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“A fascinating, private tour at a great price”

The Transparent Factory of Volkswagen
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Full-Day Private Tour of Dresden from Prague
Ranked #5 of 49 Tours in Dresden
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Reviewed 21 December 2013

We have visited car manufacturing plants in Munich, Bowling Green, and Detroit. This was unlike any of them. It is an amazingly quiet environment and spotless. There are only 4 robots in the entire factory and they do those things that humans cannot do better. The rest of the assembly jobs are done by teams of workers who learn several of the many stations and can organize their work as they see fit to get the job done.

I booked our tour on line ahead of time. They will not confirm it if you try to book too far ahead but, if given dates, will get back to you once they determine the tour schedule. It may be difficult to actually see the factory in full operation. We were on the 3 o'clock tour and the workers were finishing their day. Another reviewer said they were not starting until 2:30. When booking the tour, it might be a good idea to find out about the work schedule of the day you plan to visit.

While there were several tours going on when we were there, we were the only 2 on the English tour. With the senior price of 3 Euro each, it was quite a bargain. Our tour guide William was great. His English was impeccable. He took plenty of time to answer all our questions and explain the factory's unique methods thoroughly. The hour tour lasted about 90 minutes and we enjoyed every one of them.

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Reviewed 12 December 2013

If you are requesting an English speaking tour email or call in advance to ensure it is running that day. We received amazing service when we booked our tour--both an email and phone call confirmation. If you are interested in manufacturing, cars or systems processes this tour will be a highlight of our trip to Dresden. Our guide was wonderful and provided details of the manufacturing process. However, you can also drop in to just see entrance to the factory without a tour. The restaurant is good but not something worth adding to your schedule. If you are driving you can use the car park--the information desk will provide a token so there is no parking fee.

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Reviewed 11 October 2013

This "car assembly plant" is architecturally stunning and is worth the 5 euros entry fee on its own. VW assemble the phaeton models here. This is their top of the range model and it is interesting to see the assembly process, and check out the cars after the tour.Tours in English take place at 12 and 3pm and last about an hour. When we visited in September the assembly workers did not start till 2.30 pm, so the place was eerily quiet. I would recommend having lunch and booking for the 3pm tour so that it is possible to see all the automated procedures which have been built into the plant. Lunch for two courses plus drinks was 17 euros and is provided by the 5 star Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski- so not your average canteen grub. You can also try VW's own Curry wurst which is made to a secret recipe for VW workers, It is served with chips and a tomato sauce, which again is made uniquely for VW. Delicious!!! The plant is reached on the number 10 tram from the main railway station, get off at Strassburgerplatz.

4  Thank lanky01
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

Rainy day took us here and we were not disappointed.
Hubby was more excited than me but I was not disappointed.
The English tour did not start for 3 hours so we visited the local Hygiene Museum which I would not recommend but the restaurant located there is Fantastic.
Fantastic tour whatever the weather and at €5 each well worth it. Luckily they don't export the particular a
Car we viewed to Australia.

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Reviewed 15 September 2013

This visit exceeded my expectation by far! It was so interesting to hear about and see all stages of the car assembly in this impeccably clean factory with all the workers wearing white. Very beautiful high technology building, extremely interesting tour! A must if you pass by Dresden.

Thank loloP61
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