Widely regarded as the top business location in Lower Saxony, Wolfsburg is the fifth biggest city in the state. The population is around 123,000 and the city is about 143 miles west of Berlin and 47 miles from Hanover. The castle, from which the city takes its name, is first referred to in 1302 but the city itself was founded in 1938 specifically to house automobile workers who would build the Volkswagen - people’s car. During the Second World War, military vehicles, as well as airplanes and assorted military equipment were built at the factories around Wolfsburg. The city made its name with the mass production of the Volkswagen Beetle and automobile manufacturing remains very much at the heart of things. Expats living in Wolfsburg will find it to be a thoroughly modern city although buildings in the traditional manor style can still be found in Alt Wolfsburg, the old part of town. True to its name that translates to “wolf’s castle”, the city emblem is of a castle with a golden wolf over the battlements. Expatriates in Wolfsburg interested in the local history should visit the Stadtmuseum, where they can learn more about the city's history, from when the Volkswagen plant was founded, to the present day.
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Expats moving to Wolfsburg can always check out the InterNations’ forums and content section for some trusted advice and tips about moving home or about other aspects of expat life in Germany. As you’d expect, infrastructure and facilities are excellent for a city that was built relatively recently and Wolfsburg is easily accessible by both road and rail. The main line rail station has regular services to many destinations. One of the main attractions is the Autostadt – Car City – a visitor destination which gets some 2 million visitors a year. Not surprisingly, automobiles take center stage in this local attraction which includes a museum, a cinema, and more. Visitors can also take a guided tour of the enormous VW factory and learn about the evolution of roads. The Phaeno Science center is another attraction and claims to be the largest hands-on science museum in Germany.
Thanks to the thriving automobile industry, Wolfsburg is considered to be the richest city in Germany and the automobile plant is one of the largest in Europe. An expatriate working in Wolfsburg, however, need not fear that it will be all work and no play. There are plenty of sport facilities and the VfL Wolfsburg is the main football club that has made history when they won the national title in 2009; an achievement which was marked by a street party attended by 100,000 locals. The city also has an ice hockey team and a tennis tournament – the Volkswagen Challenger – is held annually. And in case you are looking for fellow global minds and expats in Wolfsburg to spend your leisure time with, why don’t you join InterNations? The platform provides expatriates not only with all kinds of information and advice about living and working in cities around the world, but also with plenty of opportunities to network and socialize with fellow expats.