Autostadt – bilbyen – i Wolfsburg er ikke bare verdens største udleveringscenter for nye biler, det er også et sted med kultur og events, en oplevelsesverden for hele familien og et eksternt læringssted for blandet andet skoleklasser.
I Temaparken, der fungerer som kommunikationsplatforum for Volkswagen-koncernen, kan man opleve mobilitet i alle former. Med stadigt skiftende attraktioner byder Autostadt hele tiden på nye indtryk: Under sommerfestivalen „Cirque Nouveau" fra den 18. juli til den 26. august 2018 forvandles Autostadt til en stor cirkusverden og til et miniferieparadis. I slutningen af året skaber en fortryllende vinterverden den rigtige julestemning. 363 dage om året byder Autostadt sine gæster velkomen i mobilitetens verden.
The Autostadt in Wolfsburg
"People, cars and what moves them" has been the Autostadt slogan since the official opening in 2000. What inspires more than two million people every year to visit the Volkswagen Group communications platform? The automotive theme park attracts not only people with a passion for cars, but also those who enjoy art and culture, fine dining, architecture and design. Family trips to the Mittelland Canal are a popular highlight, whether for an unforgettable day or a whole weekend. The Autostadt offers much more than cars. Open on 363 days each year, guests are invited to come here and discover the world of mobility.
CustomerCenter: Heart of the Autostadt
As the world's largest new car delivery centre, the Autostadt handles a daily volume of up to 500 vehicles. The dream of a new car is fulfilled for hundreds of guests in the CustomerCenter every day. Autostadt staff explain all the vehicle features to make taking delivery of a new Volkswagen a unique experience. The new cars come directly from the glass CarTowers. These 48-metre-high Autostadt landmarks are listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's fastest automatic parking system. The CarTowers Discovery Tour offers visitors a view of the inner workings of the spectacular high-bay storage facility from inside a glass cabin. Customers can take their new car for a spin in the "Ausfahrt" practice area, where they can become familiar with the technical features, try out driver assistance systems, and prepare for the drive home.
ZeitHaus: The multi-brand car museum
A day at the Autostadt offers a variety of activities to choose from. One of the most popular places in the automotive theme park is the ZeitHaus. This car museum's collection includes more than 260 vehicles from over 60 different brands: from the Benz Patent-Motorwagen Number 1 and Ford Model T, to the Bugatti Atlantic and Volkswagen Beetle. The exhibitions feature some 100 vehicles that have significantly influenced the development of automobiles. Since the vintage cars and neo classics frequently take part in rallies and road trips, ZeitHaus exhibits change on a regular basis. All of the vehicles represent automotive milestones in terms of technology, concept, production and design.
Eight brand pavilions: Volkswagen Group philosophy and values
Autostadt visitors will find the latest models in eight brand pavilions. The philosophy and values of each brand – Volkswagen, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Audi, SEAT, Škoda, Lamborghini and Porsche – are presented in a unique way: from functional to playful, spirited or artistic. The exhibits and installations in the buildings are as varied as the vehicle brands. In the Premium Clubhouse – the eighth pavilion – guests experience the Volkswagen Group's high end segment. The imaginatively designed exhibition space currently features a mirrored Bugatti Veyron 16.4.
Driving attractions on challenging terrain
Autostadt visitors can experience the offroad capabilities of Volkswagen Touareg, Amarok, Tiguan and Škoda Yeti on challenging terrain. The two All-TerrainTracks invite guests to test their driving skills with obstacles ranging from water hazards, to a stairway and a giant seesaw. Sheer driving pleasure is guaranteed. The SafetyTrainingCourse combines impressive driving attractions with safe driving exercises on wet road surfaces or slippery hills. A fleet of advanced electric models and hybrid vehicles is available for test driving free of charge, giving guests an opportunity to experience sustainable mobility behind the wheel.
AUTOWERK: Unique insights into automobile production
The permanent exhibition AUTOWERK – Gateway to Production offers fascinating insights into Volkswagen's automobile production. At the centre of the exhibition are seven full-scale sectioned models. Cut from original vehicles, the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, Bentley Flying Spur and Škoda Octavia offer unique perspectives and demonstrate the different stages of production. The exhibition shows the press shop with an Audi A6. Limited series production is represented by the Lamborghini Aventador. Guests encounter the SEAT Leon in the body shop. At the end of the assembly line, the Golf GTI waits in quality control. Media stations offer users a chance to dig deeper into the various topics.
Design Display: How we shape the world
Objects, cities, landscapes, and even our bodies and our thoughts – are all the result of conscious design. The Design Display exhibition shows how much design shapes our lives. It centres on a 19-metre-long glass display cabinet in which two seemingly unrelated objects are juxtaposed. The aim is to encourage visitors to reflect on design and to demonstrate that good design is where daily life and future visions converge.
Level Green – The Concept of Sustainability
How does the way we live today influence the lives of generations to come? The permanent exhibition LEVEL GREEN – The Concept of Sustainability invites guests to explore the development of our future. The exhibition space is based around a net-like structure inspired by the fami- liar plastics recycling symbol. It creates a connection between the 26 interactive multimedia exhibits that encourage reflection and provide background information on the way social, economic and ecological aspects are interlinked. Considering the different aspects of sustainability, guests are inspired to develop their own position on how we can work together for a sustainable future.
Eat well at the Autostadt: Seasonal, regional, organic
Delicious and healthy nutrition is a high priority at the Autostadt. The ten Autostadt restaurants use ecological, seasonal and almost 100% organic ingredients. Sustainability, responsible conduct and a connection to the region define the relationship between the restaurants and their longterm partners. Bread, pasta and ice cream are made fresh daily in the three on-site manufactories. The changing menus give equal weight to varied (with meat and fish), vegetarian and vegan dishes, offering new treats for the taste buds every time.
Three restaurants are located in The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg hotel. Sven Elverfeld is Chef de Cuisine at Aqua, which has three Michelin stars and a global reputation. The concepts of Terra und Deli take their cue from the Autostadt's food selection with ingredients sourced from local small and micro enterprises.
An exciting place for the whole family
Children learn the key elements of a healthy diet at the cooking school in the Autostadt's MobiVersum, a special discovery zone for the whole family. They also learn to make simple dishes and taste just how good home-made food can be. Kids can climb, slide and be active in the tree-high motion sculpture. A collection of unique vehicles present a challenge for guests of all ages who can have fun figuring out how to make them move. Preschoolers and children in grades 1 to 4 can get their Children's Driving Licence in the LearnPark during the summer months. The test includes both theoretical and practical components. Driving an electric mini-Beetle or mini-Porsche at 4 kilometres an hour, they master a track with traffic lights, street signs and zebra crossings. They can do virtual test drives in the driving school all year round.
Educational packages for children and teens
School children learn what Fair Trade means at the Autostadt cooking school. We take a look at cocoa and chocolate and ask about the source of the raw material and the conditions under which it is produced. And does chocolate really make you happy, as it is often claimed? The Autostadt was accredited as an extracurricular learning centre by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Education and the Arts in 2003. The German UNESCO commission designated the Autostadt's educational packages an "Official Project of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development". A dedicated educational department, Lifelong Learning, offers interdisciplinary workshops on the subject of mobility for learners of all levels based on Lower Saxony's Mobility Curriculum. The programme is of course about more than just chocolate – it covers topics like design and technical phenomena that students can try out in a specially designed workshop.
World-class culture and art
The Autostadt's commitment to culture and art is evident all year round. The highlight is the Movimentos Festival each spring, a cultural festival presenting outstanding dance, concerts, readings and drama productions. Artists from around the world captivate some 30,000 visitors each year. Numerous guests also flock to the Mittelland Canal for the summer and winter programmes designed around a special theme each year. A floating island in the harbour, live music, and breathtaking shows throughout the parkland and lagoon landscape create a real summer holiday atmosphere for children and adults alike. Finally, at the end of the year, the Autostadt is transformed into a winter wonderland with ice shows, the large winter market, real snowy hills and a big ice-skating rink.
Architecture and nature in perfect harmony
The Autostadt brings together all the many different facets of mobility – including the notions of progress, ideas and inspiration. This is also reflected in the buildings of the Autostadt. Facades and roof structures made of glass, steel and aluminium are the hallmarks of the elegant futuristic architecture. The striking buildings blend as organically with the 28 hectares of the Autostadt as the natural surroundings. Gardens, water features and bridges shape an inviting parkland and lagoon landscape for guests to stroll and unwind. Well-known architects like Graft, WES & Part- ner have contributed their designs and expanded the master plan created by the architect Prof. Gunter Henn.
A city always on the move
The Autostadt is a one-of-a-kind project that is constantly evolving. There are always new attractions to make another visit worthwhile. More than 37 million people have visited since the official opening in 2000, making the theme park one of the most popular tourist destinations in Germany. Wherever you are in the Autostadt, excellent service is paramount and the customer is always king. Every guest should feel at home, enjoy their time at the Autostadt and look forward to their next visit.
AUTOSTADT CIRQUE NOUVEAU SUMMER FESTIVAL: A HUGE SUCCESS
Autostadt Summer Festival 2017 attracts 340,000 guests
Harbour Stage with 110,000 guests, Garden Stage practically sold out
Final performances for street circus Cirk la Putyka and the Autostadt 'electriCity' production on 20 August
Wolfsburg, 19 August 2017 – Cirque Nouveau – The Autostadt Summer Festival is coming to an end. Until Sunday 20 August, visitors can enjoy breathtaking shows on the Garden and Harbour Stages along with the street circus performances. They can also participate in the hands-on circus. Over the past six weeks, artists from across the globe presented more than 300 shows and transformed the Autostadt into the world's largest Cirque Nouveau festival. Launched by the Autostadt in 2016, the festival attracted a much larger audience in its second year. Some 135,000 tickets were booked for the shows, a significant increase compared to the 109,000 tickets in the debut year. Cool Summer Island and the new water world in the harbour basin along with several other attractions around the park kept visitors entertained. Despite difficult weather conditions, 340,000 guests came to the festival, slightly more than in the previous year.
Autostadt CEO Otto F. Wachs commented: "We are very satisfied with the results of our second Summer Festival. Even though we had many rainy days, the event attracted more guests to the Autostadt than last year. The much larger audiences at the Cirque Nouveau shows tells us that we have put together the right programme for our guests and that our Summer Festival has already become firmly established in its second year."
Ralf Luhnen, Head of Event Development, added: "Our plans worked out perfectly. We celebrated a spectacular six-week Summer Festival with our guests. International artists and performers transformed the park into a living circus world. We also added a real highlight with our own 'electriCity' production."
Featuring exciting shows and ensembles from all over the world, the big stage in the harbour basin provided impressive insights into the fascinating world of Cirque Nouveau. The events kicked off with Urbanatix from Bochum, performing a dynamic crossover of parkour, biking, dance, and music. Cirque Éloize from Canada offered fine artistry in the Wild West style and Circolombia brought South America's beat to the big stage in Wolfsburg. Embedded in a highly poetic show, Nouveau Cirque du Vietnam created a lively portrait of Vietnam in the days of urbanization. Fact or fiction: illusionists from the USA captivated audiences with their magic tricks. During the final weeks of the festival, the Autostadt production 'electriCity' presented on the Harbour Stage received standing ovations.
Performing in the Garden Stage tent, companies including Machine de Cirque, Casus Circus, and Cirk la Putyka joined solo artists Jamie Adkins, Thomas Monckton and others to delight audiences. Danny Ronaldo invited visitors to his nostalgic circus tent behind The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and took them on a journey through his family's enchanting story. He also thrilled the audience with an extraordinary solo performance featuring a small circus rat on the high wire.
The Autostadt park was transformed into a huge open-air theatre for six weeks. Street circus groups including Les Dudes from Canada, Circus Sea, and Compagnie Barolosolo from France showcased their talents several times each day. Guests young and old were invited to test their skills on the climbing net, air-filled jumping pads, and slacklines set up in the park. Those interested in joining the action had plenty of opportunities to practice juggling, acrobatics and clowning in the hands-on circus or at workshops. The floating 'Cool Summer Island' offered guests cocktails, free pedal boats, and relaxation. Tasty drinks and the popular Autostadt ice cream from the on-site manufactory provided a cooling effect on hot days. From ice cream creations made on a cold stone, to iced coffee or soft ice cream with toppings and cotton candy, some 1,000 servings per day were handed over to ice-cream enthusiasts.
SEE CLASSIC CARS UP CLOSE IN THE AUTOSTADT’S ZEITHAUS MUSEUM
The ZeitHaus museum at the Autostadt in Wolfsburg offers visitors an exciting journey into the more than 130-year history of the automobile. The 100 legendary automobiles presented on four floors are in original condition, immaculately restored, or authentically rebuilt. Special exhibitions in the ZeitHaus regularly feature new and interesting themes related to the long-standing relationship between man and the motorcar. They focus the viewer's attention on remarkable details, background information, endearing attributes, or critical aspects.
One of the most fascinating things about the ZeitHaus is that it is not limited to vehicles manufactured by the Volkswagen Group. The multi-brand car museum presents a collection of automotive milestones – irrespective of origin or creator's reputation. After all, progress in the automotive world can be attributed to many different car manufacturers. Ingenious designers have traditionally strayed from familiar paths to set groundbreaking new goals. This is not only true for automoti- ve technologies. In the history of the automobile, milestone innovations have been achieved by entrepreneurs who introduced new production techniques, market analysts who created new product concepts for new target groups, and designers whose streamlined creations were far ahead of their time.
The ZeitHaus places the history of the automobile in context and brings industry milestones together under one roof. It chronologically arranges new concepts and explains their impact. Instead of simply placing objects on display, it clarifies their interrelationships in a unique automotive experience. The presentation is divided into two parts. In a series of changing exhibits, the "Corpus" focuses on different priorities in automotive history. Created by Vienna-based artist Peter Kogler, the arrangement merges contemporary art and classic automobile design to give the remarkable collection a uniquely innovative appearance. The exhibition space is divided by large sculptures that inspire the perception of interactive forms. Reflected on the surfaces of the milestones on display in the ZeitHaus, these monumental objects with their organic contours makes the cars appear like sculptured works of art.
In contrast, the classic cars presented in the ZeitHaus "Rack" resemble precious jewels set in a glass case. While the automotive treasures in many museums can only be admired from a distance, the Autostadt offers visitors a chance to experience classic cars up close. There are no barriers to prevent a detailed, 'inside' look at the historical gems on display.
The cars exhibited in the "Rack" are regularly swapped with other vehicles in the Autostadt collection. In line with the saying, "If you don't use it, you lose it," the cars are routinely checked to make sure they are still roadworthy. This also gives classic car enthusiasts a chance to see some of the Autostadt's historical treasures in action. Most of the ZeitHaus vehicles are regularly taken on tour to demonstrate their drivability on the road – just like the original designers intended. The cars are put to the test at events sponsored by German magazines "auto motor und sport," "Motor Klassik," and "Auto Bild Classic." Horch and Cadillac, Bentley and Chevrolet, VW Beetle and Golf compete in classic car events, including the Silvretta Rally in the Austrian Alps, or the Saxony Classic from Zwickau to Dresden with side trips to the Czech Republic. Each year, ZeitHaus models from Porsche, Volkswagen, BMW, and Karmann-Ghia are entered into the Hamburg-Berlin Rallye and can even be found on winding mountain roads in Italy's Trentino Classic Rally sponsored by the ADAC.
GUARANTEED FUN IN THE SNOW: WINTER WONDERLAND AT THE AUTOSTADT
• Winter Wonderland from 1 December 2017 to 7 January 2018
• 6,000 m2 ice rink, 1,100 m2 snow world
• Four ice shows every day: "Skate around the World"
• Winter market with more than 20 stalls, large "Hüttenzauber" lodge and
Wolfsburg, 3 November 2017 – The Autostadt in Wolfsburg again has numerous highlights in store to brighten up the dark time of the year. From 1 December 2017 to 7 January 2018, visitors can enjoy the winter wonderland against the imposing backdrop of the four illuminated chimneys of the KraftWerk (power station), glowing like giant Advent candles. A festively adorned Christmas tree towers over the winter Christmas market with its exclusive gift ideas and culinary delights. Guests can skate on the 6,000 m2 ice rink or play a round of Bavarian curling. Children can romp and sled in the snow world to their heart's content. Professional ice skaters present shows four times a day with musical journeys to distant lands.
Autostadt CEO Roland Clement is looking forward to his first winter at the Autostadt: "Advent is a time for joint excursions and shared experiences. The winter wonderland offers a wide range of activities for families with the entire park bathed in festive light. I would like to wish all our visitors five eventful weeks at the Autostadt."
The "Skate around the World" ice shows take guests on a journey to all five continents. Local traditions, music and lifestyle come together in entertaining choreographies on ice against a backdrop of film scenes and animations on a giant video screen. The 15-minute shows are performed four times each day (Show A at 17:00 and 19:00 h, Show B at 18:00 and 20:00 h), with more than 50 choreographies in total. The shows change each Sunday. People inspired by the ice shows can work on their own technique on the 6,000 m2 ice rink or book an individual coaching session with one of the professional skaters. Ice skates, skating aids for children, and curling equipment is available for hire. The 1,100 m2 snow world is a winter's delight for the youngsters. From making snowmen and trying out different toys, to hurtling down the slope on a sled, the options are many and diverse. One thing's for sure: Whatever the weather this winter in northern Germany, snow is guaranteed at the Autostadt.
The large winter market is the perfect place to stroll and relax at the end of the day. Gorgeous decorations and carefully selected gift ideas, tasty punch, or hearty meat from the spit – there's something here for everyone. New attractions include the smoker stall with delicious pulled pork and freshly made beef burgers.
The charming Hüttenzauber lodge at the edge of the ice rink is a popular place to celebrate in style. Guests can enjoy hot tea with rum and après-ski hits in the lively atmosphere of the oversized cabin. The day draws cosily to a close around the crackling fire in the alpine chalet where the staff of the Autostadt restaurants operated by Mövenpick serve winter treats, including hearty meat dishes, desserts, and delicious vegan fare. The winter theme continues at the Pizza AMano and Lagune restaurants, calm places to relax away from the winter hustle and bustle.
Murder mystery fans will be enthralled this winter by the popular "Murder on Board" readings presented by Roland Kalweit. He will be joined by guest actors on the MS Hanseblick on 7, 14 and 21 December for readings of some of the most exciting crime novels in world literature.
There are also two winter workshops for children and young adults. Children aged eight years and over can bake and decorate their own shortcrust biscuits in the "Little Cookie Factory". Over-twelves have the opportunity to create unique Christmas decorations in the "Programming Christmas tree ornamentation" workshop. They solder LEDs on prepared circuit boards and programme the lights to light up in words like "Merry Xmas" and "Christmas".
Autostadt guests need a valid day ticket or annual pass for the ice show and winter market. Evening tickets for €7 are valid from 16:00 h and include a voucher for the equivalent value redeemable in the Autostadt restaurants operated by Mövenpick or at the winter market. Admission to the ice rink and snow world is free of charge. Registration for the "Little Cookie Factory" workshop is directly at the Autostadt, registration for the workshop "Programming Christmas tree ornamentation" is via the Autostadt ticket shop. Complete information is also available online at www.autostadt.de and #autostadtwinter.
1 December 2017 – 7 January 2018 (the Autostadt is closed on 24 and 31 December) 6,000 m2 ice rink: daily from 10:00 to 22:00 h 1,100 m2 snow world for children under the age of 12: daily from 12:00 to 20:00 h Cosy alpine hut: daily from 12:00 to 22:00 h
Winter market with 26 wooden stalls: daily from 12:00 to 22:00 h Chimneys of the Volkswagen KraftWerk (power station) illuminated as giant Advent candles "Skate around the World" ice shows daily at 17:00, 18:00, 19:00 and 20:00 h (approx. 15 minutes each)
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