Wacken Open Air is a metal festival in the village of Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, which was first held in 1990. Currently it is considered one of the biggest heavy metal festivals in the world, attracting over 75,000 metalheads annually from all around the globe. Headlining acts like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Slayer, Motörhead, Megadeth, Bling Guardian, Rammstein, Scorpions and Ozzy Osbourne have rocked the double main stage throughout the years.
Wacken has over 150 bands playing every year on seven different stages, and even the beer garden has live bands entertaining attendants! Apart from the live performances, there are multiple options to enjoy your time at the festival. A huge number of food courts and shops can be found on the festival site, but Wackinger is also worth visiting if you need some medieval vibe and you are keen to see the vikings’ village and the knights’ camp, or you just want to see role-player battles or the highland games. In Welcome to the Jungle you can see wrestling, late night shows, but you also have the option to participate in metal yoga! Pretty brutal, right? In 2017, Wacken established a 7-km-long beer pipeline to make sure metalheads don’t go thirsty and they have access to beer coming from Wacken’s own brewery any time it is needed. This was also an aim to make the festival more eco-friendly by cutting down on traffic and waste. Wacken definitely has everything a metal enthusiast could wish for!
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to the festival?
Wacken has plenty of official travel partners, who organize travelling to the festival. What is included in the trip varies by partners, but they offer several options from ticket and travelling packages to just the trip, or a roundtrip in European cities, with Wacken Open Air as the pinnacle. For the full list of official partners click here.
If your country does not have an official travel partner with Wacken, or you decide to organize your trip on your own, we have you covered! If you are travelling from abroad, your best options might be to fly either to Hamburg, Frankfurt, or Berlin. From Hamburg, take a train to Itzehoe, from where shuttle buses are available. From Frankfurt and Berlin, you can also take the train, by changing in Hamburg and following the same travel plan mentioned before.
You also have the option to take transfer buses from Hamburg airport, Hamburg Remedy, Berlin ZOB and Berlin Tegel, for which you can book your ticket online here.
If you are travelling by car, the festival organizers suggest to use your navigation system until you reach their signposted arrival route. From there, follow their traffic control system which will guide you to the parking areas. Heavy vehicles (caravans, camper vans, motor homes and transporters) are allowed without any extra fee to be paid, as long as they are not above 11 meters and 3,5 tons. If your vehicle exceeds this limit, it is not allowed to access the camping area.
For more details about travelling to the festival, click here.
Is there a festival campsite?
Wacken has a huge festival campsite, with the areas named from A-Z! Most of the camping areas are available for parking as well, and the whole campsite has plenty of facilities, from food trucks to various shops. Wackinger, Welcome to the Jungle, Bullhead City Circus Circus, Wacken Plaza and Wacken Center can also be found on the campsite.
If you don’t have your own tent or just can’t be bothered taking your own camping equipment, you have the option to rent a tent! Click here to find more details about “rent your tent”.
You also have the option to stay at Camper Park Wacken, and information about their offers and services can be found here.
However, if you are not keen on camping and would rather stay in a hotel, Wacken has a list of nearby hotels for you.
An official map of the Wacken camping site can be found here.
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