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Family Vacation Fun

When it comes to planning a family vacation, Wolfsburg is the ultimate kid-friendly destination, and
The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg’s central location makes exploring the city a stress-free endeavor. Just steps from your hotel room, discover the sprawling Autostadt campus — an experience that will delight lifelong car lovers and new admirers alike. For a well-rounded trip that satisfies the whole family, be sure to make time for some relaxation in the pool with the whole family.



  • Jump-start Your Day.

    Begin your trip with the most important meal of the day at Wintergarden restaurant Hafenterrasse. Enjoy a superb buffet breakfast, that includes homemade German bread, pastries, fresh fruit and hot items cooked to order, paired with your choice of coffee, tea, juice or champagne.

  • Buckle Your Seat Belts.

    Each year millions of visitors flock to the Autostadt pavilions to explore the technology and innovations of the Volkswagen Group brands. The state-of-the-art museum campus and Volkswagen factory have many auto experiences perfectly suited for lifelong car enthusiasts and little ones alike. Popular exhibits include the children’s driving license simulator (for ages 5 to 11), the scientific 3-D Cinema and workstation and the Motion Sculpture play area.

  • Fuel Up.

    Grab a bite at Tachometer in the Autostadt Customer Center. The restaurant is known for their famous VW Currywurst — the company’s signature curried sausage — and a delicious selection of quick bites and sausages. Choose a seat by the window to enjoy your meal over a panoramic view of the Autostadt grounds.

  • Hit the Road.

    A short distance away is the original Volkswagen Museum. The collection includes one of every Volkswagen model ever produced, as well as tradeshow concept models and design studies. With over 130 cars on permanent display, and an ever-changing program of events, this is a must-see destination for travelers of all ages.

  • Full Stop.

    After a long and busy day, treat yourself to the ultimate hotel indulgence: room service. Let the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg serve dinner right to your door and enjoy a family movie while relaxing in bed.



  • Feast Like a King.

    Head over to the Autostadt campus to enjoy a seasonal breakfast buffet at Lagune. The lively marketplace atmosphere and made-to-order counters will please even the pickiest of eaters.

  • Crown Jewels.

    Take some time to explore the well-kept grounds of the medieval Wolfsburg Castle. The fortress is over 700 years old but has been repurposed into an art and history museum where you can learn about German knights and noblemen.

  • Knights of the Round Table.

    Next to the castle, the restaurant Schlossremise is the perfect place to bring the family for a delicious meal in a magical setting. The rich European entrées and Old World ambience will transport you to another era. And while the kids are treated to a piece of chocolate cake for dessert, adults can choose a glass of wine off the restaurant’s fine wine list.



  • Picnic in the Park.

    Before you leave the hotel, pack some sandwiches and treats from
    The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg’s Deli to enjoy alfresco. There is no shortage of green space or picnic tables to choose from at Allerpark. After lunch, the kids can spend the day sampling a wide range of outdoor activities, including Frisbee golf, boating, monkey-man climbing garden, volleyball or practicing tricks in the skate park.

  • Splish Splash.

    Inside Allerpark, spend the rest of the afternoon at Badeland, an indoor/outdoor water park. Younger children can splash in the kiddy pool and float down the lazy river, while older kids can enjoy the wave machine and zoom down the slides. Even if it’s cold outside, the heated indoor pool and saunas make it an ideal activity for all seasons.

  • Catch a Football Game.

    Enjoy Germany’s favorite pastime at the Volkswagen Arena. It’s especially great for a rainy-day activity — the membrane roof keeps all 30,000 seats protected from the elements. Whether this is your first professional soccer game or your hundredth, the electric energy of the game will keep you on the edge of your seat all evening.



  • Worldly Wonders.

    Budding scientists of all ages will delight in the interactive exhibitions Phaeno Science Center has to offer. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by the site’s modern construction — it looks like a spacecraft about to take flight. Once inside, explore natural phenomena such as tornados, geysers and luminous gases at your own pace.

  • Out to Lunch.

    The Beefclub is considered one of Wolfsburg’s best restaurants and for good reason. The menu features dishes made from beef supplied by German organic farms and fresh ingredients from local purveyors.

  • Swim Upstream.

    Take the afternoon off from exploring the city and enjoy some leisure time by the hotel’s floating pool, situated directly in the harbor basin. The kids will enjoy swimming in the heated water and spotting the floating tree islands in the distance.

  • Relax and Recharge.

    Treat yourself to a signature Bentley Afternoon Tea at
    The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg, complete with fresh scones, tea sandwiches and other offerings from Patisserie Allon.



  • The Final Frontier.

    For an out-of-this-world experience, head over to the Wolfsburg Planetarium for the Stardust Symphony. The show combines music with otherworldly projections to illustrate the miracles and magnificence of the universe.

  • Animal Encounters.

    Just 20 minutes outside of Wolfsburg is the Essehof Zoo. The park is home to over 260 animals that range from rare domestic breeds to more exotic creatures from Africa, South America and Australia. Be sure to stop by the petting zoo, where visitors can feed the animals for an additional fee.

  • A Family-Style Feast.

    The comforting home-cooked offerings at Pizza Amano are the perfect way to close out your family vacation. The kids will delight in kneading their own dough and building a pizza to their liking. Whether you choose the risotto or the lasagna, every dish is a crowd-pleaser.