The Autostadt Wolfsburg
“People, cars and what moves them” has been the motto of the Autostadt in Wolfsburg since it opened in 2000. So what moves more than two million people each year to visit the communications platform of the Volkswagen Group? Not only car enthusiasts are attracted to the theme and adventure park, but also art and culture lovers and gourmands as well as those keen on architecture and design. Excursions on the Mittellandkanal with the whole family - whether for an unforgettable day or an entire weekend - are particularly popular. The Autostadt has far more than just cars: it welcomes visitors to the world of mobility 363 days a year (364 days in 2020).
ZeitHaus: the multi-brand car museum
A day in the Autostadt offers so many possibilities: the ZeitHaus is one of the most popular attractions within the automotive theme park. The Car Museum collection features multiple brands and includes approximately 250 vehicles of over 60 different makes: from the Benz patent motorcar model 1 via the Ford Model T and the Bugatti Atlantic right up to the Volkswagen Beetle. The exhibition presents around 100 vehicles which have significantly impacted the development of the automobile. Because both the modern and classic cars are frequently driven in classic rallies and trips, the models on display at the ZeitHaus change regularly. All the vehicles represent milestones in mobility in terms of their technology, design, manufacture or concept.
Extraordinary driving experiences
Visitors can experience the off-road qualities of the Volkswagen Touareg, Amarok, Tiguan and T-Roc as well as the Škoda Karoq and Kodiaq on demanding terrain: obstacles such as water trenches, flights of stairs or an over-dimensioned seesaw on the two all-terrain tracks put visitors’ driving skills to the test and guarantee pure driving fun! The safety training course combines impressive driving experiences with practice in safe driving on wet roads or icy mountains. Sustainable mobility allows visitors to experience a fleet of modern and future-oriented electric models and hybrid vehicles, which can be taken on free test drives.
LEVEL GREEN – The idea of sustainability
How does the way we live today affect the lives of generations to come? The permanent exhibition LEVEL GREEN – The idea of sustainability invites visitors to ponder how we shape our future. The network-style structure of the exhibition space is derived from the familiar PET symbol. It creates a connection between the 26 multimedia and interactive exhibits which tease out the interrelationships between society, the economy and the environment, providing a great deal of food for thought. The various aspects of the sustainability theme inspire visitors to develop their own views on how we can best future-proof our existence.
Good food in the Autostadt: organic, regional and seasonal
Enjoyable and healthy nutrition takes centre stage at the Autostadt. The kitchens in the nine Autostadt restaurants use sustainably produced, seasonal products, virtually all of which are organic. Sustainability, responsibility and awareness of the local region define the Autostadt’s relationships with its long-standing partners. Bread, pasta and ice cream is made fresh every day in the three in-house kitchens. Vegetarian and vegan meals are placed on a par with healthy fish and meat dishes on menus which always offer new taste experiences.
There are three restaurants in The Ritz-Carlton Hotel: the Aqua with its three Michelin stars, where head chef Sven Elverfeld has achieved international fame. The concepts of Terra and Deli are based on the range of food available in the Autostadt – here, too, the produce comes from regional small and micro-enterprises.
Top-class culture and art
The events in summer and winter attract numerous visitors to the Mittellandkanal. The floating island in the harbour basin, live music and interactive formats across the entire park and lagoon landscape create the perfect holiday mood in summer for both children and adults. Finally, at the end of the year the Autostadt is transformed into a magical winter landscape - featuring ice dancing performances, an extensive winter market, real mountains of snow and a large area for ice-skating.
Sustainable park landscape
The Autostadt promotes the preservation of biodiversity in flora and fauna on site and in the surrounding area. A varied outdoor area designed with flowering and grass strips is not only pleasing to the eye, but also ensures year-round food for insects and birds in the urban environment. In this way, the unique park landscape is now a habitat for numerous "exotic native" plants and animals such as butterflies, bees and geese. The park is an example of how biodiversity can be sensibly implemented and sensually experienced in the city.