I saw the exhibition 'Walking Distance from the Studio' by Francis Alys. And it was amazing.. I recommend you to see it if you have a change.
To have an idea please check the following links:
Mexico City Zocalo
Francis Alys: Walking Distance from the Studio
Check out the current exhibitions.
The exhibition I've visited was Forces by Sonia Braas.
Tel. City Gallery: 05361-828525
There was another exhibition at the Heidersberger Institute Wolfsburg, representing works of Heinrich Heidersberger. I was able to see pictures of Brawnschweig as it looked like 20+ years ago, so it was also interesting to me.
Tel. Institute Heidersberger: 05361-26690
There are several buildings designed by Finnish top class architect Aalto in town, in fact more than anywhere else outside Finland. One is the Alvar Aalto Cultural House downtown and another is the Holy Ghost church near the hospital. There is also a community centre in the village of Detmerode. This has made Wolfsburg one of the German centres for Aalto fans.
Alt-Wolfsburg, i.e. Old Wolfsburg, is the area where the village that gave the town its name stood and you can still visit the old castle - the reason all VW beetles had a wolf in a castle on their steering wheels. The museum mentioned above is also in the castle grounds and the building itself is full of nooks and crannies. It is set in lovely, lush grounds (even if this picture shows it from Autostadt to show its modern frame) with the town riding school and a nice and typical German inn. The whole area is therefore popular with weddings.
Autostadt is THE sight in town. Volkswagen's huge exhibition centre where you can do everything from pick up your newly bought car in a glass tower (see shopping tip) to a guided tour of the factory and, in between, see old models of the VW and their associates' cars. Not everyone does the factory tour which costs extra. Most are content with visiting the Autostadt exhibition to see the car models and the exhibition and films on what Volkswagen do in their research labs on safety, environment and so on. In winter, the pond in the centre is used for ice skating, so it is a whole leasure park these days.
Just the size of it will take your breath away. If you are really interested in motors you can easily spend a day here. Just beware of too many coach parties from all over Germany. Worth the trip to Wolfsburg on its own if you are a car lover. In that case, you should look at my travelogue below to see the first beetle prototype and more. You don't have to pay the whole Autostadt entrance fee just to go in and have a look at the entrance hall with it's VW shop. This also has a huge globe with messages about the world in the ceiling (see second photo) as well as a glass floor with more globes underneath, telling thought provoking messages of the state of our world. I am not sure if that is only to ease the conscience of being a car factory but it is still a nice touch. Children love to slide on the glass floor on the provided matrasses!
A special tip is to get there two hours before closing. Then you get a discounted entrance fee since you won't have time to see absolutely everything. This ticket also allows you to then eat in the adjacent Möwenpick restaurant for the entrance money (which is open after Autostadt itself has closed so no stress). It is just deducted from whatever you run up on your restaurant bill and this is a great deal since you usually don't eat and drink THAT much there and the food is quite nice.
Anyone considering buying a new car usually does a lot of careful research before coming to the realization: this is it! At Autostadt, I think the moment in which you receive your new car should be just as special. And this is exactly what they offer. At Autostadt, collecting your new car is an event in itself. The best idea is to begin that special day with a relaxing trip to Autostadt followed by a tour until the big moment arrives: In a fully automated procedure, your new car is brought down to you from one of the 20-story Car Towers. Large signboards in the Customer Center show you when your turn has come. Then, you're handed the keys, your picture is taken, the glass doors open and your brand-new car appears. You're all set to go. For us it was a very very special day!
A new learning-location!
The Autostadt has opened its latest attraction, the Mobility Deck. This brand new education platform incorporates the latest in media and technology on more than 400 m² . The Autostadt thus supports the Mobility Curriculum of the State of Niedersachsen. The Mobility Deck is to be found on the ground floor of the ServiceHaus, home to the Autostadt Administration offices. This IT-benchmark enables scholars to work together on computers and interior design allows for a variety of inter-personal interactions e.g. role-play aided by mobile room-dividers. The Mobi-Deck is also equipped with LED projectors and extra-large screens with the best in audiovisual technology.
You won't find anywhere else that's quite like Autostadt. It combines a variety of themes and perspectives, creating a world of adventure. In the ZeitHaus museum we introduce you to the history of automobility, in our AutoLab and on the factory tour you can learn about the art of automobile construction. The Kids' World and Kids' Traffic School demonstrates that learning can be fun.
The different makes belonging to the Volkswagen Corporation plus prototypes developed by the engineers can all be viewed in the various Pavilions.
Cars for everyone: an insight into automobile mass-production
Two rotating exhibitions in the ZeitHaus address the mobilisation of the masses by car and the resulting increase in individual mobility. At the turn of the 20th century, the automobile industry began to introduce serial production as a means to cost, and naturally price, reduction.
The exhibition Autos für alle – Von Karl Benz’ Velo bis zum Fox shows automobile benchmark innovations, such as the Model-T Ford, the Austin Mini, the Citroen 2CV and many more, which contributed to the motorisation of the masses due to their concept and price.
The second exhibition 80 Jahre Hanomag Komißbrot (commissars’ loaf) focuses on the early days of automobile production where Hanomag was one of the first German car manufacturers to use an assembly-line.
A new attraction for children in the Autostadt! The film simulator on the ground floor of the KonzernForun (Group World) is the new home for Rolli. The young discoverer from the planet Sinus, has made the simulator his new home. The pre-show section of the cinema has been turned into part of the planet and boasts real Sinesian plants and buildings. Visitors to this particular Autostadt simulator get to experience Rolli’s journey from Sinus through space to Earth. The 4 minute 20 second film starts on the Planet Sinus, where Rollis grandfather, Ropa, presents his grandson with his very own space skates, Rolli then tugs on his ears and starts his flight through the Cosmos to the Autostadt. Muriel, Lines and I had much fun!
A great daytrip from Wolfsburg if you need a cosy mountain town instead of Autobahn, is to go to Goslar. A World Heritage silver mining town nestling at the foot of the Harz mountains. You can also drive around the mountains with their waterfalls, caves and skiing villages and maybe stop at Torfhaus with views across to Brocken, the highest mountain in the Harz.
The local history Museum has recently been updated and now includes interesting information on Wolfsburg's not always pure history. You get to see how POW's got to dig the canal along the factory to connect the town to the Elbe waterways and how Eastern European women and children and Dutch 'rebellious' students were also working in the factory during the war. There are some gripping stories.
When you have had enough of that, there is the Alt Wolfsburg Castle across the yard and you can cheer yourself up in the cosy 'Alte Wolf' beer house down the road. All this also popular with wedding parties. Alt (old) Wolfsburg was once its own village with a count in the castle but has today grown into something of a leafy suburb and become incorporated with Wolfsburg itself.
The VW Museum in Wolfsburg.
If you're visiting the Autostadt you can get a free shuttle bus to and from the museum.
daily from 10.00 a.m to 6.00 p.m.
(including Sundays and Bank Holidays)
EUR 6,- Adults
EUR 3,- Reduced rate
EUR 15,- Family rate
EUR 30,- Annual ticket
EUR 30,- Tours
(up to 25 persons)
EUR 3,- Group rate per person
(min. 10 persons)
There is plenty of parking if you decide to drive. If you're interested in cars at all it's a fantastic place to visit and it's very well presented.
The building isn't very grand from the outside and you might be forgiven for thinking you were in the wrong place so don't worry. There are no great big signs announcing the presence of the Volkswagen Museum.
Steve has been a fan of Volkswagens all his life and now owns several. We did some research and found that the VW factory has a complex called Autostadt next to it which is a bit of an expo type affair and a homage to everything with 4 wheels and an engine........
Prices and opening hours:
9am - 8pm daily except Christmas and New Year. Adults 14 Euros, Children 6 Euros, Reduced 11 Euros and a family ticket at 38 Euros.
You can also go on a tour of the factory which I think was the highlight for Steve. The only downside to this is that I hadn't learnt much German at that point although I am learning properly now and the factory tour appeared only to be in German so we had to guess most of what was going on.
Factory tours run on car production days only from 9.15am - 4.45pm. I think the cost was included in the day ticket (Tageskarte). No factory tours at weekends.
The VW museum is nearby and there is a free shuttle bus to and from Autostadt (ask at the customer reception desk).
TIP: This is a place still mainly aimed at German visitors I think and you may struggle if you assume that everyone will speak English. There was one English speaking man who happened to be at the customer desk when I was asking about the museum shuttle bus - without him we would have been stuck.
There's an area (#16 in the overview map, "LernPark") close to the main entrance of the Car City where children can have fun while driving small, electrically powered cars. But they are very slow, these miniature cars. That's why the fun factor might not be too high ...
On the other hand, youngsters might get a feeling of what it will be like in real street life with all those crossings, traffic lights, roads signs and stuff. Don't really know, didn't even try to get into one of those little cars ...
By the way, in the back, that's the powerplant of the huge Volkswagen factory.