After Audi, we headed to Heidelberg, Germany for the rest of the day. Once we arrived we had some free time for lunch. We visited a traditional restaurant near the main square, don’t remember the name, but the food was excellent! The town has a very traditional and classic feel; its beautiful. Afterwards we had a walking tour of the city. Our guide was great and explained the history about the town very well.
The castle up top was a beautiful piece of architecture. There was plenty to admire once you enter garden square. The craziest part was the wine cellar this castle holds the largest wine barrel in the world. Apparently they used to send
kids tied to a rope in through the cork hole to clean the barrel, but within a few minutes they would pass out from the strong fumes, then they would just drag them out and send the next one in.
There isn’t much else to discuss you just need to see it. Keep an eye for a album I will link as I reach the end of the blog with many more pictures; I couldn’t possibly fit them all here. If you plan on visiting, I don’t think you need more than a day here. We were satisfied with the time we had in the city and didn’t feel like we missed out on seeing anything.
First up, we visited Audi in Neckarsulm, Germany. We had sometime to explore the showroom. This is essentially a city dedicated to Audi; its unbelievable how large their facility is. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take photos of the manufacturing processes.
This being my first tour, I was blown away; I never imagined I would be able to witness the manufacturing process of an automobile. It’s crazy to think that flat sheets of metal are shaped and formed into these incredible machines. The tour walked us through most of the manufacturing process, however we were not allowed to visit the paint shop due to the sensitivity of the process. The entire facility was very automated with little human intervention. It seemed there was one worker watching 5-7 machines at once just in case something went wrong or to switch out a component; its not as you see in the video link posted below. The final assembly was the most interesting to watch. As a kid, I watched several videos of the final assembly of some of my favorite cars; to experience it in person was a fantastic experience. Audi Neckarsulm
Welcome to Germany! This trip so far has been the greatest experience of my life. I’ve been here for three weeks now and have a ton of experience to share. I’d like to post them in order so be patient with me :D. To start, Pforzheim is a great little town with everything you need; plenty of restaurants and shopping. Nothing is particularly exceptional here so you don’t see tourists really, but because of that the city really starts to feel like a second home; after taking day/weekend trips, you’ll be relieved to come back to this little town. The classes at Pforzheim University thus far have been FANTASTIC. All our professors are incredibly well-versed in their fields. They teach you to think like an industrial engineer, and you can see these lessons in action once you tour the manufacturing plants. This was just a mere introduction, I’ll delve into detail for each trip we had!
Follow this Summer 2018’s Office of Study Abroad & International Experiences Global Correspondent, Nour Khreim, on his studies in Pforzheim, Germany!
Nour is a UMass Lowell Mechanical Engineering major studying this summer on a UMass Lowell Exchange study abroad program, Engineers Made in Germany (EMIG).