For decades Wolfsburg has been the home of Volkswagens Worldwide headquarters. More than half of the city’s population finds employment related to VW. To display the entire process necessary to be the World’s largest and leading auto producer VW decided to build Autostadt.
Autostadt is located next to the VW plant which once was a site of a former fuel company. The idea itself originated from their exhibition at the Hannover 2000 World Expo. Since the opening of its main pavilion in May 2000, Autostadt developed into a very smart and beautiful automotive theme park.
There are pavilions for every brand VW operates and the design philosophy, manufacturing process and corporate business are further explained in the biggest pavilion.
Another great feature of Autostadt is that German as well as Belgian and Dutch customers can collect their brand new cars here. Cars are stored in one of two 45 meter high glass silos. In the middle a robot will eventually pick your car from one of the platforms to put it on a track towards the final destination, the customer pick up point. The silos are a real feat of engineering and are open for viewing. We have to say it is actually very impressive. You can even go for a tour inside a transparent capsule that moves all the way to the top. The robot will lift and take you and a guide to a designated platform where you can enjoy the magnificent scenery of the entire VW site. We must advise you to book way in advance, because it is a very popular attraction.
The park extends its experience beyond just cars. There are several workshops and playgrounds for kids. This summer when we were here they offered street performances on several open-air podiums during the day. Additionally two separate circus tents entertain you with very impressive performance acts as well.
Autostadt will not be complete without a top end luxury hotel for individuals who want to visit for more than a day. The Ritz-Carlton provides you with everything you long for. This hotel delivers just the most amazing experience.
The interior of the hotel created by Elliot Barnes is stunning. The use of earth tone colors in the lobby has a soothing effect on you. Designer furniture and the fireplace complement the atmosphere even stronger.
The same feel is transferred to the rooms and suites. These are spacious and have all amenities imaginable. In total it consists of 147 rooms and 23 suites, with views of either the lake with the old factory in the background or on the other side a view over Autostadt itself.
The Ritz has two restaurants, a deli, terrace and bar. Among them is Restaurant Aqua. Run by renowned chef Sven Elverfeld this 3 Michelin star establishment is a popular destination itself. It also holds 19 points in the current Gault Millau Germany. Book in advance here to be sure of a table.
After a day of visiting the VW pavilions you really need to indulge yourself into a moment of relaxation. No place other than the hotel spa will provide you with your every demand. Between 6am and 10pm you can choose one of several treatments. No need for relaxation but want to shed some extra energy instead, your option will be the gym. Well equipped with modern workout machines the panoramic window offers you a view over the docks, outside pool and the VW historic power plant. When you go at night the outside lights will make the view even more intense.
The hotel has an extensive art collection and is also available for meetings and weddings.
We had a wonderful time and highly recommend this amazing hotel. The service is outstanding, the staff is always available and happy to help. With ease one of our favorite hotels!
The Ritz-Carlton Wolfsburg