Nürburgring Nordschleife - An Enthusiast’s Bend Guide
Built in 1927, high in the Eifel Mountains around the ancient village and castle of Nürburg, the exceptionally long Nürburgring was originally conceived to provide a showcase for Germany’s auto racing talent. For 50 years, ‘ring fever continued to grew, and the Nordschleife (the northern loop) would become the most famous Grand Prix circuit in history. Sadly, Grand Prix racing ended forever on the ‘ring when suspension failure on Nikki Lauda’s Ferrari led to his terrifying crash in the 2nd lap of the ’76 German Grand Prix.
Although several car racing series still compete on the Nordschleife today, the main reason it remains the ultimate enthusiast driver’s destination is the simple fact that since 1927, the Nordschleife has remained "open" for driving by the public. When the track isn't closed for an event or testing, any licensed driver with a road-legal car or motorcycle can experience Jackie Stewart’s infamous Grüne Hölle (Green Hell) for only 22€ each lap.