15 – 18 April 2018 • Wolfsburg, Germany
Wolfsburg has a surface area of 20,405 hectares, which is divided up into 40 quarters and districts. With 385 residents, Old Wolfsburg is the smallest quarter, and the largest is Vorsfelde, home to 12,721 people. In 2013, 123,806 people were living in Wolfsburg, 13,785 of whom are not originally from Germany.
* Mayor Klaus Mohrs has been the city leader since 2012.
*(Source: Stadt Wolfsburg – Referat Kommunikation/ Referat Strategische Planung, Stadtentwicklung, Statistik)
The history of Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg was founded as “Town of the KdF car at Fallersleben” on 1st July, 1938, shortly after the foundation stone for the Volkswagen factory was laid. Following the end of the Second World War, the town was renamed “Wolfsburg” on 25th May 1945, after the castle of the same name. In the years that followed the young town flourished and the VW factory grew continuously. As early as 1955, the millionth VW Beetle rolled off the production line and is a symbol of the German economic miracle of this period. As a consequence of the increase in car production, more and more guest workers arrived; these guest workers had a lasting effect on the cityscape of Wolfsburg. In the course of a regional reform in 1972, Wolfsburg officially grew into a city. The next decades saw the city become ‘more reachable’ for tourists, with motorway access and a connection on the ICE (Inter-City Express train) Hannover-Berlin route making the journey to Wolfsburg much easier. The Ostfalia-Hochschule College for Applied Sciences has also been in Wolfsburg since 1988, an institution that is among the leading providers of engineering training programmes. In a mere 75 years, Wolfsburg has developed from a virtually unpopulated corner of the country into a city with a multitude of opportunities and offers.
Culture in Wolfsburg
Immerse yourself in the cultural offerings and pick out your favourites. Discover worlds of experience and phenomena, see newcomers, worldwide stars and extraordinary events with your own eyes. Change your perspectives and be transformed between spectacular modern architecture and town quarters steeped in tradition. Be inspired by the international atmosphere and surprised by the charming appearance of a young city.
Shopping in Wolfsburg
Take a stroll down a tree-lined boulevard on Porschestrasse, wind your way through shopping centres, specialist shops, boutiques, department stores and shops. The City-Galerie can be found at the heart of the centre, with more than 100 stores under one roof and you’ll find top fashion labels at affordable prices in the “designer outlets Wolfsburg”, the country’s first inner-city establishment of its kind. A more tranquil, yet more atmospheric, shopping experience can be enjoyed in the historical areas of Fallersleben and Vorsfelde, or relax in one of the small street cafés.
Leisure and sport in Wolfsburg
Be it sport, games, fitness or a spot of pampering, the range of leisure activities is unparalleled. The local football team, VfL Wolfsburg, and ice-hockey team, EHC Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams, provide the city with top-notch sport on a national level. Nature lovers can enjoy Wolfsburg’s numerous gardens, boulevards, parks, lakes, ponds and forests, or take advantage of the 140km of bike paths. The vast array of clubs offer a wide range of activities and possibilities for any sports enthusiast.
Wolfsburg’s 130 restaurants and cafés are there to cater to your wishes, whether you are after a little treat or a first class menu. Not only that, but world class chefs, such as Aqua restaurant’s three Michelin starred chef Sven Elverfeld (in the 5 star luxury hotel, The Ritz Carlton, Wolfsburg, located in the Autostadt) are whipping up imaginative dishes at the highest level, just for you. Sven Elverfeld is the only one of nine three star chefs nationwide based in North Germany.