On Bub’s birthday last month we decided to take him to Karthalle Wittlich to go Go-Karting. He had done it in Belgium with a friend and had fun but we are wanting to wait to go there while Boo is back for his Christmas break, so we decided to check this one out because it’s so close.
It was easy to find, the GSP address took us right to the building, however it is behind a car wash and at first we were confused as to why the GPS was taking us to the car wash! We drove past the car wash and the go-kart building was right behind it. Parking was easy to find next to the building.
When you go for the first time you have to buy a 2 year membership for €3 each. You also have to buy a hood to wear under the helmets for €3 each. €34 will buy you 4 rounds of 8 minutes of driving. We spent €44 for Mr. B & Bub to drive 2 rounds each. Also know they ONLY take Euro! After you have signed up you’ll get a free round on your birthday, unfortunately we did not get it that day even though it wad Bub’s birthday.
The first time you go it will take you a few extra minutes to get the membership stuff set up, each person who is driving will need one. The guy working there spoke English well and explained it to us. You get on the computers and sign yourself up.
This may not be a great place to go if you you have younger kids or girls…I’m not sure the official age limit but they did not want to let our 11 year old daughter drive, which she was OK with but just so you know. The guy told me something about girls not being good drivers and that we’d have to pay for any damage if she wrecked…so had she been a boy he would’ve let her drive? We had gone there with the intent of her & I watching & taking photos, but I wanted to know for blogging purposes 😉
These are not the ‘gentle’ go-karts you may be used to in the States, they go really fast! Also know that the building is not heated so if your going in the fall/winter you should bring warm jackets and gloves, otherwise your hands will be freezing after the 8 minutes.
The track was much smaller than the one Bub drove in Belgium. They do keep track of your speed and post he winners at the end of the round, we also found that they scores get emailed to you as well with the email that you used to sign up for the membership.
Bea and I sat upstairs in the cafe area which was nice and heated, they also have free wifi but you need to log into it via Facebook or using an email, we weren’t there long enough to worry about it. Bea sipped on a soda (€1,80) while we watched the guys.
I know some Americans have had birthday parties here as well.
According to Bub it would be much more fun if there were several people there racing at the same time instead of just the 2 of them, so we’ll keep that in mind for future visits. We went on a Saturday and there was only 1other group of 4 people there and they were racing the opposite rounds of Mr. B & Bub.
Overall they had a good time but it’s really not a ‘family’ event like the website says unless your kids are older and/or boys.
Know Before You Go:
What: Karthalle Wittlich in Wittlich, Germany.
How To Get There: It’s about 20 minutes from Spangdahlem. GPS address: Otto-Hahn-Str. 17 54516 Wittlich, Germany
Parking: Is right next to the building.
Cost: Depends on # of people and # of rounds, don’t forget about the first time €3 membership fee (good for 2 years) and the €3 hood fee, both are per person. Single ride is €9 for 8 minutes. You can also purchase set of four 8 minute rides for €34 or ten 8 minute rides for €80. They ONLY take Euro so make sure you have it with you when you go.
Traveling with little kids: You need to bring something to keep them entertained as they won’t be able to drive/ride on the go-karts. There is free wifi available after you log in using Facebook or an email.
How long: Plan on at least 1 hour, if it’s your first time visiting. Subsequent visits will not require signing up for a membership and could be shorter or longer depending on how many rounds you want to race.
Where to find info: Above links