Getting to Wolfsburg, Germany

I arrived by train from Berlin. There are trains running roughly every hour from 9:00 to 21:00 (leaving Berlin Zoological Garden Station from 05:30 to 18:00). The best bet is to make one of the ICE connections to Braunschweig or Magdeburg, where a local trian continues in to Wolfsburg. The trip from Berlin takes takes about 3.5 hours. From Frankfurt, it takes anywhere from 3.5 to 6 hours, depending on the class of train you get. Again the ICE is the fastest, with connections in Braunschweig or Hannover. Trains leave Frankfurt main station from 05:00 to 24:00, arriving from 08:30 to 06:00. There is at least a train every hour.

Once in the train station, signs direct you to either the factory or the VW new car pickup facility (!). There is a Holiday Inn in town and various small hotels/inns including one named after Dr. Porsche himself. I stayed at the Holiday Inn which has nothing to recommed it except there was information on it online (I forgot to bring a guidebook). Others had reported it was cheaper to book the Hotel in the US, but I found a substantially lower rate by reserving via the German reservation phone number. I would appreciate email, reviews, and contact information for lodging in Wolfsburg from anyone who makes the trip. (There are some Reader-submitted tips on another page here.)

For train information via Braunschweig, check out this page with the Wolfsburg --> Braunschweig train schedule on it. This link has the Braunschweig --> Wolfsburg train schedule. Here is Berlin --> Braunschweig and Braunschweig --> Berlin. If you're travelling via Frankfurt, here is the Frankfurt --> Braunschweig schedule and the Braunschweig --> Frankfurt schedule. To and from other cities and Braunschwieg, look at the Braunschweig Schedule page.

If your German is good, I am told you can find full train schedules via Germany.Net. Since my German isn't, please let me know what you find there.

Wow!I just realized I hadn't included this link to the German Rail System. It's in German and there is an English link button as well. I am told there are also some neat ticket packages you can get that allow multiple people to travel the entire weekend, but only on regional trains (RE, RB and S trains). OK, that's not quite like an ICE, but the price (35DM as of Dec 1997) is worth trying.

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