Wolfsburg - an old city with a modern-day presence

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Panorama of Wolfsburg at Sunset
Panorama of Wolfsburg at Sunset

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Wolfsburg (Wolfsburg vacation rentals | Wolfsburg travel guide)

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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Cynthia Kozak

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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Location, Map, and Driving Directions

Location: Porsche Strasse 49, Wolfsburg, Germany

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Admission

Autostadt

    1-day ticket / 2-day ticket
    Adults: 15/22 euros
    Reduced price*: 12/18 euros
    Children / youth ticket (6-17 years), students: 6/9 euros
    Families (2 adults + all children up to 17 years): 38/57 euros
    Evening ticket (from 16h00): 7 euros
Tours
    Two-hour guided tour: 11 euros
    45-minute tour: 5 euros
Tours are available in 13 languages. Special tours around the time he house and tours for groups can be arranged.
** * students, apprentices, members of the military, national service volunteers, the unemployed, the disabled (all groups), senior citizens (from 60 onwards). Valid identity card required. ** This can be redeemed as a restaurant voucher at all Autostadt restaurants.

Phæno Science Center

Single tickets
    Adults: 12 euros
    Children under 6 years old: free admission
    Children/young adults from 6 to 17 years of age: 7.50 euros
    Reduced admission*: 9 euros
Families of four
    2 parents/grandparents incl. up to 2 own (grand)children: 26.50 euros
    Each additional (grand)child per family: 2 euros
Families of three
    1 parent/grandparent incl. up to 2 own (grand)children: 17 euros
    Each additional (grand)child per family: 2 euros
* Reduced admission granted on presentation of a valid pass: school students over 18 years, students, trainees/apprentices, those in military/community service, travel agents, disabled persons (degree of disablement 80% or more), social security cardholders, unemployed persons.


Related Links

Autostadt Website

www.autostadt.de/en/


Phæno Science Center Website

www.phaeno.de/en/index-en.html


City of Wolfsburg Website

www.wolfsburg-info.net/html/wolfsburg_rathaus.html


Wolfsburg Planetarium

www.planetarium-wolfsburg.de/






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