Wolfsburg’s advantageous position in the Braunschweig-Salzgitter-Magdeburg industrial triangle, close to the Mittellandkanal and the planned East/West transport lines of the Autobahn put this previously little-known town on the map.
In the 1930s, Wolfsburg was planned as a model industrial town to house the new Volkswagen plant and its workers. Impressive though it may be, the Volkswagen plant was not the first noteworthy structure in the area. Wolfsburg Castle, built in 1300, is considered to be one of the best-preserved medieval keeps in Northern Germany, and remains a symbolic city center, functioning as an art gallery, museum and historical attraction to the city that carries its name.
Even today, Volkswagen and Wolfsburg are inseparably linked. Volkswagen’s Autostadt is responsible for the city’s rebirth and has paved the way for marvels such as Phaeno Science Center, which along with the world’s largest car manufacturing plant, draws in millions of visitors each year.