Visiting The Volkswagen Transparent Factory

The Volkswagen Transparent Factory in Dresden is where they make Volkswagen’s luxury sedan, the Phaeton. The Transparent Factory is situated in the city center of Dresden, Germany. The factory’s walls are made almost completely of glass. Its floors are covered entirely in Canadian maple. Its visitor-friendly layout was designed to accommodate up to 500 tourists per day. There are no smokestacks, no loud noises, and no toxic byproducts. The floors are so clean, you can eat off them. Volkswagen have planted 350 trees in the grounds.

The transparent factory handles final assembly only. Operations such as stamping and welding and the painting of the steel bodies take place in Zwickau. Painted bodies arrive at the factory by truck. The other 1200 parts and 34 preassembled components are shipped to a remote logistics center and are transferred from there to the factory via CarGoTrams that run on Dresden’s public transport tracks.

No pictures or videos are allowed while inside the transparent factory. Good thing I can’t read German!

Volkswagen Transparent Factory in Dresden

Volkswagen Transparent Factory in Dresden

Volkswagen Transparent Factory in Dresden

Volkswagen Transparent Factory in Dresden

Volkswagen Transparent Factory in Dresden

Volkswagen Transparent Factory in Dresden


47 thoughts on “Visiting The Volkswagen Transparent Factory”

  1. S Ahsan says:

    Are you done with your keynote? I wouldnt be surprised if you do a dot com pho there.

    1. John Chow says:

      Yes, my keynote is done and it went really great!

    2. Alex Dumitru says:

      That would be a good idea 🙂

      1. Hey John,

        Thanks for the video Glass factory with a balloon and movie inside the balloon. Who would have expected that?

        I’d like to see someone actually eating off the factory floor. Are you sure it’s Canadian maple? Did they actually say that?

        1. John Chow says:

          Yes, they actually said the floor was made from Canadian maple. The place was super clean. You wouldn’t believe they make cars there.

          1. Yes this one was looking like as some corporate office … but this was factory … simply awesome.

          2. d3so says:

            Yeah I wouldn’t expect a factory to be all neat and clean.

          3. I am sure they got 100 out of 100 for managing such a nice way …

            what standard rules they are following ?

  2. dg says:

    Nice factory. Its interesting that in Europe, compared to North America, VW is a more presitigous brand while Mercedes is much less prestigious (notice all the Mercedes taxis?).

    1. Alex Dumitru says:

      Mercedes is very prestigious here too 🙂 What we don’t buy here very much are chevrolet and dodge

    2. Johannes says:

      Mercedes is very prestigious in Germany. The reasons for many taxis in Germany being a Mercedes is a) they have a great durability of up to 400.000km (motor), which makes the price per km kind of affordable for a professional and b) the fact that it is a prestigious brand lets clients rather choose a Mercedes taxi than a… Volkswagen taxi, if they are parked side to side. For a taxi owner it’s just a marketing advantage to own a Mercedes, not *in spite*, but *because* it is a prestigious brand.

      1. d3so says:

        I find it funny that MB produces industry vehicles but business is business when you have a great product.

        1. Certainly brand plays a great role in this kind of business.

          Your one time investment but you can enjoy it for long term.

  3. Dino Vedo says:

    Interesting factory… thanks for the recap…

    1. Lakhyajyoti says:

      It is good that they allow camera inside the factory.

      1. Dan Lew says:

        True, a lot of companies don’t allow it!

        1. They don’t allow it. Did you not read the post and watch the video?

          John did it anyway. That’s his style. But it’s ferboten.

          1. John did it for his visitors … so thank you John.

            But we do not want that you will get in trouble because of shooting at forbidden area so please take care of it.

          2. d3so says:

            well, it takes skill to do these kinds of things, I would try to do it as well.

          3. Lakhyajyoti says:

            They did not allow.But John did it for his readers.Thanks.

  4. Tyler says:

    Wow, those are some amazing pictures. What type of camera are using now a days John?

    1. John Chow says:

      I’m using a Canon SD980 digital subcompact camera. It was small enough for me to do stealth shooting. 😛

      1. Boy quality is simply amazing for both version.

        video and still.

      2. Free Picks says:

        You camera is just better than thr factory :p

      3. Lakhyajyoti says:

        Really it is great camera with some great features.

  5. Nick says:

    Nice factory John……and beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing

  6. Alex Dumitru says:

    Hopefully I’ll visit that factory too, because I really like their cars. Currently I drive an Audi, which is also made by Volkswagen 🙂

    1. Dan Lew says:

      My favourite Audi is the r8

  7. Lakhyajyoti says:

    Nice factory.Thanks for sharing images and the great video with us.VW looks damn good.

    1. Yeah John took the risk for his readers only.

      Really nice one and love to see your curiosity.

  8. Dan Lew says:

    A lot of cars there!

    1. That’s a very profound statement. How many are there, have you counted?

      1. That’s stupid question … John was there to enjoy the factory not counting cars … lollzz

        1. Lakhyajyoti says:

          No one will counted cars.

  9. Adam says:

    Hey John,

    I know what it is like to be over there and see how clean they keep things. I recently went to machine show where they make airplane parts and even with all the metal shavings and grease on all the parts everything was spotless on the floors.

    I hope you had fun, I can’t wait to go there.

  10. fas says:

    Do they charge for tourists to come and see the transparent factory?

    1. John Chow says:

      No, tours are always free.

      1. And John simply love FREE THINGS …

        They do not offer any free coffee ?

  11. krillz says:

    so John, when are you picking a winner for a new Passat CC ? 😛

  12. Eddie says:

    This looks like a pretty novel idea, too bad other car companies (aka American) probably won’t take this approach.

  13. I’m not a big fan of cars but I would definitely be in awe if I were standing in front of that transparent building.

  14. Abhik says:

    Ghoss!!!
    Man, look at the last image.
    You broke a rule man, didn’t they noticed you with that camera in hand?

    1. Great … shooting the photo of no camera with camera … lolzz

      John you got the guts.

  15. Tutorials says:

    This is a well displayed museum of cars. Is this the largest of all?

  16. Rajnish says:

    What a great place only metal frames are visible.

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