Die Gläserne Manufaktur: transparent factory of Volkswagen in Dresden
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Die Gläserne Manufaktur: transparent factory of Volkswagen in Dresden
Nikolay Hotelier, 3 March 2013

There is no wonder that Dresden is not only one of the largest cultural centres in Germany, but also the industrial city. The proof of this fact is the transparent factory (“Die Gläserne Manufaktur” is the original German name) of Volkswagen in Dresden which was opened in 2001. Since that time Die Gläserne Manufaktur has been the production site for the Phaeton, Volkswagen's luxury sedan. As the factory is made of glass, any passerby can witness the process of a manual car assembly. Actually, there are lots of opportunities for visitors, for instance, everybody can learn more about the open-to-view assembly process during a guided tour.

  • Where: Dresden, Germany. “Die Gläserne Manufaktur” is situated in 10 minutes walking to the historic centre, on Lennéstraße 1.

The Zwinger, historic centre

Die Gläserne Manufaktur, main entrance

Facts

  • The factory's walls are made almost completely of glass
  • Height of vehicle tower: 40 m
  • Investments: over €185 million

Here, new cars wait for future owners:

Vehicle tower of the Volkswagen transparent factory

Piazza is the starting point for guided tours. For visitors there is presented the architectural model of Die Gläserne Manufaktur.

Piazza

Facilities & services

  • Guided tours
  • Children’s tours
  • Restaurant & Bistro “Lesage”
  • The Manufactory shop

Restaurant & Bistro “Lesage”

Die Gläserne Manufaktur outside:

Admission: entrance is free. Guided tours are extra charged; advance registration is possible on the website.

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