You’ll have no doubt seen it 1000 times. Almost anyone who has been to the Ring will have posted a picture of themselves parked next to the big red Nurburgring sign. It’s a rite of passage for any Nurburgring disciple, new or old.
But where is the sign, and how do you get the best photo? Read this article to find out more.
Where is the Nurburgring sign?
The Nurburgring sign is on the side of the Ring Arena building, a large curved structure right on the edge of the road up at the Nurburgring boulevard.
To get here from the Nordschleife main entrance is less than a 5minute drive. Search Google maps for Nurburgring 1927. This will take you to the Nürburgring 1927 GmbH & Co. KG pin, which is right where the sign is.
Photo location 1 - on the near side of the road
The first, and probably most common photo you will see is with cars parked on the side of the road directly below the sign. This is easy as you’re coming in this direction if driving from the Nordschleife entrance.
To get a good shot from here of your car(s) and sign you need to get across to the other side of the road.
PLEASE be careful when crossing the road here, especially at night! Normally standing on the pavement on the other side of the road gives you enough space to frame your car and the sign without getting much other road furniture in.
Photo location 2 - on the far side of the road
Sometime you’ll see pics of cars parked on the other side of the road. To get here, just turn around at the next roundabout, only a few metres further down the road.
The problem with this spot is that the barriers and other road furniture get in the way of your car, so this is definitely less of a favourite.
Photo location 3 - eSports bar car park
Our favourite spot for a picture is in the car park for the eSports bar, the sim racing centre which is one of my favourite things to do near the Nurburgring when the track is shut. The parking area is the purple area shown below, just next to the road. This car park can be entered from either the Dorint Motorsport hotel, or the roundabout next to the entrance to the Ring Werk centre.
The car park is usually empty, so once you’re in there’s normally a lot of different options for where you can park to get the best shot. If you want to get as close as possible you can get them on the grass next to the railings, or put the cars a little further away in the car park itself.
Whatever shot you go for here, there’s normally a lot of time and space to play around with different angles and positions to get the perfect photo. You might even get your own photo taken in the process…
Is the sign on at night?
The Nurburgring sign is illuminated 24 hours a day. Whilst this road can be pretty busy in the day time, especially at weekends, leaving it until the sun goes down often means you can get a shot without any other traffic.
It also means you can get some pretty cool photos – the sign illuminated at night looks awesome.
Other static photo locations
If you are looking for a spot to get a static picture of your car with the track in the background, your options are pretty limited.
Once place is down at Breidscheid bridge in Adenau. If you park your car in just the right spot of the Cafe zur Nordschleife car park, you may just be able to get the track in the background. But the grey sound attenuating barriers that now line the edge of the track might put a spanner in the works.
The best spot may well be at the main spectator area, known as Brünnchen. This is known as ‘Youtube Corner’ or ‘the bowl’.
On a weekend the car park here will probably be incredibly busy as watching novices navigate the Ring during tourist driving is a great spectator sport. Read our full guide on Brünnchen corner, why it’s YouTube Corner, why everyone crashes there and a detailed look at how to get there.
Find a quiet time and you can park you car right on the edge of the hill overlooking the circuit, to get the track in the background.
To get to the Brünnchen car park it is less than a 10 minute drive from the Nordschleife entrance. Just search Brünnchen (or Brunchen) in Google maps and it will take you to this exact car park.