The Nürburgring Nordschleife is a world-renowned track and has long been considered the ultimate test for vehicles and drivers.
There are two tracks on the Nürburgring, something which confuses many first-time visitors! Most people refer to “The Nürburgring” as a whole, although there are two circuits: the Nordschleife and the GP Track. Both circuits are adjacent.
The 13-mile course winds its way through the Eifel Mountains in Germany. The “Green Hell” is fast and flowing, but drivers must be cautious due to blind crests and minimal run-off.
The Nürburgring is best accessible by car due to its rural setting. The circuit is well connected by highways and minor roads to all of Western Europe. On racing weekends, local traffic restrictions and diversions are implemented. The Nürburgring's 150,000 spectator capacity includes a huge multi-story car park adjacent to the info centre.
Several companies offer driving experiences on the Nürburgring, from formula cars to luxury supercars. If you want to drive your own vehicle, you can choose between a Touristenfahrten (public driving) session or a track day.
Touristenfahrten sessions are available almost every day and typically cost less, but there are an unlimited number of track users at any given time and you pay an entry ticket for each lap. This is a more casual experience, and you can’t use the entire length of the Döttinger Höhe Straight.
Track days only happen about 20 times a year, but they’re much less trafficked and you pay a single entry fee for the entire day. Track days are more focused, with like-minded drivers, higher performance vehicles, and strict safety briefings.
No matter your choice, driving The Nürburgring is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you’ll quickly want to revisit.