Fans of the ‘people’s car’ will recognise the name Wolfsburg for its close association with Volkswagen. Situated in Germany’s Lower Saxony, Wolfsburg is not only where Volkswagen Group has its headquarters, it’s also home to the world’s biggest car plant and the site where the first Beetle was manufactured.
Fans will also recognized Wolfsburg as the badge on Volkswagen’s special edition vehicles, and there’s a good reason why.
The city of Wolfsburg derives its name from Castle Wolfsburg (or Schloss Wolfsburg as the locals say), which was first mentioned in records around 1302AD as being the domicile of the upstanding von Bartensleben family. Originally a tower house on the River Aller, it was later fortified including the addition of a moat.
The castle’s battlements figure prominently in the city’s ‘wolf and castle’ coat of arms, which portrays a silver two-tower castle on the River Aller. Standing attention over the fortress is a golden wolf.