The Volkswagen Westfalia Camper has become something of an icon in European and American culture, as a symbol of hippy and surf culture that grew in the mid-to-late 1960s. Westfalia’s today epitomize the outdoor adventure lifestyle because of their “swiss-army knife” life functionality. Favored by surfers, climbers, skiers, artists and adventure travelers in general Westy’s can do it all in a small package.
Westfalia is the designation of various specially converted Volkswagen camper vans. It is named after Westfalia-Werke, the contractor that built the vans, which is headquartered in the town of Rheda-Wiedenbrück, located in the Westphalia region of Germany.
Westfalia began converting Volkswagen buses in 1951. Their famous “pop-top” package was added later, and became very popular on the second-generation VW Bus from 1968 to 1979 (T2), its successor the Vanagon(T3), and then the T4 EuroVan, which was discontinued in 2003.
The Westfalia design and pop-top van conversions are iconic and offer a one of a kind road and camping experience for adventurous travelers worldwide.