I went to the factory today, and all i can say this this thread is amazing. They wont let you take pics, but these ones in this thread a great.
I remember seeing pictures of Corrados being built @ Karmann the same way. Doesn't say much for the process of hand-building.
The story of how i finally screwed over VW
So my collegue and I go to this place, everything I read on it online said free tours 7 days a week. So we get there and i walk by the greeter at the entrance, he finally gets my attention and tells me i have to pay 4 Euro to get in, no signs mind you saying any of this. We walk around the first floor checking out a couple displays and you can see alot of nearly finished cars through the glass. I see people on the upper floors.
So I ask a security guy how I get up there and he points to a tour group and says something else. I walk over and join the tour group in the back. I go through the whole tour, which was GREAT. Not the tour guide becuase I don't have a clue of anything he said i dont speak German, but the chance to see up close how these cars are built and every stage along the way. They build the Phaeton and Bently sedan there. Towards the end of the tour we go back down stairs and thats when the guy i am with (speaks german) says, " They are going to have brunch after this, I think this was a paid tour." I had seen enough so we just left and had lunch in dowtown Dresden. Apparently all those people had paid 90 Euro to take the tour and have lunch. I was wondering why the guide kept giving me dirty looks.
Oh well they owe me
I single-handedly created 6 VW owners in the last couple years.
If you are into mechanics, manufacturing, etc then this is a must see.
I have worked on machines my whole life and this place is amazing, I almost want to submit an application.
Then on the way back we stopped at this track the Eurospeedway in Lausitz
I was hoping to get a few hot laps in the Opel wagon TDI but they had motorcycle practice. They do let you out in your car for a few $$ a lap like the Ring. They also do a bunch of 1/4 mile drag racing there too, I got the schedule for future trips
Modified by brilliantyellowg60 at 12:45 PM 8-13-2006