Volkswagen factory in Dresden to double as tourist attraction

DRESDEN, Germany -- Volkswagen is building an unusual facility in this city in eastern Germany -- a car-assembly factory that will double as a tourist attraction.

Expected to open in the summer of 2000, the glass-walled plant will be located next to Dresden's Strassburg Square, close to the Grosser Garten park and a short distance from the old city.

The facility will be 450 yards long and will be dominated by a 120-foot glass tower where finished cars will be stored.

"The assembling will take place on several levels and can be observed from the street as well as from the cafes and restaurants, which, along with a VW cinema theater and an art gallery, are part of the complex," a

spokesman said.

Volkswagen plans to build its top-of-the-line, luxury car model in the new facility, and the manufacturer said it expects thousands of buyers to come to Dresden to watch the final assembly of their automobiles and to take delivery there.

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