Wacken Open Air – ヴァッケン・オープン・エア

Schleswig-Holstein, Augustシュレースヴィヒ=ホルシュタイン 8月

One of the biggest heavy metal festivals in the world is held in a small Northern German village, Wacken. Every August cows have to step aside when 75.000 metalheads take over the serene countryside with their tents and caravans. Camping in the area is free for all who have purchased the festival ticket.


This three-day event draws bands and their fans from all over the world. The festival site is huge, over 240 hectares open field which includes eight stages, camping ground, beer tents, food stalls, places called Holy Ground and Wasteland. In thirty years this event has expanded from tiny to gigantic; nowadays W:O:A has almost two hundred bands and a lot of other activities. 


It was a great chance to explore German countryside at the same time. Wacken is in the middle of equally picturesque villages like Vaale and Agethorst; I have relatives in both of them, so no need for a tent! During the festival there is a non-stop shuttle bus commuting from the beautiful town of Itzehoe to Wacken, so it’s also possible to stay at a hotel.


Wacken Open Air
The festival is in the middle of beautiful countryside
My boots after first day

Wacken Open Air

Hauptstraße 47, 24869 Wacken, Germany

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