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Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg
The destination for the social program on August 26 is Volkswagen AG which headquarters in Wolfsburg, a city of about 40 km to the north-east of Braunschweig. The program offers you both a tour through the VW factory and a tour through the Autostadt.
The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. In 2013, the Group increased the number of vehicles delivered to customers to 9.731 million (2012: 9.276 million), corresponding to a 12.8 percent share of the world passenger car market. The Group comprises twelve brands from seven European countries: Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania and MAN. (http://www.volkswagenag.com/content/vwcorp/content/en/the_group.html)
VW factory tour
The factory tour gives you the chance to visit the largest auto plant in the world. Wolfsburg factory is currently producing Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan, Volkswagen Tiguan and Volkswagen Touran. Through the tour, you can gain a direct insight into different production steps of the process how Volkswagen cars are made.
Volkswagen plant (http://www.autostadt.de/en/explore-the-autostadt/aussenterrain/volkswagen-plant/)
To visit the Autostadt is to journey into the world of mobility. To date, two million vehicles have been handed over at Autostadt, which makes it become the world’s largest car delivery centre. In addition, this extraordinary automobile theme- and experiential park has become a favorite excursion destination. Being situated in 28 hectares of parkland, the Autostadt does not only emphasize on cars but also cultural events. The diversity of the parts brings inspiration for art-lovers, high-tech fans, multi-media enthusiasts and those who simply want to relax and enjoy the surroundings. (http://www.autostadt.de/en/ort/our-philosophy/introduction/)
Porsche Pavilion at Autostadt (http://www.autostadt.de/en/explore-the-autostadt/pavilions/porsche/)
Optional tour (Goslar)
The destination for the optional tour on August 28 is Goslar.
Goslar is a historic city which is about 45km to the south of Braunschweig. It is situated at the northwestern foot of the Harz Mountains. The medieval Old Town with the Imperial Palace and the ore mines of Rammelsberg of the city were placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1992. If you are interested in history, then Goslar is the right spot for you. (http://www.goslar.de/english)
World Heritage Rammelsberg Mining Museum (http://www.goslar.de/english/sights-museums/855-world-heritage-rammelsberg-mining-museum)
The ore mines of the Rammelsberg are the only mines in the world which were in uninterrupted operation for over 1000 years, until 1988. The Rammelsberg Mining Museum which documents ten centuries of mining history as well as the mine itself are now open to the tourists from all over the world.
The Goslar Town Hall (http://www.goslar.de/english/sights-museums/856-town-hall-and-hall-of-homage)
The Goslar Town Hall is, indeed, a building of centuries: the construction started with the east wing opening onto the Market Square in the middle of the 15th century and continued over the following 400 years for enlargement. Today, the building is still housing the Lord Mayor’s Office.
Kaiserpfalz Imperial Palace (http://www.goslar.de/english/sights-museums/857-kaiserpfalz-imperial-palace)
The Imperial Palace, built between 1040 and 1050 during the reign of Heinrich III, is a unique secular architecture monument which witnessed more than 200 years of German and European history.