• phaeno - The World of Phenomena (Foto: Janina Snatzke)
  • phaeno - The World of Phenomena (Foto: Janina Snatzke)
  • phaeno - The World of Phenomena (Foto: Nina Stiller)
  • phaeno - The World of Phenomena (Foto: Lars Landmann)
  • phaeno - The World of Phenomena
  • phaeno - The World of Phenomena (Foto: Nina Stiller)
  • phaeno - The World of Phenomena (Foto: Heiner Müller-Elsner)
  • Temporary Exhibition "Smart New World" (Foto: Janina Snatzke)
  • Temporary Exhibition "Smart New World" (Foto: Janina Snatzke)
  • Temporary Exhibition "Fairy Machines" from 16th November 2019 (Foto: Lars Landmann)

People are naturally curious. They enjoy unlocking secrets, solving mysteries and constantly discovering new things. From frozen shadows to the fire tornado, you’ll find an incredible number of possibilities to give free rein to this curiosity at phaeno in Wolfsburg and to embark on an adventure tour through the world of phenomena.
Experience “one of the dozen most important modern works of architecture in the world” (the Guardian newspaper in England). This exceptional building was created by the star architect and Pritzker Prize-winner Zaha Hadid and its fascinating design has a marvelous impact.

Our new children's area has been opened. Here you can find further information.

You can find all usefull information compiled in our General Information Brochure.

For your orientation you can download this phaeno map.

Opening Times

Opening Times

Tuesday to Friday: 9:00 am to 05:00 pm.
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am to 06:00 pm. 

Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mondays and 24.12. / 31.12.: Closed

Price and Tickets

Price and Tickets

Single tickets

(the prices in brackets are valid as of February 2023)

Adults: 15,00 €

Children under 2 years old: free admission  

Children from 3-5 years old: 5,00 €

Children/young adults from 6 to 17 years of age: 10,00 € 

Seniors*: 12,00 €

Reduced admission**: 12,00 € 


Family tickets

Families receive a 25% discount on the total price of the day tickets.

(Example calculation for an all-day admission with the family:

1 adult (15.00 €) + 1 senior (12.00 €) + 1 teenager (10.00 €)

+ 1 young child (5.00 €) = 42.00 € - 25% = 31.50 €) 


Group tickets

(15 people or more; prior notification required)

Adults: 15,00 €  

Children/young adults from 6 to 17 years of age: 8,00 € per person  

Seniors*: 9,60 € per person 

Reduced**: 9,60 € per person 

Groups are requested to give at least 7 days advance notice 
under +49 (0)5361 - 890 100.


Seniors*: Seniors/pensioners over 60 years old on presentation of a valid ID card.

**Reduced admission granted on presentation of a valid document or pass: school students over 18 years, students, trainees/apprentices, senior citizens/pensioners, those in federal volunteer service, travel agency representatives, disabled persons, social security cardholders and unemployed persons.

Subject to alterations!



phaeno is adjacent to Wolfsburg central station. You can easily reach Wolfsburg by ICE high-speed train from Berlin and Hannover.

90 steps is the distance from the station to the main entrance, 3,800 steps the equivalent of the distance from the A39 motorway exit to phaeno. What do we learn from that? Distance is relative. And the way to phaeno isn't very far!

The navigation system adress for parking in the underground car park:

An der Vorburg 1, 38440 Wolfsburg



phaeno is accessible for the disabled. Please find detailed information in the brochure.



  • (Andreas Kostka)
  • (Klemens Ortmeyer)
  • phaeno vom Vorplatz aus gesehen mit den Türmen des VW-Kraftwerks im Hintergrund. (Foto: Janina Snatzke)
  • (Foto: Philip Gunkel)

The phaeno building in the centre of Wolfsburg looks like a spacecraft that has just landed. Resting on its ten cone-shaped “feet”, the concrete structure spanning 154 metres seems to almost hover in the air. 

Designed by the Iraq-born architect Zaha Hadid, the imposing structure sits enthroned high above street-level. The exhibition space, resting on conic supports and sublimely illuminated, emerged as the victorious project from an international competition staged in 2000. The architect has devised a home for phaeno that breaks with many conventions and that liberates the area beneath it as a kind of urban space in the form of a covered artificial landscape with gently undulating hills and valleys. Since November 2005, the futuristic apparition has been raising eyebrows in amazement and making eyes gleam with awe among passers-by.

The inside of phaeno seems to be from another world as well: a free-flowing space framed by cast concrete. Without any right angles. Entwined over several levels. An ideal location for adventurers and discoverers. And a fantastic achievement of the architect Zaha Hadid.

(Information about the architecture of phaeno as PDF file.)

Interested in a conducted tour on the impressive architecture?


Service hotline

Tourismus-Information Wolfsburg

Phone: +49 (0)5361 - 899 930



Our Service Center staff is happy to answer any questions you may have Monday through Friday between 9 am and 5 pm.

Phone: +49 (0)5361 - 890 100
Email: info@phaeno.de