Driving in Germany
Hildesheim is connected to the federal motorway („Bundesautobahn“) A7 Flensburg-Hannover-Würzburg-Füssen as well as the federal roads (“Bundesstraße”) B1, B6, B 243 and B 494.
Seat belts are a must for drivers and all passengers.
Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, unless there is a hands-free car kit in your car.
For a list of German traffic violations, fines and points see here.
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“If you don’t have a driver’s license yet, and you are at least 17, you can do the following to get a German driver’s license:
- Take an eye test for a driver’s license at an optician.
- Attend a first aid course for a driver’s license. The official German name is Lebensrettende Sofortmaßnahmen am Unfallort (emergency measures at the site of an accident). At some places, you can take the eye test and the passport photo as well. The courses are organized, for example, by the German Red Cross, Johanniter and Malteser:
- German Red Cross Kreisverband Hildesheim e. V. (35€)
- Die Johanniter (45€)
- Malteser Hilfsdienst e. V. (35€, reduced rate is 30€)
- Choose a driving school of your choice in (the district of) Hildesheim.
- Apply for the driver’s license at the driver’s license registration office (Führerscheinstelle).
Please note: You should take your driving tests in the city where you are registered or where you study.
Please bring the following items:
- ID-card or passport (for foreigners please also bring a certificate of residence “Meldebescheinigung”)
- Proof of a first aid course
- Proof of a recent eye test
- A biometric passport photo
- € 43.40 fee (2020)
Or for the district of Alfeld:
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Children under 12 years of age or shorter than 1.5 m must be secured by law in appropriate child restraint systems corresponding to tested standards. Using the appropriate child seats and wearing the seat belt properly could prove to be a life saver in accidents. If the rules aren’t followed, as per Bußgeldkatalog (Traffic Fines and Penalties Catalog) a minimum fine of € 30.00 is charged.
Child restraint systems need to meet the ECE Regulation 44/03, 44/04 or 129. In the near future the latter is supposed to replace the first two completely.
Following ECE Regulation 44, the classification is done in five weight classes:
- Class 0 (up to 10 kg, up to 9 months)
- Class 0+ (up to 13 kg, up to 2 years)
- Class I (9 to 18 kg, about 8 months to 4 years)
- Class II (15 to 25 kg, about 3 ½ years to about 7 years)
- Class III (22 to 36 kg, about 6 to 12 years). The ages in each group are for reference only.
Following ECE-R 129, the classification is in three phases:
- Phase 1 (45-105 cm)
- Phase 2 (100-150 cm)
- Phase 3 (for belted child car seats).
More commonly this regulation is called the “i-Size”.
Also, it is recommended to look for the sign of a TÜV (Technical Monitoring Association, independent quality control organization) seal on the product before buying. Either way, before buying the car seat you should always test it in your car first.
For further information on the internet, the ADAC (the German national motor club) has a section on “child safety” with their most recent child seat test results. Also, Stiftung Warentest (independent German consumer organisation) and their test results is a good place for your research. A further informative website is www.kindersitze-test.de .
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In Hildesheim you can reach the different parts of the city by bus, operated by the SVHI Stadtverkehr Hildesheim GmbH & Co. KG. There is a route network for during the day and a different one for the night hours – you can select the one you need here. Alternatively, you can directly type your desired start and end point into this inquiry box here to receive the best routing options. For all information on ticket options, click here. If you prefer going to a customer counter in person, you can go to one of the following two:
The RVHI Regionalverkehr Hildesheim GmbH operates the bus lines outside of the city, i.e. in the rest of the Hildesheim district. Here you can get an overview of the three different route networks (one for the district in general, one specifically for Alfeld and the third for the night bus). Here you can look into your best route options and for information on ticket prices click here.