European Vacation Part 3
VW CAMPER & BUS|June 2019

We continue our jaunt around Europe, this time, taking in the sights, sounds and sausages at the home of VW - Wolfsburg!

Steve Parsons

Aleisurely two hour drive lay ahead of us from Hessisch Oldendorf and after saying our goodbyes to the guys who were heading back to the UK, we hit the autobahn towards our home for the next few days, the Campingplatz am Allersee in Wolfsburg (www.campingallersee.de).

If you are ever planning a road trip to Wolfsburg and you are thinking of camping, then this site must be the one to go for. Situated next the Volkswagen Arena home ground of VFL Wolfsburg (who play in the Bundesliga, the top tier of the German football league) and a stones throw away from the Autostadt, VW HQ and the main train station, it literally is slap bang in Volkswagen exploration territory. At a very reasonable €7,50 per night for a camping plot (Camper, caravan, tent, car) and only an additional €3,50 for electric hook up, its cheaper than your average UK site by a good chunk. Unsurprisingly then, when we arrived to check into the campsite, there were loads of other Brits and their VWs who had also travelled to Wolfsburg from Hessisch for a few days before heading over to EBI (European Bug In) in Chimay the following weekend.

With our event shelter set up, showers had by all and our evening meal cooking away, we had a chilled night reminiscing about the fun we’d had and all cool stuff we had seen over the past few days. That evening over a beer we spoke with a good friend of ours called Steve Hall who was also staying at the campsite, about the possibility of being able to join in with a special tour of the Wolfsburg factory that was happening the next day. Some friends of his had been in touch with the head of marketing at Volkswagen and had arranged for a visiting group to have unprecedented access to areas of the factory not normally open to visitors. This enabled them to drive their air-cooleds right up outside the main office building as well as lunch in the workers cafeteria on condition that the VW PR bods got to take photos and interview a few folk for some future article. We were told there was a limit to the number of people allowed to come along and after chatting with the main organiser he kindly agreed that we could have the remaining slots. What a result!

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