We just got done being wowed by the Autostadt and that was just the start of many great air cooled VWs for the day. Just a little ways down the street is the VW Auto Museum. From the outside of the museum you would never believe that you are about to see a great collection of cars.
Words almost can’t describe this museum. You start out just by looking around and not knowing which way to go first. Here is a 1943 split window beetle. It was like “Wow!”, “you only see these in pictures.”
Then it was “ooo, look at that oval! Oh my! Look at that one…” It just kept on going and not just with cars there were toys too!
I really had the urge to touch, but I kept my hands in my pockets. Out of all the early cars to see, one of my favorites was the very last Mexican built 2003 Beetle.
It was fun to compare the changes and see what was left alone. There is a Mexican beetle for sale in Denver right now. I have been tempted to go get it…ha ha ha.
Then we saw the Buses. You can’t believe the quality of buses they have. They have a 1949 bus. A 1949 bus!!! That is one of the best VW’s they have there – in my opinion.
There is a red 1967 bus that was great to see. In the US our 67’s had the split window and 68 was the first bay window. What a sight to have a bay window 67!
Then it was fun to see a 1998 bus from Brazil. They still make them there!!!
The Type 3’s were there too. The US never officially got Notchbacks imported in, so they are rare for me to see them. They seemed a little more common in Europe.
They even had a Type 4 Notchback and lots of models I had never even heard of.
Then the museum went into the water-cooled section. Not my favorite but still fun to look at. Early Rabbits and Scirocco’s, then an interesting 4 wheel drive Rabbit Pick-up!
After about 2 hours in the VW Auto Museum we headed to our last stop of the day – The Wolfsburg Castle. The castle is about 5 miles from the Museum. It was just getting dark when we arrived.
There were no signs indicating if it was open to the public and such. We could hear music being played from inside – so we walked through the square court yard, in a door and up a tower. We finally stopped on a floor and discovered the castle is now used as an art museum. The individuals manning the art work were we very happy to see someone and then when they found out that we were American visitors they were very delighted to show us the art work and even showed us rooms of the castle that were still original.
What a day!!! Too bad it went by so fast. It would have been fun to see everything a little slower. You don’t realize at times where you really are. It was hard to absorb that we were really in Wolfsburg and it was that easy to get there. And now it was time to head back home…what a bummer. We plan to return to Germany and explore more of that fascinating country. Hopefully driving in a Volkswagen… see our earlier post about our car.
If you want to see more pictures, see the page on our website dedicated to the Autostadt and the Volkswagen Museum.