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Phaeno Science Center
The Phaeno Science Center is an interactive science center in Wolfsburg, Germany, completed in 2005. Phaeno arose from progressive urban planning by the City of Wolfsburg. In 1998 City officials were developing a plot of vacant, public land immediately adjacent to Wolfsburg's railway station and just south of VW's huge, then-unfinished attraction Autostadt. An art museum was planned for the site, but Dr. Wolfgang Guthardt, then the City's Director for Culture, Sports and Education, knew that such an institution would compete with Wolfsburg's successful Kunst Museum (Art Museum) and needed other options. Guthardt visited Technorama, a science center in Switzerland and became convinced that a science center in Wolfsburg would complement both Autostadt and the Kunst Museum. Preliminary planning began in November 1998, and one year later Joe Ansel, an American consultant and designer, was approached to handle the exhibitions and other operational aspects of the project. An architectural design competition was held in January 2000 and the prominent architect Zaha Hadid won, in conjunction with structural engineers, Adams Kara Taylor. About five years later, phaeno opened to the public on November 24, 2005 with over 250 interactive exhibits from Ansel Associates, Inc. all enclosed in an astounding concrete structure designed by Zaha Hadid, her German associate, Mayer Bährle architects and Adams Kara Taylor. The architectural design has been described as a "hypnotic work of architecture - the kind of building that utterly transforms our vision of the future." The design won a 2006 RIBA European Award as well as the 2006 Institution of Structural Engineers Award for Arts, Leisure and Entertainment Structures.
The building effectively stands on concrete stilts allowing visitors to the Autostadt to pass through without having to interfere with the workings of the building. Phaeno is connected to the Autostadt via a metal bridge accessed by escalators and stairs either side. The underside of Phaeno is illuminated and the "stilts" are too.
The Autostadt is a visitor attraction adjacent to the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, with a prime focus on automobiles. It features a museum, pavilions for the principal automobile brands in the Volkswagen Group, a customer center where German customers can pick up new cars, and take a tour through the enormous factory, a guide to the evolution of roads, and cinema in a large sphere. It is also home to the largest glass doors in the world and the longest printed line. The line starts from outside Wolfsburg and travels through Autostadt to a point on a farm. It is about 4 miles (6.4 km) long.
Hours: Open every day (except for December 24th and 31st). All attractions are open from 9am - 6pm.
Admission: Adults 15 €, Children 6-14 years 6 €, Students 12 €.
phæno Science Center
On an activity area covering over 9,000 square meters, phæno's guests have a host of opportunities to discover and explore the thrilling world of science phenomena. 250 interactive Experimental Stations form the center of attraction, which invite visitors to try things out for themselves and follow their own research inclinations. The fascinating themes of natural science and technology can also be approached in phæno through three Visitor Laboratories, the Science Theatre, the Show Crater, or the Ideas Forum. phæno also houses two restaurants, a coffee bar and a room for special events on three levels.
The building itself effectively stands on concrete stilts allowing visitors to the Autostadt to pass through without having to interfere with the workings of the building. Phaeno is connected to the Autostadt via a metal bridge accessed by escalators and stairs either side. The underside of Phaeno is illuminated and the
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday and public holidays: 10am - 6pm. Last admission 1 hour before closing.
Admission: Adults: 12 €, Concessions 9 €, Children/young adults from 6 to 17 years of age 7.50 €, Children under 6 years old free.
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Volkswagen Auto Museum
In an area of about 5000 square meters 1140 exhibitions are displayed. Visitors get a comprehensive impression of automobile history, from old-timers, various design-studies, up to prototypes.
Hours: Opening hours: Friday - Sunday 10am - 6pm; closed between Christmas and the new-year.
Admission: Adults 6 €, Concessions 3 €, Family pass 15 €.
The Museum of Art (Kunstmuseum)
The Museum of Art Wolfsburg was planned and implemented as a lively and dynamic center for conveying modern and contemporary art. According to its bipolar concept of collection and exhibition the Museum of Art is a cosmopolitan stage offering a diverse program filled with rotation and cadences. It is not a sacred, hermetically sealed temple of the muses. The broad palette of the exhibition program encompasses presentations of modern classics and contemporary, internationally established as well as young and innovative artists. Traditional and new media of fine arts are equally well represented. The permanent collection specializes in a select range of positions within contemporary art.
Hours: Tuesday 11am - 8pm. Wednesday - Sunday 11am - 6pm.
Admission: Adults 6 €, Concessions 3 €, Family pass 12 €.
Hoffmann-von-Fallersleben-Museum in the Castle Fallersleben
Situated in the midst of beautiful parks, this medieval building today functions as Hoffman-von-Fallersleben-Museum. In the 19th century Hoffmann-von-Fallersleben was a significant poet and researcher of literature. He was born in 1798 in the present-day Wolfsburg district of Fallersleben. His most famous work is the German national anthem
Song of the Germans. However, many children's songs and poems are also penned by him. The museum can lay claim to being one of Germany's great literary museums.
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10am - 5pm. Saturday 1pm - 6pm. Sunday 10am - 6pm.
Admission: Adults 2.50 €, Concessions 1.50 €.
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Schloss Wolfsburg (Wolfsburg Castle) and City Museum
This impressive building in Weser-renaissance style does not just lend the city of Wolfsburg its name, it is also its cultural heart. The city gallery, the art society and the City museum are housed in the Castle's interior. Visiting there, you can discover much about its origins and history, about knights, counts and ghosts.
In the city museum, discover the history of the castle and the historical development of the region. Many developments of German post-war history can be perfectly re-experienced. Urban development, the German
economic miracleand general welfare, prevention of large-scale unemployment and the integration of foreigners are classified as exceptional model for all of Germany.
Hours: Tuesday and Saturday 1pm - 5pm. Wednesday - Friday 10am - 5pm. Sunday 10am - 6pm
Admission: Adults 2.50 €, Concessions 1.50 €, Family pass 5 €.
Wolfsburg Castle, Neustadt
The ruins of the Wolfsburg by the western approach to Neustadt an der Weinstraße in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, lie on a rocky crag on the Wolfsberg hill about 130 metres over the left (northern) bank of the Speyerbach at a height of 270 metres above sea level (NN). From here the original thalweg may still be made out in the direction of Lambrecht, along which traces of Roman settlements were uncovered.
Fallersleben Castle (German: Schloss Fallersleben) is located in Wolfsburg in the German state of Lower Saxony and, together with Neuhaus and Wolfsburg Castles, is one of the most important historic buildings in the town. It is in the district of Fallersleben and forms an historic setting along with the castle lake, St. Michael's Church and the Old Brewery.
Fallersleben Castle, like Gifhorn Castle, was owned by Duke Francis of Brunswick and Lüneburg (1508–49). He died whilst it was being built, however, when he was 41 years old. From 1539 he ruled the Duchy of Gifhorn, in which Fallersleben lay, from his ducal seat in Gifhorn. Francis introduced the Reformation into the state. His wife was Clara of Saxe-Lauenburg, daughter of Duke Magnus I of Saxe-Lauenburg. After the death of her husband, Francis, she was given the castle as a dower and completed its construction in 1551. She lived for over 27 years in Fallersleben and generated a boom in the small town of Fallersleben (coinage (Münzordnung) was introduced in 1555, a market system (Marktordnung) in 1573, a brewery (Brauordnung) etc.). She died in 1576 during a visit to Barth, Germany and was buried there. After her death a Drost (manager) lived at the castle. Renovations were carried out in 1616 by Duke Christian, in 1636 by Duke Augustus and in 1649 by Duke Frederick. In the mid-17th century the ducal residence was given up and the main building of the castle became the seat of an Amt in which, from 1855, civic authorities were accommodated (finance office, court, town hall).
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Wolfsburg is a city in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is located on the River Aller northeast of Braunschweig (Braunschweig vacation rentals | Braunschweig travel guide) (Brunswick) and is mainly notable as the headquarters of Volkswagen. Wolfsburg is bordered by the districts of Gifhorn (Gifhorn vacation rentals | Gifhorn travel guide) and Helmstedt.
Wolfsburg is the sixth largest city in Lower Saxony. Nearest large cities are Brunswick, about 26 miles southwest, Magdeburg (Magdeburg vacation rentals | Magdeburg travel guide), about 64 kilometers south-east, and Hanover, about 74 miles west.
Things to See in Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg lacks historical buildings, and the sights include new attractions like the Autostadt (a huge open air museum about automobiles, owned and operated by Volkswagen), a planetarium, the Phaeno Science Center, the largest hands-on science museum in Germany, and an excellent private art museum (Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg) specialized in modern and contemporary art. Until the fall of the Iron Curtain and the dismantling of the Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide) Wall, Wolfsburg was simply a place along the road to Berlin just inside West Germany. With the opening in 2000 of Autostadt and that of Phaeno, as well as restaurants and a Ritz Carlton Hotel, tourism increased.
The most famous professional sports club in the city is VfL Wolfsburg, a football club that was established in 1945. They are the current German champions, having won the 2009 Fußball-Bundesliga. Hockey team EHC Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams is also based in the city.
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More about the History of Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg was founded in 1938 as Stadt des KdF-Wagens (English: City of the KdF Car), a planned town around the village of Hesslingen in the District of Gifhorn in order to house the workers of the Volkswagen factories. During World War II there were also jeeps, airplanes and other military equipment built, mainly by forced workers and POWs at these factories. In 1945 the city was renamed Wolfsburg after the castle of the same name located in the city, which was founded about 1300 on the bank of the Aller river. Today there is another castle at the place, which was built after 1600. In 1951, Wolfsburg was separated from the District of Gifhorn, and became an urban district. In November 2003, Wolfsburg was renamed Golfsburg for one week to celebrate the 5th generation of the Volkswagen Golf.
[ source: wikipedia ]
Wolfsburg is a city in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is located on the River Aller northeast of Braunschweig (Brunswick) and is mainly notable as the headquarters of Volkswagen. Wolfsburg is bordered by the districts of Gifhorn and Helmstedt.
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