Located on the banks of the Ebro, the largest river in Spain, Zaragoza is one of the biggest cities on the Spanish mainland by number of inhabitants. Renowned for its commitment to sustainability, this city in north-eastern Spain is also known for its annual October festivals. In addition to bullfighting festivals, there's also beer festivals that rival the German Oktoberfest. For those catching the train to Zaragoza, the final port of call on any journey will be Zaragoza-Delicias railway station. This modern station is incredibly accessible, with convenient links to the local rail services and metro connections too. The train to Zaragoza from Madrid is an incredibly quick journey, with services taking approximately 1h30mins and requiring no connections.

Visiting Wolfsburg

After walking from Wolfsburg station to the VW museum, car enthusiasts will be delighted by approximately 130 historic cars on permanent display, with the iconic VW Beetle taking pride of place. Other themes include the Golf range, campervan models, and other design studies. The nearby VW Autostadt, an open-air museum and theme park, is very glitzy. It is devoted to branding and public relations, and a worthwhile visit for enthusiasts.

Of course, not everything in this city is new, nor all about VW cars. There is the Medieval Wasserburg Neuhaus, a well-preserved, moated castle in the village of Neuhaus, which can be reached via the 204 bus service from the station. And, there is the city’s own castle too, set in the pleasant greenery of the Schlosspark. This can be reached after an 18-minute walk from the VW Museum or, for visitors who’d prefer to head straight to the castle from the railway station, it’s a 25-minute walk north. The castle is a lovely setting for the annual festivals of arts and handicrafts that take place there. There is also a municipal gallery in the castle grounds, which has a wide-ranging contemporary art collection, making this the cultural heart of the city.

When it’s time for some food, the area around the Autostadt provides a variety of fast-food or slow-food options, with many establishments offering the regional favourites — Pottwurst (a kind of sausage made by mixing meat with grains) and Sauerkraut.

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