Monday 27 August 2012

Autostadt Wolfsburg

Following on from visiting the Volkswagen Auto Museum in Wolfsburg we went to the Autostadt situated next to the Volkswagen factory.
The Autostadt is a cross between a theme park and a car showroom, showcasing all of the vehicles that are produced by the Volkswagen Audi Group (VAG) with a different building housing each of the  marques, Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, Seat, Porsche, Lamborghini and Bugatti, as well as a building housing one of each of the cars that Volkswagen feel are milestones in automotive history including the 1,000,000th Beetle and Mini, Model T Ford, E Type Jaguar to name but a few.
The buildings and surrounding landscaping are like a something out of a Sci-fi movie with futuristic architecture and manicured lawns.
As cars are completed in the factory they are moved through underground tunnels to one of the two storage towers where a robotic car lift will place it in to a slot waiting for you to collect it. If you wish you can have the robot take you for a ride in a glass box and place you in one of the slots where you get a fantastic view of the entire park and factory!
Another attraction is solar powered boats and pedalos that you can take out into the lake with the Autostadt one one side and the iconic VW factory on the other.
There is much more to the Autostadt with factory tours, bars, restaurants, child care, even a hotel! I highly recommend a visit, if you can't afford to stay in the hotel you can always stay at the nearby camp site Campingplatz am Allersee with your bug or bus.

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