Travel Guide/ FAQs: Wacken Open Air
What makes Wacken Open Air stand out in the myriad of festivals is that it’s comparatively a lot more accessible and provides a plethora of ways with which yo can reach the venue and campsite. Here are a few ways to get to Wacken:
1. By Plane:
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.
2. By Train:
a) The nearest train 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.
b) Alternatively, you can take the Metal Train which is an entire train dedicated to bringing metalheads to Wacken Open Air.
c) 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.
d) As well, there is an around the clock shuttle between Itzehoe and the festival entrance which runs non stop.
3. Is there camping? How good are the camp facilities?
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.
The camping facilities are one of the best in the music festival scene with ample space to walk around and go on nature walks or such.
4. Daily Parking
From the direction of A23 exit Wacken there will be a parking space for a day directly behind the Wacken town sign on the left corner of the Edeka (supermarket) parking space.
5. Car Rentals
Rental cars can be booked at the airport in Lübeck and at the airport in Hamburg and are the easiest way to travel to Wacken. If you are arriving from Lübeck you would not have detours to Hamburg when renting a car.