2019 German Grand Prix Travel Guide

One of Formula 1’s most historic circuits, the Hockenheimring is located in a beautiful corner of southwest Germany that boasts historic towns, nature trails and some seriously impressive automotive and aviation museums. Start planning your trip to the 2019 German Grand Prix on 25-28 July.

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Practical Information

  • Visas: Germany is part of the Schengen Area, which provides up to 90 days of visa-free travel in 26 European countries for citizens from the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and many other countries.
  • Currency: EURO. ATM’s are widely available and you can pay electronically almost everywhere.
  • Language: German, though English is widely spoken.
  • Time Zone: Central European Summer Time (UTC +2)
  • In an Emergency: dial 112
  • Power Sockets: Germany uses Type F power sockets like the rest of continental Europe. Bring an adapter if you’re travelling from the UK, USA or Australia.
  • Weather: the race falls at the height of summer in Germany; expect mainly warm and sunny conditions with temperatures averaging a high of 25°C (77°F) and low of 14°C (57°F). Rainfall is not uncommon however – remember the huge storm that struck at the end of last year’s race?

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Arrival & Getting Around

Located in the heart of Western Europe, it couldn’t be easier to get to the Hockenheimring by road, train or plane. Frankfurt Airport (FRA), one of the busiest in Europe, is just 100km from the circuit and you can take a train direct from the terminals to the town of Hockenheimring. Other airports worth considering include Frankfurt Hahn (HHN), which is a major base for discount carrier Ryanair and Stuttgart Airport (STR). Depending on where you have decided to stay for the German Grand Prix, the best way to get to the circuit is by train or car. Mannheim is the closest major hub for trains. Free shuttle buses run from Hockenheim train station to the circuit, or you can walk in around 40 minutes. More information: 2019 German Grand Prix – Getting Around Guide

Where to Stay

Trackside camping is very popular at the Hockenheimring (learn more here), but if you prefer some more creature comforts, the nearby cities of Mannheim and Heidelberg offer a good selection of accommodation to suit all budgets. Further afield, Frankfurt and Stuttgart are also within a 1-2 hour commute of the Hockenheimring. Regular train services connect these cities to Hockenheim.

F1 Experiences offers a 4-night stay at the Radisson Blu Mannheim or the ACHAT Premium Walldorf/Reilingen – the latter hotel is just a few km from the circuit gates and is popular with F1 teams and drivers. Our guests at both hotels benefit from daily coach transfers to and from the Hockenheimring. Add accommodation to your Official Ticket Package today!

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Things to See & Do Near the Hockenheimring

The Hockenheimring is located in the Upper Rhine Valley, a stunning corner of Germany close to France and Switzerland that’s dotted with wineries, pretty medieval towns and nature trails. Cities in the vicinity worth visiting include Heidelberg, Mannheim, Heppenheim (birthplace of four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel), Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Strasbourg in France. Several world-class museums nearby also draw on the rich automotive and aviation history of the region. Here’s some of the best places to visit near the Hockenheimring:

  • Mercedes-Benz Museum: located in Stuttgart, the Mercedes-Benz museum traces the German auto giant’s history from humble beginnings in the region through to its dominant position in the global market for luxury cars, as well as its strong racing pedigree. The museum is open Tuesday’s to Sunday’s from 9am-6pm. Tickets cost €10/5.
  • Porsche Museum: just down the road is the museum and headquarters of Porsche. Founded in Stuttgart by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche in 1931, the company has been a leading manufacturer of high-performance sports cars for decades. The museum houses over 80 vehicles from the firm’s history, including plenty of racing thoroughbreds. The museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9am-6pm. Tickets cost €8/4. Factory tours are also available.
  • Auto & Technik Museum Sinsheim: featuring both the Concorde and Russian Tupolev Tu-144 supersonic jets plus everything from historic F1 cars to trains and ships, the Auto & Technik Museum in Sinsheim (40km from Hockenheim) is a mecca for anyone interested in automotive and aviation history. Open Monday-Friday (9am-6pm) and weekends (9am-7pm). Tickets cost €21/17.
  • Technik Museum Speyer: smaller and closer to the Hockenheimring, but no less impressive than its sister museum in Sinsheim, the Technik Museum in Speyer counts a Soviet Buran spacecraft and retired Lufthansa 747 among more than 2000 exhibits, as well as an IMAX Dome Theatre. Open Monday-Friday (9am-6pm) and weekends (9am-7pm). Combined tickets for the museum and IMAX Dome Theatre cost €21/17.
  • Europa Park: a 90-minute drive south of the Hockenheim, Europa Park is the second-largest theme park in Europe after Disneyland Paris. Open every day from 9am till at least 6pm in the summer, tickets cost €52/44.50.
  • Learn more: 5 Ideas to Improve your German Grand Prix Travel Experience

Eat & Drink Near the Hockenheimring

Soak up the festive atmosphere in the town of Hockenheim on race weekend with a pit stop at Wirtshaus Güldener Engel, a traditional inn serving cold beers and traditional food half way between the train station and the circuit. Pizzeria Pinocchio serves some of the best pizzas in Hockenheim and et cetera is an American-style restaurant and bar which should be buzzing on race weekend. Nearby Reilingen also has several popular restaurants, including well-rated Greek food at Akropolis and Restaurant Grüner Baum for local specialties.

Official Ticket Packages for the 2019 German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring include grandstand seats or access to trackside hospitality in the Champions Club and Formula 1 Paddock Club, plus our signature benefits such as driving tours of the track, meet-and-greets with F1 drivers and more.