Sports & Outdoors

Nurburg and the Nurburgring

Germany is noted for having some of the best cars in the world and what better place to watch them race than in Nürburg?

Guide to Nürburg and the Nürburgring

Watch the best cars in the world race in Germany at the Nürburgring

Travelling by Eurotunnel will provide you with a trip that is calm,

fast and convenient in the comfort of your own car – so you will be able to explore all that Nürburg has to offer beyond the race. Just under a 5 hour drive (489.3km) from Calais, makes travelling by car a perfect option (and you won't have to pay for excessive baggage fees from airlines)..

The Nürburgring racing tracks are famous and home to numerous motorsports, bringing motor lovers together each year. Your Nürburg adventure is just a train trip away!


Nurburgring, Grand Prix race track  

The Nürburgring Grand Prix race track was built in the 1920s. However, it was closed down for many years before recommencing business in the 1950s after the World War II when it was in fact home for the Formula One World Championship and the German Grand Prix.

In 1984 new racing circuits were constructed at the complex. Throughout 2007 to 2009 the venue was refurbished to include VIP lounges, grandstands and new box buildings. It used to be just a racetrack although nowadays the brand of Nürburgring, synonymous with racing both in and out of Germany.

The venue has 24km worth of tracks – it is long and famous for holding many motor events such as the European Grand Prix; the famous Formula 1 event uses 5km of the roads.

Annually the tracks will hold more than 300 events - not only motorsports but leisure events such as the "Rock am Ring" concert.

The Event and Tickets

Formula1 1 at the Grand Prix Strecke venue  

Nürburgring is open for several famous motorsport events and only a short walk from the town centre.  

The events tend to be scheduled during the warmer months from late June and run till early September. The most famous race being Formula 1 at the Grand Prix Strecke venue, it is held from 21st July till 24th July and the tickets range from €89 to €399 depending on your seating. Tickets can be purchased online; so remember to book early to save!

Other prestigious events held in the complex are the ADAC Zurich 24-hour race held the 23rd till 26th June which plays host to powerful cars from Mercedes, BMV, Audi and Porsche – in a race that will drive both men and cars to the edge. Tickets are available for a day, a weekend and there are also 4 day tickets, with prices ranging from €24 to €59.

The ADAC Truck Grand Prix is a monster race with high performing US trucks racing against each other. This event is full of astounding stunts in an open space and you can walk through the Fair Park. The park is full of activity where you'll be able to see the trucks mechanics for hard at work. The event will also feature German country and western music, artists such as Gunter Gabriel, The BossHoss, Tom Astor and TruckStop. It is held from the 8th July till 10th July and ticket prices are around €28 for a day pass and €40 for a weekend pass.

DTM (German Touring Car Masters) is another popular event held at the tracks of Nürburgring. Ideal for watching thrilling rear-wheel drive vehicles and listening to the roar from four-litre V8 engines the DTM is a dream come true for any Grand Prix lover. This is event tends to be very much family-friendly and is a great opportunity for all fans of motorsport. In addition to the race visitors will get a chance to see the open pit lane, see concerts, attend autograph sessions and enjoy video walls and fan TV. The event is held from the 5th – 7th August and is one of the cheaper races, tickets for a day are €10 and €20 for the weekend. This is a great option for families looking to try something new or take in an event that is a bit friendlier on the wallet.

The AVD Oldtimer Grand Prix is a classic race where old heritage race against eachother head-to-head. The current rules allow in classic Formula 1 cars up until the year 1961 to compete and will see nearly 600 drivers compete in front of 60,000 other motorports fanatics. This is a great opportunity for any car enthusiast, but definitely a favourite among the class-car lovers.

In addition to the race there is also an open-air museum where you can have a look at the classic cars. The Oldtimer is held on the 12th till 14th August and prices range depending on the day of the week, Friday is the cheapest with 18€ and the rest of the days cost 38€ (58€ for the whole weekend).

Finally, the FIM Superbike World Championship is the only famous motorbike race that is held at the Nürburgring tracks – however, it is definitely a marquee event. The event sees modified versions of bikes that are usually available to the consumer (including a number of well known brands like Ducati, BMW, Honda, etc.) race against eachother and the event in Germany is an important late-season race. The Championship is held from 2nd till 4th September, the admission is free for Friday, Saturday is 29€ and Sunday 39€.

The Nürburgring is a great venue and clearly has a number of exciting races being held all throughout the summer – if you are a big motorsports fan, Nürburg should definitely be on your list of exciting places to visit.


After spending a whole day at the tracks you will definitely want to get a good night's sleep.

Some of the best recommended hotels nearby are the Lindner Congress & Motorsport Hotel Nürburgring. This luxurious 4-star hotel will definitely relax you after a busy day around the village. The rooms are soundproof with free Wi-Fi and a modern spa.

The Dorint Am Nürburgring Hocheifel is another fine 4-star hotel with spa included. Most of the rooms bring a sense of tranquillity and comfort, with a view of the Nürburg countryside.

An excellent 3-star hotel choice is Hotel Am Tiergarten. The best thing of all is its free parking, Wi-Fi and breakfast. It is a family run hotel but very much modern, peaceful and best of all beautiful.

There is a wide selection of hotels and B&B's at Nürburg, whatever hotel you choose to stay in it is advisable to book in advance especially before major events to ensure availability.

Others sights

Rhineland-Pfalz near Nurburg  

The village of Nürburg is a beautiful place to discover – and although motorsports may be all about noise, power and breathing in the sweet smell of exhaust, Nürburg also offers the very best in European countryside and will give you a chance to get back in touch with nature - perfect for those who like hiking, Nordic walking, or even mountain biking.

Are you thinking of visiting during winter? Nürburg also has excellent ski trails for you to practice skiing or snowboarding. There are various competitions and events held there too.

For those who enjoy history there is a castle from the Middle Ages situated in the village. It is the highest castle in the Rhineland-Pfalz region and on a clear day you will be able to see in the distance the Cathedral from Cologne.

Whether you are a huge fan of racing and are eager to see your favourite driver on the track, or whether you are just looking to explore a new part of Europe, Nürburg offers a fantastic opportunity for you to discover nature and motorsports whilst Eurotunnel connects you to the rest of Europe.

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