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Essen is a city in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany. It has a huge industrial heritage, and the Zollverein Coal Mine is a UNESCO listed site, the most famous of the shafts perhaps being XII which was built in Bauhaus style. Car hire in Essen is popular with those wanting to visit the mine which is a short drive from the city centre.
This post-industrial landscape might appeal to some more than others, but Essen also has a green side for those who enjoy nature and parkland. Many tourists visiting the city like to hire a car so they can head to the outlying southern boroughs which include Kettwig and Werden.
Essen has a strong cultural scene, with the city being crowned the European Capital of Culture in 2010. In Essen you can find Aalto-Theatre, the Colosseum Theatre, the Little Theatre and the Katakomben-Theatre, as well as various museums.
With the strong industrial history of Essen, it sits on a well-connected road network. With the Ruhrschnelleweg (A40) connecting Essen with Düsseldorf and the Netherlands, the A42 connecting several towns in the Ruhr region and the A52 with further connections to the Netherlands, these links open up the possibility to travel to several further locations, making it a great place to use as a base to explore the area.
With a wide range of travellers passing through our locations every day, we've got a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit your needs - from smart executive saloons to compact family hatchbacks. ***
***Specific cars may not be available when booking
Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.