What can I do at the Nürburgring?

For a list of things you can do at the Nürburgring with RSR, please visit the below page of our website.

What can I do at the Nürburgring with RSR?

What is the Nürburgring?

The Nürburgring is a racetrack in Germany, comprised of two separate sections, that are occasionally joined for special events. It is located in the Eifel Mountain region, and surrounds a few towns and villages, most namely the town of Nürburg, and the town of Adenau.

The circuit is comprised of the famous Nordschleife (also known as the ‘Green hell’ or the “Grüne Hölle”), which is 21km long, and is infamous amongst many motor racing groups, Playstation and Xbox Gamers, as well as fans of Top Gear. The other part of the circuit is the known as the GP Track, which is used for the Formula 1, and is the modernised part of the circuit. The two tracks are able to be joined together, and are done so for special events, and the ‘NLS’ series of races (Formerly VLN).

When most people think of the Nürburgring, they think of the longer Nordschleife (21km / 13mile) circuit.

What time of year is best to drive?

The season is generally from the start of March until the end of November, but this can change depending on weather at the time. The track is still open outside of these months, but opening times can be unpredictable.

The other thing to consider is: as the weather gets warmer, more people visit the ring. It gets very, very busy during the season, and it’s not unusual to have a line of traffic on the ring itself!

The Eifel region is green for a reason – it rains a lot. The track does not close for rain, so Touristenfahrten sessions and our car rentals happen as usual. The track only closes for snow, fog or to investigate an accident. At the very start and end of the season the weather is more likely to be worse, (rain and snow, fog), but it is much quieter on the ring – it really is a factor to consider.

If it rains, there is generally less traffic on the ring, and next to no motorcycles, which is a very big plus! So don’t discount rainy weather too quickly, there is many advantages to it, and until you’ve done a few hundred laps, it won’t make any real difference to your driving experience – in fact, it will help you learn the track quicker!

What is the difference between Touristenfahrten and Trackdays?

You can drive the track in one of two ways: On a Touristenfahrten (Public Driving) session, or on a trackday. See the info below for what the difference is. Most people drive the track on a Touristenfahrten session, but trackdays have some very clear advantages.

Touristenfahrten (Public Driving Sessions )

  • A good option for when you want to do only a few laps, or if your travel dates aren’t flexible.
  • Unlimited number of people on track at the same time (up to 10,000 on busy days!)
  • You pay a entry ticket per lap (Up to €30 / lap)
  • People just turn up and drive, not everyone knows the rules
  • Anyone can drive (16 year olds, uncle bob, inexperienced drivers)
  • Any road legal car can go on (Vans, busses, station wagons)
  • Motorbikes allowed on track at the same time
  • Closures happen often, and can take hours to clean up
  • You can only do one lap, then you have to stop for the barriers / come off the track
  • You can’t use the whole Döttinger Höhe Straight
  • For a more casual experience (Good for just trying a few laps)
  • Car recovery costs per km (Crashes, breakdowns)
  • Overtaking officially only on the left side (In reality: a free-for-all mess)

  • The better option if you want to learn the track properly, with less traffic on the circuit.
  • Limited to people that have pre-entered (Usually around 120, with 60 on track at once)
  • You pay one entry fee, and do as many laps as you want
  • Drivers have strict safety briefings, everyone must wear safety helmets
  • Like minded drivers
  • People use more track focused cars
  • Cars only
  • Closures still happen, but rarely. Clean up happens quickly and efficiently.
  • You can keep lapping
  • Full use of the 2.8km long straight!
  • Getting to know the circuit properly
  • Car recovery is usually included in the entry price
  • Overtaking rules clearly defined, and much more gentlemanly.

What times does the track open?

A normal schedule for the Nordschleife is: Monday to Friday the track is closed for private industry testing, trackdays, or races. In the afternoon (Around 5pm to 7pm) it opens to the public for Touristenfahrten.

Weekends are also normally open from 8am – 7pm for Touristenfahrten driving, occasionally being closed for races or other special events.

The exact opening times change as the season progresses, and start and finish earlier depending on how early nightfall is. The sessions are also sometimes cancelled at short notice due to other events on the Nordschleife, and can also close early if there is an accident or crash on track.

Trackdays normally run from 9am in the morning until 4pm in the afternoon, depending on the organiser.

Touristenfahrten Weekdays or Weekends?

Weekends are generally very busy. The Sunday in particular can be really crowded. On a typical busy Touristenfahrten Sunday (or any full-day bank holiday opening) you can count on a queue like that to form by 11am at the latest. On the busiest days the queue to enter the car park will extend over a km in each direction, with a 45-minute wait to enter the circuit.

A typical Sunday Nordschleife Touristenfahrten session runs like this:

  • 8am: Track opens. Sometimes it can open late, normally due to fog near Pflanzgarten.
  • 9am to 11am: Track closes for first major accident or multiple small accidents.
  • 12pm to 3pm: Go for lunch! The track is really crowded, with between 200 and 400 cars, bikes and even busses on circuit at once and probably another closure.
  • 4pm to 7pm: Getting quieter all the time as day trippers leave for home
  • 7.15pm: Gate closes, you need to go through the gate before 7.15 to get that ‘last lap’

With all of that in mind, we ask morning renters to get here early and be on track before 9am. Afternoon renters shouldn’t try too hard to put all their laps in early, the last hour is great!

Evening sessions are also a regular feature of the Nordschleife. You’ll see a lot of ‘locals’ out on these sessions. Things to remember about the 2-hour openings:

  • They can be cancelled at short notice. Sometimes an earlier event runs late. Some times a manufacturer or magazine will pay money to take the session for a test or lap time.
  • One big crash will close the session. If there are 100 cars waiting to go out on track, it only needs one of them to crash seriously and the circuit will be shut. There’s often not enough time left to re-open the circuit after the clean-up.

They’re often the quietest sessions on the Nordschleife. For all those reasons above, the track can often be deserted. If you’re planning on driving a weekday night, try and be here for a couple of days.

Why should I do a trackday / what are the costs?

For serious driving and driving full day, you are better off with an exclusive track day. Track days are a more controlled and safer way to drive the Nurburgring with about a third to a half of the traffic (or less) during a public ‘touristenfahrten’ session.

So if you can plan at least 6 months (since track days are selling out quickly), and have the budget it takes (entry fees to trackdays start from around 800€ up to 1400€ per day), then a track day is the better choice.

Please keep in mind there are only about 30 track days a year at the Nurburgring. This means there are only about 3000 to 5000 people a year who can drive the Nordschleife on a track day. Therefore most people experience the Nordschleife during the touristenfahrten sessions – and there’s nothing wrong with that!

What car should I drive on my first visit?

Let’s first start by telling you that there is not a wrong choice selecting a car. Yes a Porsche GT3 might be overkill and you won’t use the full potential of the car. However, if that is your dream and you have experience with this type of car, then again, there’s nothing wrong with that. Also, you can still use the power of the car on the more visible sectors on the track.

More often than not, it is better to do more laps in lower-spec cars during your first visit since you for sure will learn more. This due to the lower speed / more time to absorb sections and simply by more seat time and there’s no substitute for this. The middle ground is to select one of our many midrange cars like a BMW M240, M2 or one of the many Porsche Caymans.

RSR also specialises in hot hatches with both more choice and more cars than anyone else at the ring. A Renault Megane Sport and Honda Civic Type R is the way to go in this segment.

We recommend to only book a manual car for the track if you drive a manual car daily. If you haven’t driven a manual car for a while or are feeling a little unsure, we recommend you book an automatic car. This allows you to fully focus on the task of driving on the circuit, and removes the risk of mis-shifting and damaging a clutch, gearbox, or in the worst case, an engine.

Should I drive a manual or an automatic car?

Although changing gears for yourself can bring a sense of satisfaction that no automatic can truly match. Changing gears manually also includes a certain risk in case of operation error (in particular mis-shifting into the wrong gear).

In a paddle shift / automatic car there isn’t the same danger of changing into the wrong gear. The computer controls which gears are possible, and when you want the car to go in a lower gear, the computers first calculate if the revs do not exceed the redline. In the case it would exceed the redline, it simply does not allow the selection of the lower gear.

In a manual car there is no such protection. For example: if you are in 3rd gear at the rev limiter and want to change up to 4th gear but instead hit 2nd gear, the car will be damaged due to human error. This not only affects the engine, but also the gearbox, clutch, drive-line, drive shafts and more! In the case of an mis-shift leading to an over-rev you will need to pay for the damages.

When is it NOT advisable for you to drive a manual / stickshift car?

  • When you don’t drive a manual car on a daily basis on the road.
  • When you normally drive a Right Hand Drive car (and the car you want to hire is a Left Hand Drive Manual).
  • When you normally drive a Left Hand Drive car (and the car you want to hire is a Right Hand Drive Manual).
  • When you have NEVER driven a stick shift car on a race track before.
  • When you have had problems before with clutches, gearbox and drivelines on cars .

When one or more of the above is true, then we strongly advise you to switch to a paddle shift car. You can always contact us for advice beforehand. Automatic cars allow you to get down to the business of concentrating on driving on track, not on the task of changing gears in a potentially stressful situation.

If you’re in any way unsure or nervous, then the best thing you can do is pick an automatic car. This way, you can get on with the job of driving and handling traffic, without needing to concentrate on the (sometimes stressful) task of changing gear.

What are RSR Edition Cars?

RSR Edition cars are our more track-focused car options which could also be eligible for real racing. There are bucket seats, harnesses (4 or 6 point belts) and a rollover cage on the inside. They include KW Clubsport suspension and Michelin Semi-Slick tires on the outside to name the most important ‘performance-related’ modifications. RSR builds an increasing number of these RSR Edition cars, which isn’t a ‘best-kept secret’ anymore. There are a few options in each segment entry-level, midrange and high end. In total, we have about 20 RSR Edition cars available between RSRSpa and RSRNurburg.

What is the minimum age to rent a car from RSR?

Our car rentals start from 18 years of age and over. Generally, the renters age is not key but a drivers license and the right attitude is! It also depends on the sort of day (weather, traffic levels, trackday, road tour or touristenfahrten) and experience. What we need to be assured of first however is that you are up to the job. We can do this by organising some private instruction or by starting you off driving in the lower powered cars first.

How old do passengers need to be?

For Touristenfahrten sessions, passengers need to be a minimum of 16 years of age. Younger passengers will not be allowed to ride along in the cars. Trackday minimum ages can vary, and each will need to be checked with the organiser, but generally it is also a minimum age of 16.

Taxi Laps have a minimum age of 18 years old.

For Road Tours there is no minimum age, but those small enough to require car booster seats will need to use them. RSR does not have any child or booster seats available, so you will need to bring your own. Keep in mind that not all cars are compatible with these systems. Please ask!

What sort of licence do I need to hire a car from RSR?

RSR requires a full drivers licence from your country of nationality. If your licence isn’t in English or German, or a Euro licence, then please provide an international drivers licence translation.

What happens in a crash? Is additional insurance possible? Are deposits required?

Keeping in mind that this is the most difficult track in the world, and motorsport is inherently risky by nature – essentially, if you cause damage to the car, you pay to repair that damage.

Most of our cars do not require a deposit up front, but we strongly recommend organising third party track insurance when you rent one of our cars. Motorsport is dangerous by nature and high-end sports cars carry a significant value for which you are responsible.

For a full run down of the processes and steps you can take if you want to reduce the risk, please visit the following page of our website:

What do I need to bring?

  • A great and sensible attitude!
  • Your valid drivers licence from your home country
  • In the case where the licence is not in English or German, then an international Drivers permit Translation
  • Your passport and ID
  • Credit card / cash for extras
  • Sensible driving shoes
  • Comfortable clothing
  • We provide helmets
  • Race suits are unnecessary

How do I get to the Nürburgring?

The best way to get to the Nürburgring is to fly into either Frankfurt Airport, or Cologne/Bonn airport, hire a rental car and drive across. It takes between 2 and 3 hours to drive, depending on conditions. Alternatively you can hire a taxi. Public transport is very difficult to use to get to the Nürburgring, and is not recommended, as then you’ll have an even more difficult time getting around once here! Do not mix up the Nürburgring with Nuremberg – they are about 5 hours drive apart! Best is to use our street address (and check the post code!):

Antoniusweg 1a
53520 Nürburg (Also can be written as Nuerburg)

Link to RSRNurburg on Google Maps

Hotels and Restaurants at the Nürburgring / Bars and Activities for Families

To be sure you stay in Germany will be as comfortable as can be, we put together a list of recommended restaurants and Hotels. We know from our own experience what the best place are to eat or sleep. If you still need advice, don’t hesitate to give us a ring.

In the local area the reality is there isn’t much more available for families to do aside from drive the track. There are shopping options available in Koblenz (45min) or Cologne (1hour 30min) and Adenau (15min). There are also few activities within a reasonable drive, see in the list below.

Hotels – Nürburg (2 min. / Ring)

‍Hotel am Tiergarten
Kirchweg 4, 53520 Nürburg
Tel.: +49 2691 92200

‍Pension Daniels
Antoniusweg 1, 53520 Nürburg
Tel.: +49 2691 2439

‍Dorint Hotel am Nürburgring
Grand-Prix-Strecke, 53520 Nürburg
Tel.: +49 2691 3090

‍Haus Pit Lane
Hauptstrasse 22, 53520 Nürburg
Tel.: +49 2691 935 9050

‍Lindner Congress & Motorsport Hotel
Stefan-Bellof-Straße, 53520 Nürburg
Tel.: +49 2691 3025 666

‍Lindner Hotel Eifeldorf Grüne Hölle
Eifel-Ardennen-Straße, 53520 Nürburg
Tel.: +49 2691 3025 666

‍Hotel zur Burg
Burgstraße 4, 53520 Nürburg
Tel.: +49 2691 7575

‍Motorsporthotel Nürburgring
Hauptstraße 34, 53520 Nürburg
Tel.: +49 2691 92000

‍Lindenhof am Nürburgring
Hauptstrasse 35, 53520 Nürburg
Tel.: +49 170 8080 256

‍Villa Hügel
Sprungschanzenweg 2, 53520 Nürburg
Tel.: +49 2691 410

‍Haus Burggarten
Burgstrasse 17, 53520 Nürburg
Tel.: +49 173 584 9000

‍Landhaus Balkhausen
Balkhausenweg 3, 53520 Nürburg
Tel.: +49 2691 7625

‍Hotels – Meuspath (2 min. / Ring)

Nordstraße 1, 53520 Meuspath
Tel.: +49 2691 935 1060

‍Döttinger Höhe Hotel
An der B258, 53520 Döttinger Höhe
Tel.: +49 2691 92390

‍Ferienwohnungen Oliver 92 am Nürburgring
Hauptstr. 34, 53520 Meuspath
Tel.: +49 6551 2279

Hotels – Döttingen (5 min. / Ring)

‍Haus Marvin
Tannenweg 11, 56729 Döttingen
Tel.: +49 2691 2546

‍Hotels – Welcherath (5 min. / Ring)

‍Gästehouse Fuchsröhre
Hauptstraße 27, 53539 Welcherath
Tel.: +49 175 415 72 69

‍Hotels – Drees (5 min. / Ring)

‍Lindner Ferienpark Nürburgring
Parkstraße 1, 53520 Drees
Tel.: +49 211 9598 9607

‍Hotels – Wiesemscheid (7 min. / Ring)

‍Hotel Rieder
Mittelstraße 13, 53534 Wiesemscheid
Tel.: +49 2691 1013

‍Hotels – Breidscheid (6 min. / Ring)

‍Hotel an der Nordschleife
Trierer Str. 15, 53518 Adenau
Tel.: +49 2691 930 158

‍Hotels – Adenau (7 min. / Ring)

‍Blaue Ecke
Markt 5, 53518 Adenau
Tel.: +49 2691 2005

‍Landhaus Sonnenhof
Sonnenberg 10, 53518 Adenau
Tel.: +49 2691 9227 0

‍The Crown Pub – Apartments
Hauptstraße 22, 53518 Adenau
Tel.: +44 7776 258 026

Hotels – Barweiler (10 min / Ring)

Hauptstraße 77, 53534 Barweiler
Tel.: +49 2691 931 440

‍Eifelranch am Ring
Römerstraße 19, 53534 Barweiler
Tel.: +49 2691 933 4512

Hotels – Baar (10 min / Ring)

Hotel und Kongresszentrum Wanderath
Am Buchholz 34, 56729 Baar
Tel.: +49 2656 889-0

Hotels – Kelberg (10 min / Ring)

Die Rennscheune Guest house
Erlenwiese 1, 53539 Kelberg
Tel.: +49 170 246 6887

Restaurants – Nürburg (2 min. / Ring)

Pistenklause (RSR Recommends)
Dinner – Italian, German, Steak
Kirchweg 4, 53520 Nürburg
Tel.: +49 2691 922 053

Hotel am Tiergarten
Breakfast & Lunch – Buffet
Kirchweg 4, 53520 Nürburg
Tel.: +49 2691 922 00

Devil’s Diner
Lunch – American Diner
Zufahrt Nordschleife, 53520 Meuspath
Tel.: +49 2691 302 5740

Restaurant & Pizzeria Paddock
Lunch & Dinner – Italian, German
Hauptstraße 34, 53520 Nürburg
Tel.: +49 2691 920 00

Restaurant zur Nürburg
Lunch & Dinner – German, Burgers
Burgplatz 2, 53520 Nürburg
Tel.: +49 2691 939 9060

Restaurant Zur Burg
Dinner – German
Burgstr. 4, 53520 Nürburg
Tel.: +49 2691 7575

Lindenhof am Nürburgring
Dinner – German
Hauptstr. 35, 53520 Nürburg
Tel.: +49 170 8080 256

Restaurant Fascination – Dorint Hotel
Dinner – International
Grand-Prix-Strecke, 53520 Nürburg
Tel.: +49 2691 3090

Restaurant Nuvolari – Lindner Hotel
Dinner – International
Stefan-Bellof-Straße, 53520 Nürburg
Tel.: +49 2691 3025 176

Restaurant Pizzeria Mamma Mia
Lunch & Dinner – Pizza
Hauptstrasse 34, 53520 Nürburg
Tel.: +49 2691 937 9330

Restaurants – Müllenbach (7 min. / Ring)

Restaurante Pizzeria Il Cavallino
Dinner – Italian, German, Steak
Hauptstraße 14A, 53520 Müllenbach
Tel.: +49 2692 932 621

Restaurant Gasthaus Gilles
Dinner – German
Hauptstraße 30, 53520 Müllenbach
Tel.: +49 2692 8832

Bistro Zum Alten Maier
Lunch & Dinner – German
Hauptstraße 46, 53520 Müllenbach
Tel.: +49 2692 1299

Restaurants – Wiesemscheid (7 min. / Ring)

Restaurant Rieder
Dinner – German
Mittelstraße 13, 53534 Wiesemscheid
Tel.: +49 2691 1013

Restaurants – Wiesemscheid (7 min. / Ring)

Dinner – International, Fine Dining
Hauptstraße 77, 53534 Barweiler
Tel.: +49 2691 931 440

Pizzeria Zur Alten Scheune
Dinner – Italian, German, Steak
Hauptstraße 30A, 53534 Barweiler
Tel.: +49 2691 935 657

Restaurants – Adenau (7 min. / Ring)

Blaue Ecke
Dinner – International
Markt 5, 53518 Adenau
Tel.: +49 2691 2005

Ristorante Pizzeria Pinocchio
Dinner – Italian, German
Hauptstraße 150, 53518 Adenau
Tel.: +49 2691 932 287

Zur gemütlichen Ecke (Comfy Corner)
Dinner – German
Hauptstraße 247, 53518 Adenau
Tel.: +49 2691 2629

Ali Baba
Lunch & Dinner – Turkish, Italian
Hauptstraße 133, 53518 Adenau
Tel.: +49 2691 938 921

Asia Bistro Orchidee
Dinner – Asian
Hauptstraße 96, 53518 Adenau
Tel.: +49 2691 933 210

La Stazione Adenau
Lunch & Dinner – Italian
Bahnhofstraße 24, 53518 Adenau
Tel.: +49 2691 932 6346

Restaurant Sonnenhof
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner – International
Sonnenberg 10, 53518 Adenau
Tel.: +49 2691 9227 0

Piazza Aviano
Lunch & Dinner – Italian
Markt, 53518 Adenau
Tel.: +49 2691 2855

Pizzeria La Fontana
Dinner – Italian
Alte Poststraße 36, 53518 Adenau
Tel.: +49 2691 606

Mario`s Boxenstop
Lunch & Dinner – Turkish, Pizza
Hauptstraße 153, 53518 Adenau
Tel.: +49 2691 935 6631

Restaurants – Breidscheid (5 min. / Ring)

Cockpit Bistro
Lunch – German
Trierer Str. 13, 53518 Adenau
Tel.: +49 2691 7907

Café Zur Nordschleife Opa Strack
Lunch – German
Trierer Str. 11, 53518 Adenau
Tel.: +49 2691 302216

Restaurant zum Kleeblatt
Lunch & Dinner – German
Trierer Straße 79, 53518 Adenau
Tel.: +49 2691 43927

Lunch & Dinner – Italian
Trierer Straße 6, 53518 Adenau
Tel.: +49 2691 938 880

Restaurants – Welcherath (5 min. / Ring)

Gästehouse Fuchsröhre
Dinner – International
Hauptstraße 27, 53539 Welcherath
Tel.: +49 175 415 72 69

Restaurants – Boos (10 min. / Ring)

Gasthof Zur Quelle
Dinner – German
Hauptstraße 27, 56729 Boos
Tel.: +49 2656 541

Restaurants – Mendig (30 min. / Ring)

Vulkan Brauerei
Dinner – German, Brewery / Brauhaus
Laacher-See-Straße 2, 56743 Mendig
Tel.: +49 2652 520330

Bars – Nürburg (2 min. / Ring)

Kirchweg 4, 53520 Nürburg
Tel.: +49 2691 922 053

Lindenhof am Nürburgring
Hauptstr. 35, 53520 Nürburg
Tel.: +49 170 8080 256

Cockpit Bar – Dorint Hotel
Grand-Prix-Strecke, 53520 Nürburg
Tel.: +49 2691 3090

Lobby Bar – Lindner Hotel
Stefan-Bellof-Straße, 53520 Nürburg
Tel.: +49 2691 3025 000

Eifel Stadl Nightclub
Otto-Flimm-Straße, 53520 Nürburg
Tel.: +49 2691 302 9733

Bars – Adenau (7 min. / Ring)

The Crown – British Pub
Hauptstraße 22, 53518 Adenau
Tel.: +44 7776 258 026

Blaue Ecke
Markt 5, 53518 Adenau
Tel.: +49 2691 2005

Brauhaus Adenau
Hauptstraße 94, 53518 Adenau
Tel.: +49 2691 8629

Zur gemütlichen Ecke (Comfy Corner)
Hauptstraße 247, 53518 Adenau
Tel.: +49 2691 2629

RELAX Cocktail Shisha Lounge
Hauptstraße 160, 53518 Adenau
Tel.: +49 2691 932 287

Go-Karting RingKartbahn
Nürburgring Boulevard 1, 53520 Nürburg (About 5min from RSR)
Tel.: +49 2691 302 6670

Nürburgring GP Track Backstage Tour
Nürburgring Boulevard 1, 53520 Nürburg (About 5min from RSR)
Tel.: +49 2691 302 6670

Nürburgring Motorsport Museum RingWerk
Nürburgring Boulevard 1, 53520 Nürburg (About 5min from RSR)
Tel.: +49 2691 302 6670

RaceRoom Cafe Driving Simulators
Nürburgring Boulevard 1, 53520 Nürburg (About 5min from RSR)
Tel.: +49 2691 302 6665

Hotrod City Tour Nürburgring / Koblenz
Eifeldorf Grüne Hölle, 53520 Nürburg (About 5min from RSR) / Altlöhrtor 22, 56068 Koblenz​ (About 1hour from RSR)
Tel.: +49 172 4521698

Sport am Ring Gym / Fitness Studio
In der Ex 1, 53518 Adenau (About 15min from RSR)
Tel.: +49 2691 938147​

Wild- & Erlebnispark Daun – Animal Park / Wildpark
Mainzer Straße 11, 54550 Daun (About 30min from RSR)
Tel.: +49 6592 3154

Burg Eltz Castle Tours / Burgführung
Burg-Eltz-Straße 1, 56294 Wierschem (About 50min from RSR)
Tel.: +49 2672 95050-0

Reichsburg Cochem Castle Tours / Burgführung
Schloßstraße 36, 56812 Cochem (About 45min from RSR)​
Tel.: +49 2671 – 255