With origins dating back to the 13th century, Germany has come a long way since the Cold War. The modern and art-filled city is perfect for exploring. Picking up a rental car from the Berlin Schönefeld is the perfect way to see every corner of the city. Cruise around this historic streets with the freedom of your own four wheels to mix with the locals and really understand why this is a must-visit city for many European travellers.
Renting a Car at Berlin Schönefeld Airport
Schönefeld is an international airport and has multiple terminals to accommodate for all the traffic that comes through. Just outside Terminal A, the largest of the terminals, visitors will find the car rental center. Here is where the representatives from companies like Avis, Enterprise, and Hertz will be waiting to help travellers find their car they'd already rented via a Skyscanner search. From there, it's a short walk to the car parks where pick-up, and drop-off — if the plan is to return the car to the airport — takes place.
Driving from Schönefeld Airport to Berlin City Center
Upon exiting the airport, follow signs for Highway 113 and enter heading North toward Berlin. Continue following as 113 turns into 100, staying toward Berlin. After passing a large park, Tempelhofer Feld, take the right turn to get on Highway 96 eastbound. Highway 96 eventually changes names to become Wilhelmstrasse. After less than a mile, take the ramp to Highway 1 Eastbound and continue on to the heart of the city.
Attractions Near the Berlin Schönefeld Airport
Berlin is rich in history, and among the most notable moments is the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Berlin Wall Memorial is located on the northeast corner of the downtown area, very close to State Park. Taking Invalidenstrasse heading east out of the city, and then a left on Gartenstrasse, the historic site is easy to find. Here visitors can see the last remaining piece of the wall and the preserved grounds around it convey the separation created by this wall until the late 1980s.
Also in downtown Berlin, the Brandenberg Gate is a symbol of the unification that took place in this great city after years of separation. Overlooking a bustling plaza, the gate is photogenic and impressive in size.
Those interested in seeing a different city can head to Potsdam. This city beckons tourists with its spectacular Sanssouci palace grounds, the largest UNESCO heritage site in Germany. The former home of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, this spectacular and expansive palace was designed in 1747 as a relaxing getaway from the formalities of being in Berlin. From the airport, take Highway 96 west then follow the L40 all the way to Potsdam.
Although Sanssouci-like extravagance can't be promised, a rental car in the Berlin area will certainly give the driver that coveted sense of relaxing freedom. Whether the visitor is staying within the Berlin city limits or venturing out to nearby Potsdam, there is plenty to see in this historic part of Germany.