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Visiting the nürburgring - things one needs to know?

Discussion in 'Chit Chat Room' started by Salad Fingers, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. Salad Fingers

    Salad Fingers Simracer

    What would an amateur need to know about visiting the ring and driving around in the track?

    When is it open to amateurs, how much is the price, how long does it stay open, can one keep doing lap after lap or is there waiting involved in the pits?

    Is there a hotel to stay at the track for someone that intends to spend few days there?

    Is there a good period to visit, to maybe catch a race then also drive, in a period of about a week?

    Do they still rent that sweet little Renault Clio Sport?

    Does one need a racing license or will a road driving license do too?

    And finally, would one need an extra pair of underpants for the Flugplatz? :)

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  3. Maxidyne

    Maxidyne Hardcore Simmer

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  4. bondyboy

    bondyboy Alien

    There is a pretty good hotel on track - The Dorint

    and if you pay extra for a balcony then you'll have this view from your room:-
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  5. Skybird

    Skybird Alien

    "Visiting the nürburgring - things one needs to know?"

    Well, look left and right before crossing the street.

  6. Salad Fingers

    Salad Fingers Simracer

    Hahaha, funny answers :)

    Thanks for the link, I failed at googling this time around. Checking it out!

    edit: Damn that view looks nice. I hope it's not too expensive.
  7. Ferdi

    Ferdi Hardcore Simmer

    Best and most honest advice I can give you... for a first timer, don't even consider looking at lap times. Get a feel for the track (and the car if rental) first, take it very easy.


    There are quite a few hotels in the area, just google for hotels in Adenau and the Nurburgring area, should come up with plenty of hits.

    Naturally during the prime season (june/july/august/september) the track will be packed as long as the weather is good. Sometimes the track will open for about 2 to 3 hours after the iPool finishes their day to day business, those are the best moments, but hard to predict. Also be aware of German holidays or festivities.

    RSR Nurburg still offers the car for rent, not entirely sure about other companies but given the popularity of the car there's bound to be a few that still have them.

    Normal driving license will do.

    That depends on your own driving :D

    A final and important note: If you decide to take your own car out for a spin, make sure to check your insurence. Some insurance companies outright ban the Nurburgring so you might want to read up on it or contact the company you're with.

    Hope this helped.
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  8. ears1991

    ears1991 Alien

    Stayed at pension zimmer and could see the practice going on for the vln race whilst eating breakfast, and the castle from bedroom window. was cheap but I don't think the owner spoke much english.

    What are you planning to drive?

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  9. rafikens1000

    rafikens1000 Racer

    nurburgring, I will do it! And I mean staying there for one night for sure!

    Good Luck!
  10. Salad Fingers

    Salad Fingers Simracer

    Oh for sure, I wouldn't even bother with lap times. Just want to enjoy driving there for real after all those years I've fallen in love with the track.

    It sure did, thanks!

    Not sure about that, I was looking mostly into renting a car because I don't want to worry about wrecking my own tires and stuff. I don't plan to drive very fast so I don't worry about damaging the car either, but you never know eh? I will be there with a friend and we will either each get our own car or get one and swap places each lap etc. Price will be a big factor of the final choice, but we don't want anything too fast, we aren't that experienced with faster cars and this being green hell I think some modesty is required.
  11. Minolin

    Minolin Staff Member KS Dev Team

    You need to look for tourist drives. Your best bet would be to aim for a full race weekend: Fr+Sa VLN (by far the best visitor experience that includes Nordschleife) + Sunday tourist drive. Unfortunately you're late this year, this weekend there is a VLN but no more tourists.
    Tourist drives are either on the GP layout (15mins = 25€) OR Nordschleife tourist (1lap = 25€), dependent on the event type.

    AFAIK there are no real amateur races where you just can jump in without education/licences, but doing the required trainings should be fun and racing as well. The "touristenfahrten" are the exception here, just a streetvalid car and licence required.
    Flugplatz and some other track segments have non obligatory speed limits (down to 80 kph), so no need for more than 3 extra pants required.

    There are some hotels, but they take up 300€ per night (event dependent, Dorint @ VLN is around 160, this is what @bondyboy showed off - I'd guess 3rd floor?). Pensions are fine as well and take around 20-35€/night. The one I know doesn't talk english well, but the same applies to german :D If the weather is good camping is very cool there as well.

    For renting a car you should look for RSR. Maybe a GT86? :)

    Important: Don't underestimate the weather conditions in the Eiffel. It's gonna be ****ing cold now. You can easily have sunshine, heavy fog and rain across the track at the same time. For your own safety/health I would maybe visit the VLN weekend now, but wait for summer times regarding personal track experience.
  12. ears1991

    ears1991 Alien

    Cool, I used rsr and got Clio rs200 and it was awesome. Rsr were great, but their insurance excess is very high, there was another company that did rs200 and gt86 for similar up front cost but half the excess. Think it was rentforring or something, they only have 4 or 5 cars on their site, I'll look it up if you're interested

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    Edit it was rentracecar
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  13. mistery

    mistery Hardcore Simmer

    You can rent other mildly hot cars for the ring too. http://rent4ring.de/en/ these guys put up some mad little Swift Sports with proper brakes, wheels and suspension work for the rigors of the Ring. 130 hp should be enough for beginner laps methinks :rolleyes:
  14. Salad Fingers

    Salad Fingers Simracer

    So you think it would be better to hold off until next year or summer time later this year? Good tip about the 3 extra pants, heh. GT86? They rent those bad boys? I'd surely want to try one, I've never driven one before and getting into it in the ring?? Nerdgasm. Lastly, yes I didn't even think of joining actual races, just the regular tourist thing they do. I would never even think of racing there before I somehow put quite a few laps down and with quite a few cars. But the training sounds fun, do you get anything in return if you complete it?

    edit @ears1991 It's alright I will look them up myself, there's some fun in that too :) Thanks though
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2015
  15. Horst1

    Horst1 Simracer

    Drive on the right side of the road, overtake on the left. Overtaking on the left is mandatory, the Straßenverkehrsordnung is still in place there during trackdays. So be nice and go to the right if a faster car is aproaching. Dont be an uninformed tourists and give attention to the local rules. Its not rare that tourists come to Germany to drive like absolute maniacs ... and we have to clean up the mess afterwards lol.
  16. Minolin

    Minolin Staff Member KS Dev Team

    Depends on how far you have to travel and stuff.. I always say we visit the ring and VLN as often as possible, because I don't know how long it will be available.
    But if you don't plan to do this several times you should wait for early or late summer, it's like a dream then.

    You get some licence stuff that is requirement for the next licence :D
    But you also are really educated and taken care of.. On a tourist drive you are alone on a dangerous track with a lot of idiots. It isn't that far away from what you can see on public simracing. Yes it's cool, of course. Personally I prefer to wait for a bike only GP tourist event, and even this scares me.
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  17. Kristaps

    Kristaps Alien

  18. Lawndart

    Lawndart Hardcore Simmer

    Yes, it's a bit late in the season, I think they had frost already this year.

    I went with RSR and got a Clio, and I stayed at the inn next to the castle. I believe Martin was the guy's name.

    It was a trip of a lifetime. I don't think I spent more than 1500 US Minus flight and retail car to the ring, but this was back in 2011.

    Be carful of renting a car just to get to Nurburgring, I spent 1.5 years disputing the fact that I did NOT take the airport rental on track. Thank you American Express.
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  19. bondyboy

    bondyboy Alien

    It was the 4th or 5th floor (I asked for top floor) and yes about the right price, I paid 169€ - cracking breakfast though
  20. Minolin

    Minolin Staff Member KS Dev Team

    5th? Probably not, angle looked more like 4th. But yes, the breakfast has to be mentioned explcitly. Overall pretty much worth the money, although 160€ is really crazy for a few hours in a medium bed (and you can have the bad luck to pay the same price for a room on the other side :( ).
  21. Look in the mirrors often:)
    Seriously, if possible for you, i strongly recommend driving there during the week, not the weekends.
    Far less traffic (except for the locals, which usually know what they are doing), far less idiots, far less potential for disaster:

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