Another big attraction of the Autostadt is the tour of the Golf production line. You are not allowed to take pictures inside the factory. If you take the 45 minute tour you ride on a bus that splits open so that you can see the production directly and not through glass. The factory was very clean and pretty much all automated. I think Gina was more interested in pointing out the evidence that they were practicing Lean Manufacturing than what was really going on. We saw the dashboard, windshield, chassis and engine being installed. We thought the bus drove too fast – we would have liked to stayed longer in the factory. Here is a Youtube video of the factory.
You can custom order a VW and then pick it up at the Customer Center. They have a board inside letting you know what time your car is going to arrive.
There are two 20 story high car towers where the custom ordered cars are stored. Each tower can store up to 400 cars. However, the towers were not full.
Two robots in each tower would place and remove cars. You can even ride in a glass box up to the top of a tower as if you were a car.
The views from the top of the tower were great. We got a good look of the Wolfsburg castle which was one of our planned stops this day.
Here are videos of our Car Tower Experience.
Here is a video that made by discovery that has a lot more information and provides a glimpses of areas that the public doesn’t get to see.
The car tower ride was the end of our Autostadt day. Overall it was a great experience. The only disappointment was the lack of souvenirs. We had been going easy on buy souvenirs planning that we would buy many VW things at the Autostadt. We couldn’t event find a magnet that said Autostadt. The only air cooled items were 1:64 model cars that were very expensive, a key chain, and a bus magnet that didn’t say anything about Wolfsburg or Autostadt – I guess it saved us money.
Next time the VW Museum and the Wolfsburg Castle.