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‘The Ring’ is probably the most famous, or infamous circuit in Motorsport history


The Nürburgring is a fixture of German motorsport history and is one of the most famous national monuments in Germany. More than 800 years ago the Count Ulrich, in the Eifel the foundation for his “Noureborg” put the “Nürburg” later was not only named after the adjacent church, it was also the inspiration for the track that was built here from the mid-1920s.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Nürburgring in the summer of 1925. In just two years, engineers designed a 28.3 km long circuit with different track variations, including the then 22.8 km long Nordschleife. Overall, 8.1 million Reichsmarks (about 27 million Euro *) were asked for the construction of the Nürburgring available, some more than 2,500 people worked on the completion.

On June 18, 1927, the route finally racing debut with the Eifel race for motorcycles, a day later Rudolf Caracciola won the first driver in an automobile race at the Nürburgring. From the outset, the route was navigable surcharge race-free weekends and in the evenings and private individuals. Even car manufacturers use the first “mountain, race and test track” with its many curves, slopes and jump hills since its opening for extensive testing.

Quickly the Nürburgring became a spectator magnet of international importance. The magical attraction exercised especially from the acclaimed Silver Arrows of Mercedes, on the Nordschleife celebrated its premiere in 1934. According to legend, had the Mercedes team still hand the paint from their W25 racing car scraped on the night before the race in order to meet the newly introduced weight limit of 750 kilograms can.

A gold right decision: The work team led by the pilot Manfred von Brauchitsch won the day after in their shiny silver Mercedes superior – the birth of the Silver Arrows.

After racing in 1940 had come to a standstill due to the war, the Nürburgring was already reopened seven years later. Her comeback in international motorsport experienced the route from the early 1950s.The Formula 1 newly founded took the course as “Grand Prix of Germany” firmly in its racing calendar on – the beginning of a true motorsport euphoria in Germany.

But in 1954, during the postwar premiere of the Silver Arrows, lined around 400,000 enthusiastic spectators the Nordschleife. Amidst great hype avancierten Formula 1 World Champion as the Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio or the Briton Jackie Stewart into veritable “Popstars”.

Jackie Stewart was also the demanding Eifel course for the first time referred to as the “Green Hell” in the late 1960s – a term which was underpinned tragic little later by a series of serious accidents. The narrow, lined by hedges route fell since the late 1960s in the face of ever-faster cars increasingly coming under fire. Those responsible reacted with extensive renovation work on the track. For 17 million German marks (about 8.7 million euros) have been installed, among other fencing, hard shoulders and guardrails.

Despite all precautions, the Formula 1 moved to the 1976 season due to additional safety concerns from the Eifel back – the end for the Nordschleife in the international racing world. Other racing series such as the Formula 2 European Championship, the German Racing Championship or the Sports Car championships until 1983 during the ongoing renovation work on a shortened to 20.8 km Nordschleife course. Only after the construction of a new, just 4.542 kilometers long, modern Grand Prix track 1 comeback celebrated the formula in 1985 on the ring.

The hype surrounding the racer Michael Schumacher and the associated revival of German motorsport eventually led also to the ring to many visible changes. From the mid-1990s several new buildings, including modern grandstands, VIP boxes, video screens and an innovative Medical Center emerged. With the construction of the Mercedes-Arena, the Grand Prix track has also been extended to a total length of 5,148 kilometers now. A new start and end as well as a home media center for journalists and photographers completed this important step towards a modern circuit in Europe.

And also in terms of environmental Nürburgring is a pioneer. As early as 1996 an advanced environmental management system has been established and the Nürburgring race track will be the only worldwide certification under the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme.

In November 2007, launched the expansion of the Nürburgring a year-round leisure and business center. The most important milestone in its history since establishment of the Nordschleife in 1927 and the addition of the Grand Prix circuit in 1984. Weather-independent presentation and event areas, such as the ring ° arena, additional leisure facilities for fans and tourists – ring ° werk ring ° boulevard – and comfortable hotels in close proximity to the race track and a family friendly holiday park are the central components of the project.

Motorsport class events, recreational attractions around the themes of mobility and motors, fun and edutainment for all ages, professional business and event location – which was opened in 1927 as a venue for car racing, has long motorsport experiences and entertainment



Groundbreaking for the Nürburgring in the then Prussian Eifel community Adenau


Official opening of the Nürburgring


Reopening of the Nürburgring after WW2


The Formula 1 newly founded drives on the Nürburgring


Migration of Formula 1 to Hockenheim


Official opening of the Nürburgring Grand Prix track (4.542 km) after three years of construction


Return of Formula 1 at the Nürburgring


Construction of the Mercedes-Arena and expansion of the Grand Prix circuit at 5.1 km


Commencement of extensive renovation and expansion work at the Nürburgring


Opening of the new leisure and business center at the Nürburgring


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