. For maximum convenience, drop off your rental car directly at the Munich Airport right before leaving. Car rental companies that support airport drop-off can be found via Rentalmoose.

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green hillside vineyards seen from Durbach Castle in Black Forest Germany

Top places to visit in the Black Forest Germany- Schwarzwald by Car

Top places to visit in Black Forest Germany

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Summary (click the red pins for directions) :

Strasbourg to Gengenbach– 40km (25 miles) 📍 

Gengenbach to Baden-Baden– 61km (38 miles) 📍

Baden-Baden to Allerheiligen Waterfalls– 45km (28 miles) 📍

Allerheiligen Waterfalls to Triberg Waterfalls– 69km (43 miles) 📍

Triberg Waterfalls to Hexenloch Mill– 23km (14 miles) 📍

Hexenloch Mill to Freiburg– 87km (54 miles) 📍

Freiburg to Basel– 70km (43 miles) 📍

Basel to Zurich– 87km (54 miles) 📍

440km (273 miles) total

Tags: Travel guide, Drop-off at another location, Germany, Schwarzwald

This travel guide takes you on a road trip starting in Strasbourg, France, going across the Black Forest region before finishing in Zurich, Switzerland. The scenic drive can be completed in less than 7 and a half hours and is divided into short segments roughly an hour each.

The recommended duration of this road trip is 2 days, with about 3 hours of driving per day. 

Planning- Before You Leave

Before setting off to explore the Black Forest in Germany, take a look at some of the essential information listed below.

What is the Black Forest? 

The Black Forest (Schwarzwald in German) is an incredible mountainous forest in Baden Württemberg in southwestern Germany. Schwarzwald is the setting of most Grimm Brothers tales and is famous for the Black Forest Cake, a local delicacy.

The Black Forest has various attractions waiting to be explored, from picturesque forests, mountains and waterfalls through to vineyards and cute historical villages with delightful local cuisine.

Best of all, this region isn’t ruined by over-tourism, so it’s the perfect place to discover an authentic part of Germany.

How did the Black Forest get its name?

 The Black Forest got its name during the times of Ancient Rome. Romans referred to the forest as “Silva Nigra” (the Black Forest in Latin) because of its density and dark color, and the name remained ever since.

Where is the Black Forest in Germany?

Germany’s Black Forest, or Schwarzwald, is located in the south-west part of Germany, in the Baden Württemberg region. Some of the towns in and around the Black Forest include Baden-Baden, Offenburg, or Freiburg im Breisgau.

When is the best time to visit Germany?

 The best time to visit the Black Forest is anytime in Spring (late March to June) and Autumn (September to November), as some of the mountain roads may not be accessible in Winter.

Baden-Baden, the B500 mountain road and Freiburg might get crowded on weekends, so go during the week when it’s much quieter.

Road Trip Extensions

Your trip doesn’t have to end in Zurich! The Black Forest is near two beautiful regions in Germany and Switzerland.

Explore the picturesque region of Bavaria, stroll around the vibrant city of Munich or dine at an old Nazi mountain summit base. Check out the Rentalmoose guide to Munich’s surrounding areas and plan your ideal trip!

Alternatively, you can continue south and discover the monumental Swiss Alps. Indulge in extreme sports in Switzerland‘s most luxurious resort, drive across exciting mountain passes or play a game of golf in Andermatt. Click here for the guide.

Why should I book a rental car in Germany?

 Germany is ideal to be discovered by a rental car. The roads are very well-maintained and stunning views along the way are guaranteed. Many rental companies in Strasbourg support drop-off in a different location, browse through available options on Rentalmoose.

 Germany, France and Switzerland are parts of the open-border Schengen Zone, which means crossing countries is quick and hassle-free.

Germany and France accept foreign driving licenses from most countries, however, if your license isn’t in English, German, French or Italian you are required to have an International Driving Permit when driving in Switzerland. 

For extra peace of mind during your road trip, add the excess coverage provided by Rentalmoose when booking your rental car.

Once you’ve picked up the car, don’t forget to take photos of the car to qualify for a 50% discount from the excess coverage fee.

When driving on the German Autobahn, remember to stick to the right lane unless overtaking. Some segments of the Autobahn have no speed limits, it is especially crucial not to block the overtaking lanes on unrestricted segments.

Speed limits are enforced quite strictly in Germany. You may come across well-hidden radars, especially in urban zones. Pay attention to road signs at all times and stay within the limit.

If you do happen to get a speeding ticket, you will be pleased to hear that the fines are rather low. Getting caught at 11-15km/h (6.8-9.3 MPH) above the limit outside of urban zones will result in a 40 Euro ticket.

 All 3 nations have right-hand side traffic.

Now that you’re all set, it’s time to begin your road trip and explore the Black Forest!

Strasbourg

strasbourg medieval old town traditional wooden and white buildings near calm rhein river and yellow trees in france. See Strasbourg during our Black forest Germany road trip itinerary.

Strasbourg’s old town.

Your Black Forest itinerary begins over in the French town of Strasbourg. Rentalmoose recommends picking up your rental car directly as you arrive at the airport.

Getting around town is very comfortable by car, as there isn’t heavy traffic, so feel free to explore the city before continuing on to Germany.

What to do in Strasbourg?

Notre Dame Cathedral

 A must-see is the famous old town, where you will find the monumental Notre Dame Cathedral. You can go inside, visit the beautiful astronomical clock and admire the views from the viewing point for 2 and 4.6 Euros respectively.

You can park at Parking des Bateliers, just a short walk from the cathedral.

Le Gruber

 Head over to Le Gruber (click for directions), one of the best restaurants in Strasbourg, where you can try some local specialties such as tarte flambée.

Rentalmoose order tip: Be sure to try Tarte Flambee when in Strasbourg. This traditional pizza-like flatbread is a regional specialty.

Batorama Boat Tours

Afterward, take a short walk to the pier and take one of the sightseeing boat tours through the city. Cruises are operated multiple times a day by Batorama, with tickets starting at 13.5 Euros per person.

Marche de L’Esplanade

 If you happen to be in Strasbourg on a Tuesday or Saturday morning, visit Marché de l’Esplanade, a traditional French market with various local vendors and producers.

Next: Gengenbach, 40 minutes

Gengenbach

gengenbach medieval city center traditional bavarian wooden bright buildings small square people on benches on a clear sunny day in germany

The medieval town of Gengenbach.

Cross the Rhine river into Germany and continue past Offenburg towards the fairytale-like town of Gengenbach. Don’t be fooled by the size of this town, its history dates back to the 13th century despite having just 11000 inhabitants!

Drive towards the center and continue to explore it on foot, there are a couple of car parks along Friedrichstrasse.

Why should you visit Gegenbach?

 The biggest surprise in Gengenbach is the absence of any tourists, this town is a true hidden gem! Stroll around and admire the historical architecture, step inside any of the local cafes for a slice of Black Forest Cake, after all this is what the Black Forest is famous for. 

Gegenbach Wine Festival

 If you are planning to visit Gengenbach in Autumn, you can attend the annual wine festival, which takes place on the third weekend of September every year.

Next: Baden-Baden, 40 minutes

Baden-Baden

baden baden walking street colorful bright storefronts and restaurants street performer playing the guitar on a clear sunny day in germany

Baden-Baden’s colourful old town.

 After a 40 minute drive on the Autobahn, you will arrive in Baden-Baden, one of the best-known spa towns in the entire world. There are plenty of things to do in Baden-Baden, such as a relaxing session in a thermal bath or shopping in the old town.

What should I see in Baden-Baden?

Lichtentaler Allee

 You can begin by exploring Lichtentaler Allee, a lovely park in the heart of the city. The park is over 2 kilometers long, making it perfect for a relaxing stroll.

There is a multi-story car park conveniently located inside a shopping gallery just across the south end of the park (click for directions). 

The Old Town

 Continue walking south until you reach the famous Baden-Baden Casino, then turn east and you will find vivid old town streets full of colorful restaurants, cafes and all kinds of stores to satisfy your shopping needs.

Caracalla Spa

 If you wish to relax during your stay in Baden-Baden, why not try what the city is known for? Pay a visit to Caracalla Spa, a spa and wellness center offering thermal pools and plenty of different treatments.

Ticket prices start at 15 Euros for 90 minutes in the Spa area. Caracalla Spa is open daily from 8 AM to 10 PM.

Next: Allerheiligen Waterfalls, 50 minutes

Allerheiligen Waterfalls

man walking up path next to allerheiligen waterfalls in germany surrounded by tall mountains and dense forest. See Allerheiligen waterfalls during our Black Forest Road Trip itinerary.

The trail following Allerheiligen Waterfalls.

The Black Forest High Road- one of the best drives in Europe

 This part of the road trip begins as soon as you set off from Baden-Baden. Leave the city and follow the B500 up into the mountains.

You will drive along the Schwarzwaldhochstrasse (The Black Forest High Road), one of the best driving roads in all of Europe. This mountain pass goes through the middle of the Black Forest and is very popular among motorcyclists and car enthusiasts.

Be sure to fill up your tank before leaving Baden-Baden, as there aren’t many gas stations later on.

How to find the Allerheiligen Waterfalls?

 You can stop at one of the numerous viewpoints along the way to enjoy the panoramic views from above, before arriving at Allerheiligen Waterfalls (All Saints Waterfalls).

You can choose to explore the waterfalls starting at the bottom and hiking along the trail up the mountain, or starting directly at the top near the monastery ruins.

There is a large car park along the B500 near the bottom of the waterfalls (how to find it).

 You will see the first waterfall after a couple of minutes of walking, the entire trail is rather steep and lengthy so be prepared to hike for a bit if you want to see all of the waterfalls.

Allerheiligen Monastery Ruins

 At the end of the trail (1.3 km length), there are ruins of the Allerheiligen Monastery. You can regain energy at All Saints Abbey, a restaurant next to the Monastery ruins. 

The top of the waterfalls, along with All Saints Monastery ruins, can also be accessed by car. Simply park at the spacious Allerheiligen Oberer car park (how to find it).

Next: Triberg Waterfalls, 1 hour 30 minutes

Triberg Waterfalls

walking tourist path over triberg waterfalls the tallest waterfalls in germany

Triberg Waterfalls seen from the bottom of the trail.

 Follow the hairpins along the B500, B28, and B33 for another 90 minutes until you reach the town of Triberg. Access to Triberg Waterfalls is not free of charge, unlike the Allerheiligen.

You can park at Scheffelplatz, where you will need to purchase admission tickets. Entry costs 5 Euros per person but it is definitely worth it.

Triberg- the highest waterfall in Germany

 The spectacular waterfall is over 160 meters tall, making it the highest in the country. The water is illuminated until 10 pm daily, it is a truly spectacular sight even after nightfall.

You can head into the village of Triberg for a snack or another slice of the delicious Black Forest Cake, just minutes away from the car park.

Next: Hexenloch Mill, 30 minutes

Hexenloch Mill

motorcycles parked in front of wooden hexenlochmuhle building restaurant famous in black forest germany

The Hexenloch Mill is a favorite lunch spot among bikers and car enthusiasts passing through the Black Forest High Road.

What is the Hexenloch Mill?

 The Hexenloch Mill (Hexenlochmühle) is yet another hidden gem you should visit in the Black Forest. The structure was built in the early 1800s and is currently the go-to food spot in the region.

This atmospheric restaurant loved by locals and tourists, it offers authentic, mouth-watering dishes. Grab a seat at one of the outdoor tables and enjoy some German specialties like sausages (Bratwurst) or a pork Schnitzel.

Rentalmoose order tip: In Germany, you can’t go wrong with a fresh Bratwurst (German Sausage) or a juicy Schnitzel (porkchop).

 There is also a gift shop inside where you can stock up on souvenirs after your meal.

 The Hexenloch Mill is open from Friday to Tuesday until 6 pm.

Next: Freiburg, 40 minutes

Freiburg im Breisgau

red white and orange traditional medieval buildings in freiburg germany

Freiburg’s reconstructed old town. Photography by Couleur from Pixabay.

Follow the final stretch of the B500 and continue along beautiful vineyards until you reach the city of Freiburg im Breisgau. Drive into the city center and park at the Karlsbau. Just a few steps away, you will find the impressive Freiburg Minster (click for directions).

The Freiburg Minster

 The Freiburg Minster is 116 meters tall, so it is impossible to miss. View the immense facade or take a peek inside, where you can climb up to a viewing point atop the tower and get the best views of the city.

The cathedral stands in the middle of the glamorous Münsterplatz square, which is another spot worth a visit while in Freiburg.

The Old Town

Freiburg im Breisgau’s old town has been carefully reconstructed after the Second World War which had left it in tragic shape, however, this is certainly not the case anymore. Walking through the heart of Freiburg will make you feel as if you’ve traveled back to Medieval times, thanks to many historical monuments and cobblestone roads.

The Local Market

 You can also attend the local market that trades in the city centre every morning except Sundays. Go to one of the butchers and try Black Forest Ham, another specialty from this region of Germany.

 Where to stay in Freiburg im Breisgau?

 In order to feel the medieval vibe, Rentalmoose recommends spending the night at the Oberkirch Hotel, situated right at the foot of the Minster. Perfect location and historical decor make this my favorite hotel in Freiburg. The rooms start at 89 Euros per night.

 A cheaper alternative would be the Ibis Budget Hotel around 5km away from the city center, where rooms start at 40 Euros per night. [Click to check availability]

Next: Basel, 1 hour

Basel

basel's old town medieval traditional architecture buildings seen from across bridge on the other side of river during sunset in switzerland

Basel’s iconic historical district with the Rhine in the foreground. Photography by Skeeze from Pixabay.

 The route from Freiburg to Basel is nowhere near as exciting as the B500, though it is also unique for tourists from other countries. Drive onto the A5 Autobahn and continue south. 

 German highways (Autobahn) are famous around the world for their unrestricted segments. About 70% of the German Autobahn network has no speed limit.

That’s right, as soon as you pass this sign you are allowed to drive as fast as you want. The best part of it all? All Autobahns in Germany are completely free of charge. Keep in mind to stay in the right lane, as the left lane is reserved strictly for overtaking.

 Don’t forget that unrestricted highways only exist in Germany, in Switzerland the motorway speed limit is 120km/h. Furthermore, Switzerland is known for very strict penalties for speeding and improper parking [click for details], so be extra careful not to pass the limit.

Drivers in Switzerland can be fined for going just 1km/h over the speed limit!

Speeding is dangerous as on the highways there are unmarked police cars trying to catch speeders. During the night I was driving around 20 km/h over the limit and police was behind me in a regular looking BMW.

After following me for some time they pulled me over and asked questions. As the penalty policy depends how much you earn I told I was a student and had no income. I got minimum 2500 franks and they didn’t let me go till I paid them directly.

Swiss police is strict and they don’t send you penalties home anymore, on-the-spot payment is required.

 Please note: In Switzerland, a highway vignette is required in order to drive on motorways. An annual vignette costs 40 Swiss Francs and can be purchased directly at the border. Drivers caught without a vignette could get fined 200 Francs. Read more about the highway vignettes in Switzerland here.

 What is the first place you should visit in Basel?

Kunstmuseum

 The Basel Kunstmuseum hosts the largest collection of art in the country, including pieces by Van Gogh, Monet, Rembrandt or Picasso. Admission tickets cost 25 Euros and can be bought online or directly at the entrance [museum website].

Why should you visit Basel’s old town?

Basel’s old town has many historical buildings dating all the way back to the 14th century. Explore the area on foot, your rental car can be parked nearby [click for directions].

Muensterplatz

Both banks of the Rhine river are worth seeing, as well as the iconic Münsterplatz square with the enormous medieval church in the heart of it [click for directions].

The Minster can be admired from the inside as well, entrance costs 5 Euros per person and offers panoramic views from the top of the structure.

Basel Zoo

 For a family-friendly experience, head over to the Basel Zoo. The attraction’s modern approach to enclosures, as well as over 600 different animals, make this a fun, memorable experience in Switzerland’s best and most diverse zoo.

More information can be found on the Zoo’s official website.

Day tickets to the Basel Zoo start at 21 Swiss Francs for adults.

Next: Zurich, 1 hour 10 minutes

Zurich

zurich bridge over river into traditional district old town medieval buildings and historical tall church during sunset

Pretty streets in the heart of Zurich mark the perfect end of this trip. Photographed by Jörg Vieli from Pixabay

The final leg of the journey will take you to one of Switzerland’s most iconic cities; Zurich. Take the A3 motorway directly from Basel to Zurich, you should arrive in just a little over an hour.

What is the best place to eat in Zurich?

Zeughauskeller

 Indulge yourself in the local cuisine at one of Zurich’s top restaurants. I recommend trying out Zeughauskeller in the heart of the city, where you will find specialties such as Rösti or Kanonenputzer.

You can park your car here, within walking distance of Zeughauskeller.

What to do in Zurich?

FIFA World Football Museum

 Football fans will find themselves at home at the FIFA World Football Museum, open between 10AM to 6PM Tuesday-Sunday. Directions can be found here.

Lake Zurich Cruise

 Another interesting experience is going on a cruise on Lake Zurich. Cruises and boat tours depart near the city center, more information on timetables and pricing can be found here.

 Zurich is packed for attractions and points of interest to keep you busy for days! Check out more of our favorites in this blog post, and extend your trip further into the Swiss Alps.

 Drop off your rental car directly at the Zurich airport before leaving, car hire options that support drop-off at a different location can be found on Rentalmoose.

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One of numerous vineyards in the Black Forest.

Berlin to Warsaw by car- Poland Road Trip Itinerary

Discover central Europe- Berlin to Warsaw travel guide. Check out our Poland road trip itinerary!

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Summary (click the red pins for directions) :

Berlin to Poznań- 270km📍 40 PLN Highway Toll (9.1 EUR)

Poznań to Wrocław- 180km📍

Wrocław to Kraków- 270km📍36.2 PLN Highway Toll (8.2 EUR)

Kraków to Warsaw- 300km📍

1 130 kilometers (700 miles) in total

Tags: Travel guide, Poland, Europe, Drop-off at another location

This guide takes you on a road trip through the heart of central Europe. The road trip begins in the capital of Germany, where you will depart east and cross the Oder into Poland. 

Discover the best attractions in Poznań and Wrocław. Get lost in the historic Old Town of Kraków, then take the final stretch to Warsaw and finish with an unforgettable night in the country’s vibrant capital.

Is Poland cheap to travel to?

Though the trip begins in Germany, the majority of the road trip takes you across Poland, which is one of the most affordable countries in the European Union to travel to. 

Poland’s rich history and unique cuisine can be discovered on a tighter budget compared to other countries in the region. For example, lunch in a Polish restaurant will cost you anywhere between 15 and 30zł (3-7 Euro).

Is Poland worth visiting?

Poland is most certainly worth visiting! The country offers a wide selection of attractions, such as:

  •  museums 
  • art galleries 
  • scenic natural beauty
  • authentic restaurants with regional and exotic dishes. 

Combined with a day in Germany, there are even more attractions for all kinds of travelers!

Can tourists drive in Poland?

Yes! Poland, as well as Germany, are both members of the open-border Schengen zone, meaning crossing the borders is quick and hassle-free. 

If your driving license was issued in an EU country, you can drive in Poland and Germany without any limitations. Driving licenses issued in countries that are mentioned in the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic (list here) are valid for 6 months, as long as the driver is over 18.

 If your driving license was issued in a different country, you will have to obtain an International Driving Permit before coming.

The penalties for speeding and other car-related offenses have increased in recent years. Drivers will lose their license for 3 months if they are caught going more than 50km/h above the speed limit in an urban zone, as well as a 500zł (110 EUR) penalty on the spot.

Check out this Rentalmoose guide on driving in Poland to get more useful tips! Learn all about the tolling system, speed limits, and more.

Poland and Germany both have right-hand side traffic.

Are highways in Poland free?

All of the German highways (Autobahns) are completely free to use. In Poland, however, some of the highway segments are paid. The total toll cost for this trip doesn’t surpass 80zł (18.1 euro), and the fees can be paid by cash or credit directly at the highway booths.

What is the best time to visit Poland?

Do you want to explore the region during the hottest summer weather? Visit during peak summer, keeping in mind it is also the peak of the tourist season. 

If you’re looking to avoid large crowds, go on this trip during early autumn (from the 1st of September) or late spring (until 31 May). 

If you want to experience Poland during the Christmas season, explore the colorful Christmas markets in each of the cities and see snow (if you’re lucky), Rentalmoose recommends going in the second half of December.

Now that you’re all set, let’s dive into your Poland road trip itinerary!

Berlin

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Your road trip begins in Berlin, one of the most diverse cities in all of Europe. Pick up your rental car directly from one of the city’s airports, train or coach stations. Numerous car rental companies support drop-off at a different location, you can browse through available options on Rentalmoose

What is Berlin famous for?

The capital of Germany is a vibrant multicultural city known for its rich history, artistic vibe, and crazy nightlife. Discover the city’s modern Europa-Center, the world-class Zoo or choose your favorite from the many museums around town.

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Tiergarten & Berlin Zoo

Begin with a stroll through Tiergarten, a massive park that is known as the city’s green lungs in the very heart of Berlin. Visit the world-class Berlin Zoo, the most species-rich zoo in the world.

Rental Moose mascot posing in front of Victory Column, a landmark in Berlin. See the best places to visit in Berlin with our curated berlin travel guide

Your rental car can be dropped off at Parkhaus am Zoo, a multi-story car park across the road. The day rate is below 20 euros.

Berlin is Germany’s capital of art and culture. Choose from a variety of museums, or head to the Astor Film Lounge for a one of a kind cinematic experience. 

Astor Film Lounge

Germany’s first premium cinema has been open to the public since the late 40s. The best aspects of retro luxury moviegoing combined with modern technology make visiting Astor a truly unforgettable experience. Valet parking and a welcome drink are included, of course.

Classic Remise

Automotive freaks will find their paradise in Berlin, as Classic Remise is situated on the outskirts of the city. Located in a renovated tram depot from 1899, this hidden gem is home to hundreds of rare classic cars, as well as modern sports cars and motorcycles of all sorts. 

Rental Moose mascot posing in Classic Remise next to vintage cars. Classic Remise Berlin is a great spot to visit in Berlin for car enthusiasts, hundreds of classic cars can be found here.

Petrolheads can find a mix of privately-owned cars put up on display as well as automobiles listed for sale. The best part? Admission is free of charge. Classic Remise is definitely worth a visit for any car fan in town!

Any visit to Berlin wouldn’t possibly be complete without trying Döner Kebap, a Turkish dish that has essentially conquered Germany. 

Where can you eat the best Döner in Berlin?

Mustafa’s

Head to Mustafa’s, one of the best Kebap spots in town, to try the city’s iconic dish. The lengthy queue to the stall is another sign that the kebap is truly delicious.

On-street parking is available in the area but if you can’t find a spot head to this car park around the corner.

Rental Moose mascot standing next to busy Mustafa's Gemuse Kebap food stall. It is one of the best doner kebap in Berlin located in Kreuzberg, and one of the best places to eat in Berlin.

Nightlife

Once dusk falls, be sure to head out and enjoy one of Europe’s best-known nightlife scenes. There are tons of crazy underground clubs and bars to choose from. If you’re not familiar with the scene, be sure to pay a visit to Berghain. This powerplant-turned-club is one of the wildest party spots in town. 

Rental Moose mascot posing in front of Berghain night club in Berlin during sunset. Berghain is a renowned techno club, one of the best underground clubs in Berlin.

What are the best hotels in Berlin?

Hotel Adlon Kempinski

Sophisticated guests will surely enjoy spending the night at Hotel Adlon Kempinski, one of Berlin’s most elegant and prestigious 5-star hotels. 

World-class service, luxury amenities such as an enormous spa and wellness center along with a perfect location overlooking the Brandenburg Gate all make for the superb experience.

Plus Berlin

If you’re looking to stay close to the heart of Berlin’s famous nightlife scene, consider booking a room at Plus Berlin.

This budget-friendly hotel offers stylish ensuite rooms, onsite amenities such as a pool and a bar, as well as welcoming service. The surrounding area, Friedrichshain, is the true heart of East Berlin’s nightlife scene, with numerous techno clubs nearby.

Next on your Poland road trip: Poznań, 2 hours 30 minutes  40zł Highway Toll

Poznań

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Poznań’s busy Old Town. Photography by Anna Jelec.

Hop on the A2, named the Highway of Freedom, and head east towards Poland. After roughly two and a half hours you will reach Poznań, one of the biggest cities in the country.

The highway toll between Świecko (the first paid sector in Poland) and Poznań costs 40zł (9.1 euro) and can be paid in cash or by card directly on the highway.

What is there to do in Poznań?

Poznań, the largest city in the Greater Poland Voivodeship, is packed with attractions for tourists from around the world.

Old Market Square

Begin with a visit to the city’s beautiful Old Market Square. The colorful buildings have been carefully reconstructed after World War II took its toll on the heart of Poznań. 

The streets around the main square are lined with restaurants, bars, and cafes of all sorts. Precisely at noon, look up at the historic Town Hall. A small door above the clock will open and you will see two billy goats butt their heads 12 times. The goats are a symbol of the city.

Christmas market

Are you in town during the Christmas season? Every December, the Old Town hosts the magical Christmas market, one of the most beautiful ones in this part of Europe. 

On-street parking is available practically right outside of the square.

Stary Browar

Don’t forget to go shopping in Stary Browar, the city’s go-to shopping and dining venue. The mall, located in a transformed historic brewery, features over 200 shops and restaurants.

Works of art can be found around every corner of Stary Browar. There is a large underground car park that costs under 5zł per hour. Don’t forget to take receipts if you go shopping, 4-hour parking is complimentary for visitors who spend over 90zł (20.5 eur) in Stary Browar.

There are lots of restaurants in town that offer mouth-watering traditional Polish cuisine, picking the best one can get tricky. 

Where can you try Polish food in Poznań?

Pod Niebieniem

Rentalmoose recommends heading for lunch at Restaurant Pod Niebieniem. The restaurant offers regional dishes with a modern twist, such as a vegan version of Gołąbki or a bacon steak.

Next on your Poland road trip: Wrocław, 2 hours

Wrocław

wroclaw push-pull miniature effect colorful medieval buildings in downtown wroclaw in poland on a sunny day

Photography by Martina Schwab.

Wrocław is a comfy 2-hour drive from Poznań via a well-maintained expressway.

Is Wrocław worth visiting?

Absolutely! The city’s rich history and colorful Old Town, as well as vibrant nightlife, make Wrocław an up-and-coming tourist hotspot. Don’t forget to try some of the local delicacies, too.

Old Town

Begin exploring with a stroll through the magnificent Old Town. Similarly to Poznań, the vibrant cobblestone streets are lined with regional and exotic eateries, colorful shops and welcoming cafes. 

Leave your rental car at Parking Nowy Targ (below 6PLN or 1.4 EUR per hour) and continue on foot. 

Admire the gothic architecture of the Wrocław Cathedral or purchase regional souvenirs at one of the many touristic shops in the area.

National Museum

Art enthusiasts should definitely pop by the National Museum in Wrocław. Regarded as one of the most important museums in the nation, the venue hosts a selection of temporary and permanent exhibitions from various historical periods.

Purchase your ticket online to avoid the queues or directly upon entrance.

Rentalmoose tip: A day of sightseeing will surely make you hungry. Reward yourself with Pierogi, traditional Polish dumplings. 

Where is the best place to try Pierogi in Wrocław?

Pierogarnia Stary Młyn

One of the Rentalmoose favorites is Pierogarnia Stary Młyn, serving various types of pierogi right in the heart of town. Open daily until 11 PM. 

Cocktail Bar by Incognito

Once dusk falls, Wrocław turns into a trendy city overflowing with lively bars, pubs, and nightclubs. Visit Cocktail Bar by Incognito, a stylish underground bar that offers delicious cocktails of all sorts and a unique, somewhat mysterious vibe.

Open daily between 5 PM and 2 AM.

Hotel Monopol

If you’re looking for a prestigious, contemporary hotel in the very heart of Wrocław, consider booking a room at Hotel Monopol. The 5-star hotel offers the perfect amount of modern elegance and luxurious facilities along with a touch of history. Relax while enjoying the view from the rooftop terrace or go for a massage at the hotel spa.

Hotel Śląsk

A budget-friendly, yet elegant, alternative is the 3-star Hotel Śląsk. The hotel offers guests chic rooms, a spa and wellness center, and a tasty restaurant. Complimentary parking is available, too.

Next on your Poland road trip: Kraków, 3 hours 36.2 PLN Highway Toll

Kraków

krakow main market square touristic market and tourists basilica in background during sunset

Photography by Dimitris Vetsikas.

Depart Wrocław and take the A4 highway for roughly 3 hours.

The highway includes paid sectors, and the total cost as of 2020 is 36.2 PLN (8.2 EUR).

Similar to other highway tolls in the country, you can pay by cash or credit card directly at the toll booth.

What can you see in Kraków?

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Kraków has plenty of activities in stock for tourists. Begin with a trip to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the most popular attractions in the area. Located near the outskirts of Kraków, the salt mine is filled with underground treasures. 

The mine’s rich history spans seven centuries, with over 240 kilometers of mysterious corridors waiting to be explored. In order to avoid lines at the ticket booths, purchase admission tickets online prior to arrival.

Auschwitz-Birkenau

Learn about Poland’s tragic World War II history at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp museum and memorial. 

Auschwitz, located roughly 70km from Kraków, was the largest Nazi death camp. Over 1.1 million people lost their lives here. A visit to the memorial is an absolute must in order to better understand this devastating part of history.

Main Market Square

Once you’ve explored the surrounding areas, drive to the heart of the city. Stroll along the busy streets of the 13th century Main Market Square, admire the gothic architecture of St. Mary’s Basilica or step inside the church and explore the monumental interior.

Every hour, you can hear St. Mary’s Trumpet Call, a local anthem, played live by a trumpeter from the highest tower of the Basilica. The anthem is a symbol of Kraków and is closely linked with the region’s history.

Kraków Cloth Hall & Art Gallery

Satisfy your souvenir shopping needs at Kraków Cloth Hall located directly in the middle of the Main Market Square. Apart from countless souvenir shops and jewelers, the Cloth Hall is home to The Gallery of The 19th-Century Polish Art. Admission costs below 30 PLN (6.8 EUR), tickets can be purchased upon entry.

Where to stay in Krakow?

Hotel Stary

Book your night at the exclusive 5-star Hotel Stary and let the stunning award-winning interior design speak for itself. Spend the evening relaxing at the spa, or go for a dip in one of the two pools. 

Visiting during the summer? Enjoy a snack at the seasonal terrace restaurant while enjoying the best view of the Main Market Square.

Hotel Amadeus

Looking for a moderately-priced alternative with an equally convenient location? Consider booking a room at Hotel Amadeus, a 4-star boutique hotel located just 200 meters from the Main Market Square. 

The hotel offers 22 rooms with a historic interior that pays homage to the 1700s, as well as a sauna, a cozy gym, and a car park. 

Next on your Poland road trip: Warsaw, 3 hours 30 minutes

Warsaw

Rental Moose mascot posing in Warsaw's Old Town during a sunny summer day in the capital of Poland. See the best places to visit in Warsaw with our curated travel guide.


Welcome to Warsaw, the vibrant capital of Poland. The city is home to over 1.7 million people, making it the largest in the country. Warsaw is a mix of post-communist blocks of flats, a medieval Old Town and ultra-modern skyscrapers around the business district.

Warsaw, despite being a large city, hasn’t been negatively impacted by over-tourism, making it a perfect getaway in this part of Europe. The city is known for its diverse cuisine, rich history, and an exciting nightlife scene.

What are the best attractions in Warsaw?

Old Town

Stroll around the Old Town, a historic district reconstructed after it was completely destroyed during the Second World War. 

Walk along the vivid streets lined with shops and restaurants, try some freshly-made waffles in the summer or a grilled sausage in the winter, both served in local eateries directly by the streets.

Head to the Royal Castle, either admire its vibrant facade or visit the museum inside. Purchase your tickets here.

Warsaw Old Town, Zygmunt Column and The Royal Castle seen during sunset. See the best things to do in Warsaw with our curated travel guide

Leave your rental car at the on-street parking along Podwale street (pay at the parking meter, roughly 3-4zł per hour). 

Krakowskie Przedmieście & The New World

Continue walking along Krakowskie Przedmieście and you will soon reach The New World, Warsaw’s trendy hotspot for dining and nightlife. Head for a traditional Polish lunch at Zapiecek, one of the most popular regional restaurants in town. 

Rentalmoose order tip: Enjoy a bowl of pierogi, Polish sausage or a portion of beetroot soup. 

Hala Koszyki

If you’re looking to discover a modern, trendy part of Warsaw, go to Hala Koszyki for a delicious lunch. The beautiful venue is located in a restored market hall and is home to tens of restaurants and bars with all sorts of European, Asian and American dishes. 

Whether you’re looking for seafood, a portion of green Thai curry or an elegant fine-dining experience, Hala Koszyki has got you covered.

Rental Moose mascot posing with a bowl of thai soup in Hala Koszyki foodcourt in downtown Warsaw. Hala Koszyki is one of the best places to eat out in Warsaw Poland.

Palace of Culture and Science

A trip to Warsaw wouldn’t be complete without paying the Palace of Culture and Science a visit. The Soviet structure dates back to the 50s and has become the symbol of Warsaw ever since. 

Inside, you can find multiple theaters, cafes, a cinema complex, and frequent temporary exhibitions and expos. There is a viewing terrace on the 30th floor of the building, too. 

However, Rentalmoose knows a secret way of getting the best panoramic view of the city from a different spot! Leave your car at the palace’s car park (around 5PLN per hour) and walk to the Marriott Hotel across the street.

Panorama Sky Bar- The Best View of Warsaw

Panorama Sky Bar is a jaw-dropping bar situated on the 40th floor of the Warsaw Marriott Hotel.

The bar is open daily from 6 PM, not just for hotel guests! 

Simply walk inside the hotel and take one of the elevators up to the top floor directly from the lobby. The drinks are pricey for Polish standards, but the utterly beautiful panoramic views make the experience absolutely worth it!

Raffles Europejski Warsaw

Luxury-seekers will be happy to hear that Warsaw has various top-notch hotels to choose from. Rentalmoose’s favorite hotel in Warsaw is Raffles Europejski Warsaw

The 5-star hotel is located minutes away from the Old Town and offers its guests a selection of stylish rooms and suites. Enjoy a minute of relaxation at Raffles Spa, or go for dinner at one of the hotel’s world-class restaurants.

Polonia Palace

Elegance doesn’t always come at an ultra-high price tag, and Polonia Palace Hotel is the perfect example. Located across the street from the Palace of Culture and Science, this 4-star hotel features classy rooms and an elegant restaurant and bar. 

Looking for more attractions in Warsaw?

Check out this Rentalmoose travel guide, where you can find more places worth visiting, restaurants and hotels in town. You don’t want to miss them!

Poland Road Trip Extension to the Baltic Sea

Your Poland road trip doesn’t have to end in Warsaw. Once you reach the capital, take a look at this Rentalmoose travel guide that will take you up to the northern tip of Poland.

Relax at the Masurian Lake District, explore the world’s biggest castle, spend a night in Tricity and visit Toruń and Łódź on your way back.

Drop-off

For maximum comfort, Rentalmoose recommends dropping off your rental car directly at the Warsaw Chopin Airport before leaving. Various rental companies support drop-off at another location, you can browse through available options on Rentalmoose.

Don’t forget to book your rental car via Rentalmoose for your next adventure.

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