Saturday, 24 December 2016

Transparent Factory

Have you ever wondered how luxury cars are made? Today we will have the opportunity to visit an amazing car factory - the Transparent Factory in Dresden. It owns its name to the material from which it was built - almost all the walls are made of glass! 

The factory is large but is located relatively close to the city center in an area that used to be a fair area.

To limit the impact of the factory on the city, a special CarGo Tram was designed. It uses the regular tram rails and brings three times a day components from another site to the Transparent Factory.

Do you want to see the factory inside? Not only is it possible to enter inside but the factory offers a number of guided tours, available for many language and age groups.

As you see, the inside walls are also made of glass.

On the upper floors all stages of car manufacturing take place.

Here the so-called body-in-white arrive for the final assembly.

It is not allowed to take pictures inside but I took a few shots from a movie shown in the lobby. You can see how the seats are installed ...

... and doors are mounted.

The round-shaped tower houses ready-made cars awaiting for clients to pick them up.

The Transparent Factory is the birthplace of Volkswagen flagship car Phaeton.

Have you ever had the chance to sit in a car worth well over a hundred thousand euro?

The steering wheel made of well polished wood and high quality leather smells and feels like real luxury. 

Though I must tell you honestly that out of all the cars that I have seen in Dresden I liked best that one.

It is a Horch 951, built in 1938 by the father of the Audi brand. It does not have ABS or safety belts. But looks just amazing.

Who knows, maybe one day I will be able to afford a car like this. For the time being, I will keep on travelling by all means available. Because travelling is the essence of my life.

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