Ramstein is a city well-known in popular culture due to the band of the same name and the huge US Air Force base stationed here since the 50's. The US Air Force still reside here in large numbers, and the base provides a large sector of the city’s employment. Ramstein is in a highly privileged position in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate –as evidenced by its selection as a base for the US military–. So car hire in Ramstein is popular. It sits right next to the French border, with cities like Metz and Strasbourg easily reachable by car. Hiring a car in Ramstein is available from the Airbase or in Kaiserslautern, amongst others.