I was on a 10 day car holiday with my wife in July. We
drove about 5200 kilometers in all from Finland to
central Europe and looked around some Germany,
Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg. I was keeping my
eye on the ACVWs there and this post is a travel report
of the Volkswagens on that trip. Our journey included
also a visit to the Wolfsburg VW museum in Germany.
There are some pictures included, mostly from
Wolfsburg. In the end of the post there is also
listed shortly the route we drove. If you are interested
to know something else about the trip, please ask.
Beforehand I thought that there would be a lot of Beetles
in Germany, because the car is originated from there.
In the northern Germany we saw very few Beetles.
There were a lot of convertible/targa Porsches though.
The ones we saw, were all late -70's 1303LS convertibles
(Supers with 1600cc engine). In the southern parts
there were more ACVWs visible and most of them were
also late -70's 1303LS convertibles. In the Mosel valley
and nearby we saw a lot of Trikes though. A Trike
is a Beetle motorcycle with a mc front and Beetle
rear axle and engine. Those seemed to be quite
common there, because we really did see quite a lot
In the Netherlands there were more older and standard
Beetles and vans like the ones we mostly have here in
Finland. More vehicles from the -60's than in Germany.
All the sightings were in parking lots. We did not
see any moving ACVWs, but I think they all seemed to
be in driving condition.
The Belgium had quite similar ACVW scenery as the
Netherlands. More standard -60's Beetles, few vans.
The thing to mention about Belgium though is its
roads and traffic arrangements. Nothing good to
speak of them at all. Seems that they don't know
how to build roads and set up working traffic
arrangements there. Absolutely terrible highway
surfaces. On a german car with stiff suspension it
really makes the fillings fall from your teeth. Now
I know where they need those mushy suspension and seat
setups that french cars tend to have.
We had no ACVW sightings in Luxemburg. We were there
though only for a couple of hours and the country is
quite small. One thing to mention is though that in
the Luxemburg side of the Germany-Lux border there
was for like a kilometer of only gas stations. The
germans come to buy gasoline from Luxemburg side.
There it costs around 0,7-0,8 eur/ltr and in the
germany around 1,1 eur/ltr.
Overall imperssion I got was that there are more ACVWs
left in the daily traffic here in Finland than there
is in the central Europe. Whether it is because cars
are relatively more expensive here and we have to
have relatively cheap recreational cars here.
I would also like to have a Porsche 911 targa,
but can't really afford one ;)
In Bruxelles (Belgium) we saw a "ballnose" van modified
to sell ice cream out of the side. I had to take
The Autostadt Wolfsburg and most of its surroundings
seemed to really be VW territory. All the cars around
there were VWs: Passats, Tourans and Golfs mostly.
I was a bit embarrased to drive an Opel there, but
afterall, we had foreign plates, so I think we were
forgiven this time... ;) I was looking for at least
one ACVW there but I did not manage to see any. All
VWs were quite new models. I bet everyone there works
for VW and they get good employee discounts for factory
So it seemed that the VW museum was the only place
that had ACVWs in the WOB area. And they have plenty.
Old ones, vans, busses. Most of the Beetles there were
either some special one-time modifications or first/last
specimens from factories (last German made beetle for
I took pictures of some of the interesting ones. I was
though looking for an original -61 to look at, but
they did not have one.
The one car I liked best there was the Dannenhauer &
Stauss made convertible modification. It looks very
nice to my eye. Something Porsche-like but in a Beetle
size. (all VW pictures from the trip behind the
We enjoyed the trip, though there could have been
more ACVWs to see ;)
Trip route shortly:
1. day: Drive from home at Pirkkala (FIN) to Turku (FIN)
night ferry from Turku (FIN) to Stockholm (SWE)
2. day: drive through Sweden, ferry to Denmark (Helsingborg-
Helsingör), drive through Denmark, ferry to Germany
(Rödby-Puttgarden), Lübeck (D)
3. day: Hamburg (D), Bremen (D), Zandwoort (NL)
4. day: Day in Amsterdam (NL), drive to Brügge (B) in the
5. day: Bruxelles (B), Luxemburg (L), Trier (D), Mosel
valley (D), Ediger-Eller (D)
6. day: Heidelberg (D), Karlsruhe (D), Schwarzwald (D),
Böblingen (D), Stuttgart (D)
7. day: Rothenburg (D), Schwebish Hall (D), Lutherstadt
8. day: Day in Berlin (D), drive to Wolfsburg (D) in
9. day: VW museum (WOB, D), drive towards north, ferry to
Denmark (Puttgarden-Rödby), drive through Denmark,
Köpenhagen (DK), ferry to Sweden (Helsingör-Helsingborg),
drive through Sweden in the evening/night.
10. day: Day ferry from Stockholm (SWE) to Turku (FIN), drive
to home at Pirkkala (FIN)
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