Wolfsburg - an old city with a modern-day presence
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Panorama of Wolfsburg at Sunset
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Wolfsburg, located on the southern end of the ancient river valley of Aller, is an old city with a modern-day presence. The unique history here is attributed to a culmination of different major events spanning from the 1300s. The castle, Schloss Wolfsburg and the nearby (and beautifully preserved) Burg Neuhaus were the homes to a couple different German nobel families who held seats of power in the neighboring areas. Inside Schloss Wolfsburg, built in the 1600s, is the city's Stadt Museum. Along with those two historical buildings is one more, Schloss Fallersleben built circa 1551 and features a museum dedicated to German poetry and Democracy. Each one of these three buildings have historical significance and well-preserved medieval sections. Don't forget to see the old brew house located next to Schloss Fellersleben.
On to the more modern parts of the city! Of course one of the, if not the most famous attraction in Woflsburg is the Autostadt. This is the working production factory of beloved car company, Volkswagon. It would be wise to set some time aside for this trip considering the size of the factory and how dynamic its activity range is. There are tours, obstacle courses licensed drivers can drive cars on, safety training exhibits, mini-courses for children to drive miniature VWs around, and on top of all that there is the Automuseum where one can see famous original models like Herbie from Herbie, the Love Bug. If one feels so enamored by the beauty of it all, there is possibility (and encouragement) to buy a car, direct from this factory. There are also separate pavilions on the property that belong to car companies Lamborghini, Bentley, Audi, Škoda, SEAT, and, of course, Volkswagon.
Another main attraction in this diverse city is the Phæno Science Center. This highly-interactive museum offers rolling exhibits and many, many hands-on experiments for people young and old to partake in. The Phæno was built by world-famous British-based Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid. It is über modern and looks almost like a massive paper airplane hovering above concrete.
Other museums in the area are: the Kunstmuseum, where there are revolving modern exhibitions from artists around the world; the Planetarium Wolfsburg, great for a rainy day or anyone interested in astronomy; the nearby Heinrich-Büssing-Haus in Nordsteimke (about 7 min. from the Autostadt by car) which is a museum dedicated to the history of the truck, Büssing, built and supported by the MAN-truck company.
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This travel guide has been written by Cynthia Kozak.
Cynthia Kozak is a freelance writer, editor and transcriptionist currently living abroad in her Vario truck. Boundlessly curious, she is an avid traveler always looking forward to the next destination.
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