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Nürburg and the Nürburgring

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 world-famous race track. Just over a 5 hour drive (300 miles) from Calais, travelling by car is the 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 road trip away!

History

The original Nürburgring racetrack was built in the 1920s. However, it was closed down for many years, before recommencing business in the 1950s after World War II.

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

The venue has 24km worth of tracks and is famous for having held many historic motor events such as the German Grand Prix; the famous Formula 1 event took place on a 5km section of the track until 2013.

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

Events

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

The events tend to be scheduled during the warmer months, typically running from late June until early September. The venue is especially famous for its time hosting the German Grand Prix, but many other prestigious events are held in the complex, including the ADAC TOTAL 24-hour RaceADAC Truck Grand PrixNürburgring Drift Cup and the DTM (German Touring Car Masters).

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 hard at work. The event features German country and western music and is typically held in early July.

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. 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 sees 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 all the racing, the Nürburgring also offers numerous driving experiences for fans of the sport, including a driving academy, co-pilot rides, drift training, off-road experiences and even a backstage tour of the venue to see its inner workings.

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.

Accommodation

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

There are plenty of highly recommended hotels in Nürburg, including a number of on-site hotels and a holiday park. The venue is also partnered with numerous hotels in the region, as well as a number of nearby campsites - during especially busy events, the racetrack even turns its own car park into a campsite!

Other sights

The village of Nürburg is a beautiful place to discover and absolutely worth a pit stop. 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 love hiking, 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 wonderfully-preserved Middle Ages castle situated in the village. It is the highest castle in the Rhineland-Pfalz region and on a clear day you can even see Cologne cathedral in the distance!

Whether you are a huge fan of racing and are eager to see your favourite driver on the track, or 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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