The Grüne Hölle or “green hell” promises more than the nickname
Ever since it was opened in 1927, the Nürburgring has been one of the world’s most demanding and beautiful stretches of tarmac. Many stories and myths are told about the long history of the Eifel race track – as the birthplace of the “Silver Arrows”, venue of the Formula 1 race during which Niki Lauda had his accident in 1976 that also inspired the movie “Rush”, or as the home of the world famous 24-Hour Race. Numerous motorsport events scorch the tarmac every season, with spectators marvelling at all kinds of makes, vehicle types and hp classes, and every fan getting his money’s worth.
But the Nürburgring has even more to offer. As a modern leisure and business venue in combination with the Grand Prix track and the Nordschleife, the Nürburgring provides varied event and entertainment options for business customers, motorsport fans and families alike. It is no accident that the Nürburgring is one of the ten most popular national monuments in Germany today (according to a Forsa survey).
Welcome to the Nürburgring
Thanks to its central location, the info°center is the first place to go and the perfect starting point for a visit at the Nürburgring. This is where visitors get all information on the Nürburgring’s wide range of offers and start their backstage tour behind the scenes of the Nürburgring.
It is also just a few steps away from the interactive motorsport museum ring°werk and the ring°boulevard.
Driving and experiencing
At the ring°werk, the Nürburgring’s interactive motorsport museum, visitors young and old embark on a voyage of discovery and soon feel like real racing drivers. They can look forward to tough competition and action in simulators and fun rides, and while changing tyres during a Formula 1 pit stop. In the modern 4D adventure cinema, they can experience the 24-Hour Race with all their senses, while the multimedia theatre “Green Hell“ is bound to give visitors of all ages goosebumps. The perfect challenge for everybody and with it fun for the entire family is not long in coming.
It is not only motorsport fans who join the Nürburgring backstage tours to get a glimpse behind the scenes. In addition to exciting information, the guides also share numerous anecdotes from almost nine decades of Nürburgring history. Our approx. 1.5-hour tour through the drivers’ paddock, pit lane, pit building, Media Center and VIP terrace turns visitors into real Nürburgring insiders. Highlights of the tour include a breathtaking view of the Grand Prix track from the roof of the pit building, as well as a visit to the podium, where every visitor can take the top step.
The Nordschleife is a legendary race track. It is also reverently called the “Green Hell” because of its highly demanding layout. Visitors can set the wheels of their own cars or motorbikes on this historic stretch of tarmac during the tourist ride sessions.
The 20.8-km track with its 73 turns, crests and steep slopes and grades poses a special challenge to people’s driving skills.
At certain dates the Grand Prix track, which is usually tackled by Formula 1, DTM and Truck Grand Prix drivers, is also open for tourist rides. What is more, visitors can experience a surge of pure adrenaline when taking a seat next to an experienced racing driver for a co-pilot ride around the Nordschleife. The 400 m ring°kartbahn with its fleet of RIMO karts, which meet the latest and highest safety standards, is where people can enjoy driving fun and racing feeling up close. The Nürburgring Offroadpark is another special adventure, offering numerous driving exercises as well as a challenging course over hill and dale and the opportunity to test-drive a variety of offroad vehicles.
Pit stop & refuelling
Visitors who would like to stay the night after an exciting day at the Nürburgring have a choice of various comfortable places on the premises. The Nürburgring offers the right accommodation for every taste and budget: While the LINDNER Hotel Eifeldorf Grüne Hölle offers an atmosphere that is characteristic of the Eifel region, the LINDNER Congress & Motorsport Hotel Nürburgring provides comfortable rooms as well as spacious suites. The LINDNER Ferienpark Nürburgring in Drees, not far from the Nordschleife, with its 100 comfortable holiday homes and numerous special offers for young and old is a real insider’s tip for families, as it is fully geared towards the needs of families with children. The kids will be particularly impressed by the holiday park’s four tree houses, while parents and adults tend to favour a traditional barbecue in a Finnish kota.
This is the perfect way to top off an exciting Nürburgring adventure. Nürburgring visitors, long-term vacationers and travel groups all have a large choice of accommodations both directly at the track and in the surrounding region. The offers range from luxury and wellness hotels to small pensions and campsites.
More than you think
Located in the beautiful Eifel region, the Nürburgring is a mere hour’s drive away from Cologne. The scenic and diverse landscape with its volcanoes, forests and lakes is ideal for hiking and mountain biking. Together with the attractions at the Nürburgring, it offers a colourful bouquet of tourist opportunities that is unique in the world.
Text: Nürburgring ± Photo: Robert_Kah / ELFG / Stefan_Baldauf