The Mittellandkanal and the railway-line (which both existed before Wolfsburg was founded) served as primary drawing factors to put Volkswagen there, and still serve as a rough dividing line with most of the plant north and most of the city south of it.
Wolfsburg's location was seen as advantageous during the 1930s as it sat pretty much in the middle of what was then Germany (albeit a bit towards the North) and had both a major railway and a major canal right next to the VW plant. However, German partition would happen to cut off much of the eastern hinterland of Wolfsburg and to this day the Autobahn connection of Wolfsburg is less than would be expected for a major center of car manufacturing. Wolfsburg also lacks a truly major airport, though VW handles corporate flights through a nearby airfield. According to a tale commonly told by VW workers, the British occupation powers that came after World War II rejected dismantling the plant and taking the patents because they thought the Käfer was a worthless design that would find few buyers and British cars were clearly superior. The Käfer would of course prove to be a major economic success and become the most sold car in the world until overtaken by the VW Golf (its indirect successor), remaining in production until 2001 in Mexico.
By trainThe main line rail station is located at Wolfsburg Hauptbahnhof, Willy-Brandt-Platz 3, and there are regular services to many destinations. There is regular direct ICE service from/to Berlin (in fact some people use the ICE for their daily commute on that route) but for many other connections you'd have to change trains in Brunswick and/or Hanover. There are big parking lots next to the train station and you can easily leave your car there for several days.
Locomore, a private startup which served Wolfsburg on their Berlin-Stuttgart line. Tickets are usually cheaper than DB, but they can not be bought at DB ticket machines or counters. Locomore filed for bankruptcy and ended all services in May 2017. The company hopes to be able to restart services by finding new investors.
By roadBy road simply take junction 5 off of the A39 and head towards Wolfsburg-Morse.
By planeWhile there is an airport (BWE) close by, it is mostly used by VW and thus chances are for most flights you will fly to/from Hanover (HAJ) or Hamburg (HAM). Frankfurt airport(FRA) is also often an option worth considering.
By busRegiojet serves Wolfsburg, while Flixbus surprisingly doesn't. Flixbus does however serve many surrounding cities which are in turn served by public transit options to get to Wolfsburg itself.
Perhaps surprisingly for a city built on for and by the automobile, walking is the best option. Everything is close to each other in the city and the downtown core is largely pedestrianized. Wolfsburg has a public bus system that will get you to most suburbs and outlying parts of town. There is no light rail or tram, but regular rail service also has stops in Fallersleben (technically part of Wolfsburg, but much older) and several other places.
AutoStadtAutoStadt is the home of Volkswagen AG. AutoStadt theme park is a city in itself and offers entertainment, dining, tours, driving, and more. Visit the website to plan your day or days at the AutoStadt in Wolfsburg.
address: Willy Brandt Platz 1A visit is an absolute must. It is a new building designed by Zaha Hadid and is a breathtaking and revolutionary space. While the architecture was a bit controversial with locals at the time of its construction, the museum - focused on science and the likes - is a good place to take the kids to but also a fun place for adults to "toy around" with their inner child, observing and exploring phenomena as diverse as fire tornadoes, brain waves or vacuum.
address: Dieselstraße 35Apart from all the attractions at the AutoStadt, including the Zeithaus, there is also a separate Volkswagen AutoMuseum in Wolfsburg situated somewhat farther afield from the Volkswagen complex.
phone: +49 5361 89025510address: Uhlandweg 2
phone: +49 5361 400Factory tours are organized for customers picking up cars directly from the factory, but participation is possible for the general public availability permitting. Tours are only organized during factory work days (Mo-Fr) and may be unavailable due to various circumstances. Contact AutoStadt customer care in advance to book, or if already on location, the welcome desk on the Piazza. Guests are transported from the AutoStadt to the factory by boat, departing where the Maritime PanoramaTour does.
Maritime PanoramaTourFive times a day, a canal boat departs for an hour's tour of the canals around some of the most prominent buildings on the Volkswagen campus, including the power plant and factory itself.
phone: +49 5361 8903903 (ticket hotline)address: Volkswagen ArenaThe town's first division soccer club that has enjoyed some success in recent years both for their male (German champion 2008/2009) and their female (winner of the UEFA champions league, the German cup and the German championship in 2012/2013) side. Unlike many other German soccer clubs, Wolfsburg does not boast a lot of tradition in fact, the city itself is younger than many other clubs.
Economy TrainingLearn to drive economically with Volkswagen's on-site experts, using less fuel and putting less wear on your car while at the same time becoming more environmentally-friendly. Vehicles are provided for participants on the training course.
Safety TrainingA special course featuring obstacles simulating various hazards on the road is located within the AutoStadt, and various courses are offered with professional instructors teaching participants how to handle those dangers in Volkswagen-provided cars.
phone: +49 5361 893 500address: An Der Vorburg 1Wolfsburg Outlet Shopping Centre is a place to find designer discount brands. They have brand shops such as Diesel, Adidas, Fossil, Nike, Puma, Clinque, Calvin Klein and others.
Brandgehaege retail areaIncludes REAL supermarket which is open from 7am to 11pm (has free WLAN), MediaMarkt and a number of other out-of-town goods and food chains.
address: Porschestraße 45Shopping Mall with the usual cloths chains and a number of budget food outlets.
phone: +49 5361 8670310address: Porschestraße 32Mexican chain restaurant and cocktail bar.
Trattoria Incontriphone: +49 5361 437254address: Goethestraße 53, WolfsburgGood pizzeria.
address: Parkstraße 1, WolfsburgGourmet food on offer from the multi-Michelin star chefs at the Ritz-Carlton. Expect to pay handsomely for the experience.
phone: +49 5366 900address: Zum Kühlen Grunde 2
phone: +49 5361 291809address: Schillerpassage 7small cosy Italian with reasonable priced tasty food.
phone: +49 1573 6938668address: Berliner Ring 12This streetfood style cart might not look like much, but the pizza (made to order with Italian ingredients that the owner imports himself) is certainly worth it.
phone: +49 5361 8486467address: Porschestraße 32
phone: +49 5361 2724711address: Goethestraße 61
phone: +49 5361 207 0address: Rathausstraße 1Ideally located within the centre of the city. In need of refurbishment but service is good, free drinks in mini-bar. Large extension being built next to original hotel.
phone: +49 5361 2700address: Kleiststraße 46Quality rooms. Close to main VW factory.
address: Unter den Eichen 55Great facilities but on the pricey side
phone: +49 5361 60 70 00address: Parkstraße 1This modern Ritz-Carlton is an integral part of the AutoStadt and features a three-Michelin-star restaurant. A Club Level lounge is accessible to residents of upper room categories.
phone: +49 5374 9100address: Eichenpfad 2, IsenbüttelGood sized room and reasonable breakfast. Good restaurant although a little expensive. Ideal location if you want to be out of town, but will need a car.
phone: +49 5361 60900address: Heinrich-Nordhoff-Straße 2
phone: +49 5361 899000address: Willy Brandt Platz 2
- Brunswick close enough for some to commute daily, this town's historical center is a welcome refreshment after the bland architecture of Wolfsburg.
- Quedlinburg is just a short ride on the Autobahn away and can be done in a day trip. Quedlinburg was an important royal residence as early as the 10th century and thankfully survived later centuries pretty much intact.