Arriving in Wolfsburg by train, the first thing you see is an enormous, almost surreal, VW emblem on a building in a scene that could have come from Fritz Lang’s classic film Metropolis. This is part of the Volkswagen company’s nation-sized global headquarters. Wolfsburg is indeed a company town, and because of this it also has an earthy, working-class atmosphere that sets it apart from other cities in the region.
Volkswagen is the world’s second-largest vehicle manufacturer, and about 40% of Wolfsburg works for it. As well as the hugely successful Autostadt theme park, the town boasts a Phaeno science centre, a sleek piece of futuristic architecture by celebrity architect Zaha Hadid.