Accommodation – 2018 German Grand Prix

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Where to stay near Hockenheim for the German Grand Prix. This year’s race is on July 20-22, 2018.

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The most convenient and popular place to stay for the German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring is trackside camping. If you don’t want to rough it, then you’ll need to stay in one of the larger towns nearby, such as Heidelberg or Mannheim, as accommodation closer to the track tends to get booked out very early. With the race around six months away, Mannheim has the best selection of mid-priced hotels with availability. Further afield, don’t discount staying in the larger cities of Frankfurt to the north or Stuttgart to the south, though the daily commute to the circuit gets more difficult (congested roads, overcrowded trains) as the weekend progresses.


Camping remains popular during the traditional European summer racing season, and Hockenheim is no exception. Thousands of fans from Germany and all over Europe camp at one of the many campsites within walking distance of the circuit. Prices are reasonable, though some sites can get a little drunken and rowdy. The best aspect of camping is that you don’t need to battle the road traffic or overcrowded trains and buses to get to the circuit each day.

  • Pitches for cars or motorbikes (up to 2 persons) cost €120 for up to five nights from Wednesday to Monday. Caravans and camper vans cost €140 for the same period. Additional persons on your pitch cost €40 each.
  • All campsites have electricity, showers and toilets, and bars/catering are always nearby
  • Reservations are necessary. Online sales via the circuit have not yet launched, but you can call the circuit on + 49 6205 950 211 or email to book your pitch. Alternatively, you can book online here but the prices are higher.
  • Download the Hockenheimring camping map.
  • CampingF1 also offers pitches from £80 per person and pre-erected tents from £170 per person in the nearby town of Leon-Rot


IntercityHotel Mannheim

  • Well-rated four star hotel just steps from the train station
  • Restaurant, bar and free WIFI
  • Doubles from €180 per night

Mercure Mannheim am Rathaus

  • Modern, well-rated chain hotel in the center, walking distance from the train station
  • Superior double room from €140 per night

Best Western Plus LanzCarré

  • Trusted chain, good location close to the train station
  • Double room from €155 per night. Apartments with kitchenettes also available.


Stay close to the circuit with F1 Experiences

F1 Experiences offers exclusive tickets packages for the FORMULA 1 GROSSER PREIS VON DEUTSCHLAND 2018 on July 20-22 with weekend prices starting from $699 USD. Add a 4-night stay in the four-star ACHAT Premium Walldorf/Reilingen hotel, just 4km from the circuit. Daily transfers to and from the circuit are included.


Steffis Hostel

  • Close to the railway station for trains to Hockenheim
  • Shared kitchen and communal areas to chat with fellow F1 fans
  • Bunk bed in mixed dorm for €25 per night
  • Well-rated pub, restaurant and hotel in a historic building
  • Great location in the old town, not far from the train station
  • Double room from €190 per night
  • 4-star international chain hotel with pleasant riverside location
  • Onsite restaurant and free WIFI throughout
  • Standard double/twin for €320 per night

Where do you recommend staying near the Hockenheimring? Leave a comment!

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  1. Randy Dal Molin says:


    I have been a formula 1 fan for more than 25 years so when my family and I planned a vacation to Paris this summer I naturally wanted to see if the dates match any Grand Prix dates. I will be in Paris on the weekend of the German Grand Prix on July 22, 2018. I see that I can purchase race day tickets on your site, do you have tickets you can recommend, mid level grandstands at $300-$400 is probably my upper limit. Also do you know if there are travel options from Paris on the day of the race? I am not sure I will be able to be away for the entire weekend with a Saturday night stay close to the track as it depends on cost or just travel early Sunday morning to the track and late Sunday back.

    Thank you,


    • Editor says:

      Hi Randy, I’d choose one of the lower priced North Tribune tickets (Red A or C). I’d take a look into flights to either Frankfurt or Stuttgart, and then hire a car for the day. Make sure you don’t book a return flight before at 9 or 10pm after the race. Good luck!

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