Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Howl of the Wolf(sburg)

With Calli lured by the promise of some outlet shopping, we boarded the train on our second day in Berlin and headed for the nearby town of Wolfsburg to watch (another) soccer game.

Home to the Volkswagen headquarters, the city owes it's size to the car manufacturer that has essentially been the sole purpose of the city since its inception. Originally set up by the Nazis in 1938 to produce the "people's car", aka the Beetle, the city has grown from just 1000 people to over 130,000 today. Today the city is full of stylish modern architecture and large parks, however, the Volkswagen factory still dominates the skyline from wherever you are.

The Volkswagen factory - always visible in Wolfsburg

Unfortunately, German outlet shopping is more pricey than the American original and we left the stores empty handed. Although this part of the trip turned out to be a disappointment, the game itself turned out even better than we anticipated.

Approaching the Volkswagen Arena - Home of VFL Wolfsburg


The Bundesliga (the German Soccer League) has a reputation as providing the best atmosphere to watch soccer in the world, and from our experience this reputation is well-deserved. From the moment we arrived, we were amazed by the atmosphere. Electrically-charged but welcoming, cheap beers, sausages, and pretzels, wolf calls and singing - what more could you ask for? People were friendly and welcoming, and the stadium was fantastic lit up in neon green. From the warm-up to the end of the game we thoroughly enjoyed our experience there and would recommend going to a game to anyone, whether you are interested in soccer or not.

The atmosphere was electric

Start of the second half


Oh and the match was fantastic as well, ending in a 1-1 draw with multiple shots hitting the woodwork and a red card to boot. 

Heading home

The award-winning Phaeno building and the Volkswagen factory
 

After a long day, with our fingers and toes tingling from the cold temperatures of the outdoor stadium, we made our way back to Berlin with another successful European football game under our belts.

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Calli and Travis returned from a four month trip through Europe more excited than ever to hit the open road. Who knows where they'll end up next...

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