The Nürburgring is a motorsports complex around the village of Nürburg, Germany. It is located about 70 km (43 mi) south of Cologne, and 120 km (75 mi) northwest of Frankfurt. It features a Grand Prix race track built in 1984, and a much longer old "Northern loop" track which was built in the 1920s around the village and medieval castle of Nürburg in the Eifel mountains. The old track was nicknamed "The Green Hell" by Jackie Stewart, and is widely considered as the most demanding and difficult purpose-built racing circuit in the world.
Originally, the track featured four configurations: the 28.265 km (17.563 mi)-long Gesamtstrecke ("Whole Course"), which in turn consisted of the 22.810 km (14.173 mi) Nordschleife ("Northern Loop"), and the 7.747 km (4.814 mi) Südschleife ("Southern Loop"). There also was a 2.281 km (1.417 mi) warm-up loop called Zielschleife ("Finish Loop") or Betonschleife ("Concrete Loop"), around the pit area.
Between 1982 and 1983 the start/finish area was demolished to create a new GP-Strecke, and this is used for all major and international racing events. However, the shortened Nordschleife is still in use, for racing, testing and public access.
Routes and Directions to the Nurburging
Routes to Nordschleife from Southern England
• Channel tunnel - 1/2 hour
• Dover to Calais ferry - 1 ½ hours (P&O / Sea France)
• Dover to Bolougne - ¾ hour (Speed ferries)
• Dover to Calais Sea Cat - ¾ hour (Hoverspeed)
Cheap ferry sites:
The average crossing costs do vary considerably,norfolkline Calais to Dunkirk are the cheapest at the moment, expect to pay more for the tunnel and more at peak times such as School/Bank holidays.
If you're struggling to find competitive prices, contact either of these for special deals on Ferry crossings.
Calais to the Nurburgring directions (280 miles approx)
On leaving your chosen channel crossing at either Bologne / Calais or Dunkirk the directions are the same.
1. Exit the ferry / tunnel port and join the E40 heading towards BRUSSELS.
2. Continue on the E40 untill arriving at the outskirts of BRUSSELS.
3. Join the Brussels ring road following signs for LUIK. Be aware this junction can catch you unawares.
4. Follow signs for LUIK round the Brussels ring road.
5. Exit the Brussels ring road following the E40 signs for LUIK.
6. At LUIK get in the left hand lane where the road forks. Continue on the E40 towards AACHEN
7. Continue on the E40 until arriving at the junction for the E42 towards VERVIERS, SPA, MALMEDY. Join the E42.
8. A fuel stop at St Vith Luxembourg well worth a visit to fill up it is the cheapest fuel in Europe.
9. Continue on the E42 untill PRUM. Note there is no fuel on this 50 miles section
10. Exit the E42 at the PRUM exit.
11. At the end of the slip road turn left following signs for GEROLSTEIN. This is a main road, 10 miles along most of the traffic turns left, do not turn left continue straight on, the road becomes the 410.
12. Continue on the 410 through GEROLSTEIN, until you get to KELBERG.
13. At KELBERG turn left to the NURBURGRING.
• Calais - E40
• E40 to Brussels
• E40 to Liege (Luik)
• E40 to junction with E42
• E42 to Prum Exit follow signs to Gerolstein
• Through Gerolstein, Dreis Bruck then Kelberg
• Follow signs to the Nurburgring.
All the roads on the way to the ‘ring' have speed limits which should be followed. In previous years it was possible to push on but countless reports of people receiving hefty on the spot speeding fines has meant the speed limit is now your safest bet.
Link to nurburgring official website and calendar