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While I usually rely on Sat Nav to get everywhere, I think it
overcomplicates the route to the Ring by going via Liege / Antwerp, and the
A roads to the west of the Ring. I have also tried the shortest route as an alternative, which brings you in
to the Ring from the west, via Liege and Aachen, and although the country roads are
excellent along the way, it took a lot longer than the motorway, so is
only advisable if you're not in a hurry to get to the 'Ring/back
For the simplest route from the UK to Germany:
On the way back, drive East or Northeast until you find signs to Koln. Follow them and then look for the E40 and stay on it, following signs to Brussels, then Ostend, then Calais / Dunkerque.
Detailed route from the UK and Europe to the Nurburgring
Enter your starting point and the Google Gadget below will display a map and route instructions. It will also give an approximate distance (including sea crossing if appropriate) and estimated travel time. Click the "View Larger Map" tab to customise your route. For most cities in the UK it will assume you want to take the Channel Tunnel; you might find it easier to follow the route if you enter Calais or Dunkerque as your starting point.
Google Maps by default calculates the quickest route and will use motorways for most of the journey.
Approximate distances by road from some major cities outside of Germany:
Brussels is a good stopover point if you are coming from the UK and want to break up the trip into two legs. You can also find photo-directions here for three of the most popular routes:
If travelling by public transport, the best advice I can offer is 'don't - fly to Hahn and rent a cheap car instead'. The Nurburgring is in the middle of the triangle between Luxembourg, Cochem and Gouvy on the map below (look in the southwest corner) and is poorly serviced by the rail network. The Nurburgring is in the middle of Luxembourg-Cologne and Liege-Koblenz in the bottom left of this picture (click to expand).
If you are flying in to Germany, fly to Frankfurt Hahn, Frankfurt Main (closer to Frankfurt but further away from the Ring), Koln/Bonn (about 70km away), or Dusseldorf. More detailed guides will follow, but for now use the Deutsche Bahn travel website to plan a route, and try as many alternatives as you can.
In the end you may find it easiest to hire a car, or get a taxi if you are in a group of people
Ben's original travel advice for public transport from Frankfurt Hahn is:
Total ticket cost about €25 (one-way).
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