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A heavy metal mecca
Wacken Open Air is Germany's – and one of Europe's – biggest heavy metal music festivals, having established itself right at the top of every metal fan's bucket list.
First held in 1990, Wacken Open Air has been consistently bringing the scene's very best and rising talent to the town of Wacken in the three decades that have followed. And with that, it now attracts disciples of heavy metal, hard rock and more to make the pilgrimage from far and wide to what they regard as one of the world's last 'true' heavy metal festivals.
The subject of multiple documentaries, Wacken Open Air's influence goes far beyond its festival gates with it regarded as one of the flagship brands of the heavy metal scene, while its cultural impact is never understated.
The Wacken Open Air experience is as sought after as the lineup, but with over 150 artists performing across eight stages within 280 hectares, there's plenty of room for 80,000 devoted metalheads from 80 different nations to headbang till sunrise.
This year's lineup has yet to be announced for this stage.
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.
Wacken Open Air 2021, 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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