Headbang your way to the heavy metal mecca
Wacken Open Air is the biggest, most beloved heavy metal festival in Europe, if not the world.
Since it's birth in 1990, Wacken Open Air has rightfully earned the crown as the bucket-list heavy metal music festival, taking place in the municipality of Wacken near Hamburg, Germany.
Having spawned several documentaries about its history and cultural impact, the folklore surrounding Wacken Open Air contributes to its ongoing mythology which brings loyal metalheads through their hallowed gates year-on-year.
Considered as one of the world's last 'true' heavy metal festivals, disciples of heavy metal, hard rock, and all the riffs in between make the pilgrimage from across all corners of the globe - people come from far and wide, and tickets sell out in a matter of minutes.
The Wacken Open Air experience is as sought after as the lineup, but with over 150 artists performing across 8 stages within 280 hectares, there's plenty of room for 80,000 devoted metalheads from 80 different nations to headbang till sunrise.
During the festival, the small town of Wacken submits itself to the heavy metal overlords, with stages, stalls, campground etc. spread out throughout a massive section of flat land.
Hauptstraße 82, Wacken, 25596, Germany
The nearest airport is Hamburg Airport (HAM). Upon arrival take the S1 train to Hamburg-Altona(S) (37 minutes). Switch to the RE11018 train 1 stop to Itzehoe (43 minutes). From here take the 14 bus to Boll, Wacken (30 minutes). The 2 minute walk to the festival site will be clearly marked from here.
The nearest trian station is Itzehoe. From here take the 14 bus to Boll, Wacken (30 minutes). The 2 minute walk to the festival site will be clearly marked from here.
Alternatively, you can take the Metal Train which is an entire train dedicated to bringing metalheads to Wacken Open Air. Find out more information here.
And for the way home, the festival has set up special high speed trains to take you from Itzehoe to either Elmshorn or Hamburg on Sunday. Find out more information here.
As well, there is an around the clock shuttle between Itzehoe and the festival entrance which runs non stop.
Yes, there is large festival campground which accommodates tents and RVs and camping is included in the price of the festival ticket. There are also luxury camping options.
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