21 August to 31 August 2004

Day 3
Monday 23

The 'Ring and the Nordschleife

The morning at leisure - time to visit Cochem and its castle and then about 12.30 we leave for the Nürburgring and a lap or two of the famous Nordschleife ( north circuit). This is probably one of the most demanding circuits in the world, it was built in the 1920s as a 'job creation' scheme and was used as the main German GP circuit until around 1970.

Today there is a much smaller GP circuit attached to the famous 'Ring. The North Circuit now has two main functions - it is hired out to motor companies for testing and more important to us it is opened for 'Tourist Drives'. The circuit is officially classed as a 'One Way Toll Road' by the German Authorities so no special insurance is required and you have to comply with regulations such as noise control.

The Nordschleife is about 14 miles long and being built in the Eifel Mountains there is a difference of one thousand feet in height above sea level between the lowest and highest parts of the 'Ring plus more curves than I can remember - a unique experience.


Memories of my first visit in 1957


Costs of the Lap Toll is €14.00 for a single lap or €56.00 for a 5 lap pass.