The city Wolfsburg
Thanks to its thriving auto industry, Wolfsburg is the richest city in Germany based on GDP per capita. Volkswagen is headquartered here – the largest car plant in the world – so a football trip to Wolfsburg is a must for lovers of the iconic VW Beetle!
Named after the eponymous medieval castle located there which was first mentioned in records in 1302, Wolfsburg was founded as recently as 1938 – and has become a living museum of 20th century urban design.
The city’s development is of course inextricably linked to that of Volkswagen’s factories and car-fans will be in their element here. One of the main attractions is Autostadt (Car City). Not only can you find out about the history of cars and the evolution of roads, but you can even take a Volkswagen Touareg SUV off-road around a purpose-built track. The ultra-modern architecture – and landscape – of the 250,000-square-metre complex however, is reason enough to visit.
The Phaeno is also extraordinary. Resembling an alien spaceship, the interactive science centre was designed by, amongst others, Zaha Hadid. The building is on stilts which is why it’s also referred to as ‘the largest accessible sculpture in Germany’. An absolute must for bargain hunters is Shopping Outlets Wolfsburg in the heart of the city.