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Wolfsburg
Coat of arms of Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg is located in Germany
Wolfsburg
Coordinates 52°25′23″N 10°47′14″E / 52.42306°N 10.78722°E / 52.42306; 10.78722
Administration
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Urban district
City subdivisions 16 Ortschaften,
40 Stadtteile
Lord Mayor Rolf Schnellecke (CDU)
Basic statistics
Area 204.02 km2 (78.77 sq mi)
Elevation 63 m  (207 ft)
Population 120,493  (31 December 2006)
 - Density 591 /km2 (1,530 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate WOB
Postal codes 38400–38448
Area codes 05361, 05362, 05363, 05365, 05366, 05367, 05308
Website www.Wolfsburg.de
Weser watershed with Wolfsburg (right centre)

Wolfsburg is a city in Lower Saxony, Germany. It is located on the River Aller northeast of Braunschweig (Brunswick), and is mainly notable as the headquarters of Volkswagen AG. Wolfsburg is bordered by the districts of Gifhorn and Helmstedt.

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History

Wolfsburg was founded in 1938 as Stadt des KdF-Wagens (English: City of the KdF Car), a planned town around the village of Hesslingen in the District of Gifhorn in order to house the workers of the Volkswagen factories. During World War II, there were also jeeps, airplanes and other military equipment built, mainly by forced workers and POWs at these factories. The train station of Wolfsburg was built by attorney of Adolf Hitler in order to transport or receive prefabricated parts for military equipment.

In 1945, the city was renamed Wolfsburg after the castle of the same name located in the city, which was founded about 1300 on the bank of the Aller river. Today, there is another castle at the place, which was built after 1600. In 1951, Wolfsburg was separated from the District of Gifhorn, and became an urban district. In November 2003, Wolfsburg was renamed "Golfsburg" for one week to celebrate the 5th generation of the Volkswagen Golf.

Main sights

Centre of Wolfsburg lacks historical buildings, and the sights include new attractions like the Autostadt (a huge open air museum dedicated to automobiles, owned and operated by Volkswagen), a planetarium, the Phaeno Science Center, the largest hands-on science museum in Germany, and an excellent private art museum (Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg) specialised in modern and contemporary art.

The old part of the city Alt Wolfsburg shows some manor buildings in traditional framework style.

With the opening in 2000 of Autostadt and that of Phaeno, as well as restaurants and a Ritz Carlton Hotel, tourism increased.

Sport

The most famous professional sports club in the city is VfL Wolfsburg, a football club that was established in 1945. They are the last German champions, having won the 2009 Fußball-Bundesliga. Hockey team EHC Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams is also based in the city.

International relations

Twin towns — sister cities

Wolfsburg is twinned with:

Associated cities:

Wolfsburg panorama at dusk, viewed from Schillerteich-Center. The red-lit chimneys left of the center belong to the Volkswagen plant.

See also

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

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Wolfsburg is in the German state of Lower Saxony.

Get around

Walking is the best option. Everything is close together in the city.

  • Volkswagen plant.
  • AutoStadt, [1]. AutoStadt is the home of Volkswagen AG. AutoStadt 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.  edit

A visit to The Phaeno Science Centre is an absolute must. It is a new building designed by Zaha Hadid and is a breathtaking and revolutionary space.

  • Sausalitos.  edit

Drink

Die Bar- A friendly spot and a great atmosphere with the most inexpensive drinks in town!

  • Bar Celona.  edit
  • Hotel Ritz Carlton.  edit
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