Nurburgring is 90 km (55 Miles) south-west of Cologne and 60 km (36 Miles) north-west of Koblenz. An excellent road system makes it easy to get to from the major airports of Cologne and Dusseldorf.
The Nurburgring returns to the F1 calendar in 2009 after agreeing a deal with German's other F1 track, Hockenheim, to alternate hosting the German GP.
The Nurburgring first entered the grand prix action in 1984 with a European Grand Prix, but lost out to Hockenheim for the right to stage the German equivalent.
The old circuit was 14 miles long and fast and dangerous by many standards. Its demise came soon after Niki Lauda's horrific crash.
After progressive improvements the Nurburgring Grand Prix now provides a fast and forgiving venue. There are wide run-off areas and large gravel traps add greatly to the safety feature. The circuit hosted the 1998 Luxembourg Grand Prix.