The Nürburgring historic race car track has hosted many spectacular races with legendary drivers since its completion in 1927. The 20.8km, 73-curve Nordschleife (North Loop) dates back to the 1920s and was one of the most difficult ever built, earning the respectful moniker ‘Green Hell’ from racing legend Jackie Stewart. With your own car or motorcycle, you can channel your inner Lewis Hamilton on the track nearly every day. See www.greenhelldriving.nuerburgring.de for details.

After Niki Lauda’s near-fatal crash in 1976, the German Grand Prix moved to the Hockenheimring near Mannheim, but in 1995 Formula One returned (in odd-numbered years) to the 5148m Grand-Prix-Strecke (South Loop), built in 1984. The complex hosts dozens of races a year. On select dates, it's also possible to do a tourist drive on the Grand Prix track. Another option is to join a pro driver in a high-performance machine such as a BMW M5 for a 'co-pilot ride' starting at €295; non-race periods only.

The Info°Center is the hub for all things Nürburgring: learn about the circuit, find out all the ways you can go fast, pick up pre-booked tickets and more.

The Nürburgring is off the B258, reached via the B257 from Altenahr. It is 60km west of Koblenz via the A61 and B412.