Hockenheimring (Hockenheim)

Opened in 1932 following the wish of a local timekeeper who wanted a racing track in his home town of Hockenheim, the Hockenheimring has hosted a variety of major motor racing events.

The Formula One German Grand Prix was first held at the circuit in 1970, and then continuously from 1977 to 2006 (with the exception of 1985). From 2007, the German Grand Prix has alternated between the Hockenheimring and Nürburgring.

Traditionally the Hockenheimring is the finale of the DTM touring car series, continuously holding a race at the circuit every season except 1985. Other events hosted at the circuit include Drag racing and Rallycross.

Location & Travel

The Hockenheimring is located near the town of Hockenheim, located in the Baden-Württemberg state in the Rhine valley of Germany.

Air: The nearest international airport’s are at Frankfurt (50 miles north) and Stuttgart (75 miles south), which between them serve many international and European destinations.

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Driving & Parking: There are both free and paid car parking options available close to Hockenheimring, if travelling from the North use car parks P2, P8 and P9 or from the South use P5 or P6. It is recommended using the following routes on race weekend depending on the direction you are travelling from:

Driving from the North

  • A6 Mannheim/Frankfurt: Exit AS29 “Schwetzingen / Hockenheim”
  • A61 Koblenz/Cologne: Exit AS64 “Hockenheim”, take the L722 to Hockenheim, from Hockenheim follow the signs.
  • A5 Heidelberg/Frankfurt: Exit AS39 “Walldorf”, follow the signs via B39.

Driving from the South

  • A5 Karlsruhe/Basel: Exit AS39 “Walldorf”, follow the signs via the B39
  • A6 Heilbronn/Stuttgart: At motorway intersection “Walldorf” onto the A5 towards Heidelberg/Frankfurt. Exit AS39 “Walldorf”, follow the signs via the B39.
  • A6 Heilbronn/Stuttgart: At motorway intersection “Walldorf” onto the A5 towards Heidelberg/Frankfurt. Exit AS39 “Walldorf”, follow the signs via the B39.

Train: There is a train station in Hockenheim, being approximately 3km from the circuit. It is possible to walk to the circuit from the station in about 30 minutes, or free shuttles run over the race weekend from Friday to Monday. Direct trains from Mannheim take about 20 minutes, with Heidelberg (50 minutes), Frankfurt and Stuttgart (70 minutes) all requiring a change in Mannheim.


Ticket prices vary considerably for the Formula 1 and the DTM depending on which day you attend and which kind of ticket you want – varying from VIP to Grandstand to General Admission.

For further information and to purchase tickets, visit the official Hockenheim website here and DTM website here.

Where to Stay in Hockenheim

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Further Information

Hockenheim Official Website

F1 German GP Official Website

DTM Hockenheim Official Website

Last Updated on February 24, 2021 by Sports Tourist

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