Overall the year 2020 pretty much sucks…
However, the one good thing about this year, is the Nürburgring is back on the Formula 1 schedule, to host the Eifel Grand Prix.
This race track is hallowed ground for Formula One fans. Very similar to the Old Course in St Andrews or Fenway Park in Boston, the Nürburgring is one of a kind. It is the undisputed jewel in crown of Motorsport.
Below is the ultimate travel guide for the Nürburgring and what you should expect when you attend the Eifel Grand prix:
Quick Facts – Nürburgring
- First Grand Prix – 2014
- Circuit Length – 5.148 km (3.1988)
- Lap Record – 1:28.139 – Max Verstappen (2020)
Nordschleife & “The Green Hell”
The modern day Eifel Grand Prix will be held on the Gp-strecke, which adheres to all the safety regulations of the FIA.
The original course, however, is what gives this venue its reputation. Formed in the 1920’s, the Nordschleife or “North loop” is laid out around the village and medieval castle of Nürburg in the Eifel mountains.
Nicknamed “The Green Hell”, legend has it, that the Nordschleife has taken the lives of 200 drivers over the past one hundred years. Professional racing events are still held on this dangerous track and tourists are allowed to cruise around in their own “race cars”, following a few speed limits of course…
Why Travel to the Nürburgring?
I hate to be cliche or beat a dead horse, but a visit to the Nürburgring is ultimately like traveling to see the Old Course in St Andrews as a golfer or Wimbledon as a tennis player. If you don’t, you will have a gapping whole in your resume as an F1 fan.
Motor sport racing to its core is extremely dangerous, this in effect, is why we love it so much. You must visit the most dangerous circuit in the world to truly appreciate the soul of what Formula One racing is – a great risk that can produce unparalleled reward.
Grandstands & Hospitality
The Bilstein stand provides a fantastic view of turn one, which is one of the main overtaking points at the Nürburgring. Naturally, the hilly landscape of the region allows this racing venue to stand out as one of the top spots for F1 spectators.
Another top spot is stand 8, which forms a natural amphitheatre around the bottom hairpin. The circuit also has an amazing VIP ticket option that gives you access to club lounges, food, drinks and paddock access.
Food & Travel Options
The circuit is a bit off the beaten path, but recommended cities for accommodations would be Cologne (1 hour drive) or the charming city of Heidelberg (2 hour drive). Frankfurt would be the closest but it wouldn’t be the best city if you were looking to have fun off the track. German food is a bit of an acquired taste with delicious beer and heavy starches.
Book Your Trip
Nürburgring should be on everyones list when traveling to a Grand Prix. Book your tickets and head to Deutschland.