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Schloss Wolfsburg © WMG Wolfsburg, Foto Sahnefoto

Wolfsburg, a young and up-and-coming city in Lower Saxony

Wolfsburg – the beautiful city is located on the eastern edge of Lower Saxony. When you think of Wolfsburg, the car manufacturer Volkswagen immediately comes to mind. Originally, the city was founded in 1938 for this very purpose – this is where the company’s employees were to live. Today, it not only attracts car enthusiasts, but is also the perfect destination for the whole family, nature lovers and sports enthusiasts.

Arrival and accommodation

Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg
The Volkswagen Arena, Image: © WMG Wolfsburg, Tim Schulze

The best way to get there is by car or train. From the south, the A39 leads from Braunschweig to the western part of the city, via Braunschweiger Straße or Heinrich-Nordhoff-Straße you can reach the heart of Wolfsburg within a few minutes. If you are travelling from the northwest, you will come to the northern part of the city on the B 188. The main train station is located opposite the Autostadt, directly on the riverbank. The Hanover-Berlin high-speed line makes a stop here. Intercity and Intercity-Express trains from numerous major German cities also stop in Wolfsburg several times a day.

  • The Courtyard by Marriott Wolfsburg**** superior is an ideal hotel for an optimal stay, it is located in the middle of the Allerpark, with a panoramic view of the beautiful Allersee and sandy beach. For those interested in football, the Volkswagen Arena is within sight and can be reached in just a few minutes’ walk. This makes the Courtyard by Marriott the perfect place to stay for football fans and adventure seekers.
  • The luxury hotel The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg is a slightly higher-priced place to stay when you pick up a vehicle, but it’s worth its hefty price tag with its spa offerings, unique artwork, and gourmet restaurants.
  • On the opposite side of the shore of the Allersee there is a spacious campsite in a quiet location. Behind the square, the Mittelland Canal flows along, several bridges lead over the crystal-clear water and invite you to go for a walk or a bike ride.
  • For wellness enthusiasts, we recommend the Hotel An der Wasserburg. Conveniently and centrally located, the hotel scores with 59 non-smoking rooms, a pool and a relaxed atmosphere in the gold bar.
  • If you like it quiet and familiar, you will feel at home in the Hotel Fallersleber Spieker in the old town of Fallersleb. The 48-room hotel scores with a rich breakfast buffet.
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Our tip: Book a guided tour of the city so that you don’t miss any of the Wolfsburg highlights. Further information on sights, city tours and travel offers can be found on the portal wolfsburg-reisen.de.

What you should definitely see in Wolfsburg

  • View of the Autostadt
    View of the Autostadt, © WMG Wolfsburg, Tim Schulze

    The most famous sight and highlight of Wolfsburg is clearly the Autostadt. Due to its central location in the city, it is easy to reach. One of the largest amusement parks in Germany stretches over an area of 28 hectares. The two glass car towers can be seen from afar, and inside there are new VW cars on 20 floors. Hundreds of buyers pick up their new cars in the Autostadt every day.

    In addition to lush green spaces, landscaped ponds and benches, there are several exhibition rooms with novelties and museums that exhibit models from past times. If you have a driver’s license and want to sit behind the wheel of an SUV, such as a Touareg or Amarok, you should definitely take an off-road drive with a professionally trained trainer. You can also successfully master the off-road course right next door or book a guided ride through the city centre with the latest models.

  • Since 2007, the city has had a Designer Outlet. On almost 18,000 m² of sales space and in over 90 stores, world-famous brand products can be purchased.
  • If you want fun and action, you should definitely visit the Allerpark. There is a lot to discover for young and old on the grounds of the adventure park. In addition to sporting attractions such as the EisArena, the BadeLand, numerous outdoor fitness equipment, a high ropes course and beach volleyball courts, there is a huge beach, several restaurants with international cuisine and a footpath that leads once around the lake. A large car park on the Aller and in front of the Volkswagen Arena offer enough parking space.
  • In spring and summer months, cycling is one of the best sporting activities in the Wolfsburg area. From Magdeburg to Verden, the Aller Cycle Path runs parallel to the river that gives it its name.
  • Marvel, experiment, touch, inspire, fascinate – for over 15 years, the extraordinary phaeno world of experience has been a feast for the senses and captivates visitors far beyond the borders of Wolfsburg. Over 350 phenomena await you in a unique futuristic building, designed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid, which is one of the twelve most important modern buildings in the world.
  • Art lovers will find contemporary and modern art in the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg. The museum, which opened in 1994, is home to works by artists such as Carl Andre, John M Armleder, Christian Boltanski, Helmut Federle, Gilbert & George, Douglas Gordon, Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Anselm Kiefer, Gerhard Merz, Mario Merz, Bruce Nauman, Panamarenko, Julius Popp, Neo Rauch, Cindy Sherman and Jeff Wall. The collection comprises a total of more than 600 works.
  • People who are interested in the history and culture of the city will not miss out either. In and around the metropolis there are some castles and palaces to be found. The most popular are Wolfsburg Castle, after which the city was named, Neuhaus Castle and Fallersleben Castle. Wolfsburg Castle is located in the Alt-Wolfsburg district, where the historic city museum, the municipal gallery and the art association are located in addition to the building itself. Fallersleben moated castle and Neuhaus Castle can be visited by curious visitors. Today, both have their own museums and organize annual events and festivals.

Where to go after a busy day?

After an exciting day in Wolfsburg, it’s time for you to indulge in culinary delights:

  • Gourmets certainly think of Wolfsburg directly to the 3-star restaurant “Aqua” with chef Sven Elverfeld.
  • The best beers in the region can be found in the “Altes Brauhaus zu Fallleben” – where brewing is still done according to the German Purity Law. There are German classics to go with it. From Leberkäse to Sauerbraten
  • Creative, delicious and regional food awaits you at the Hotel & Restaurant Brackstedter Mühle. Our tip: The Brackstedt mill pan with medallions of beef, pork and veal – and hand-scraped spaetzle to go with it
  • Of course, you will also find an extensive selection of restaurants in the Autostadt. Particularly noteworthy are the in-house manufactories with delicious baked goods, the coffee roastery and the organic ice cream factory near the Škoda Pavilion.

A selection of other nice restaurants can be found in the Butler Gastronomy Guide

Result:

Wolfsburg is an up-and-coming modern city that became known far beyond Germany’s borders due to the automotive sector and the name Volkswagen. But they have now been able to convince themselves that the city has much more to offer. The city’s still youthful history makes it a unique specimen that everyone should have visited once or several times in their lives.