Newcomer with questions

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  1. hecatomblm

    hecatomblm Newbie

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    I'm from the US and this will be my first time at Wacken. Can anyone answer some simple questions?

    1) When we pay for the full 3 days, does that include camping Sunday night? When do they kick people out?

    2) Can we park right where we camp? (I mean, can I sleep in my rented car, right in the camping area, if I don't bring camping gear with me to Europe?)

    3) Is it smart to drive in Germany only with a foreign driver's license, or do I need something like an international driver's permit (IDP)?

    4) I ordered tickets from metaltix.com, but they don't ship them to the US, so I have to pick up the tickets at Wacken. Does anyone know where I pick them up, and what I have to show to get them (e.g. photo ID)?

    Thanks \m/
     
  2. -R4-

    -R4- W:O:A Metalhead

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    hi

    1) not, you can camp till saturday night, you've to free the camp the sunday morning

    2) you can park your car next to your tent, but if you dont want to camp in a tent, you can sleep directly in the (rented) car

    3) dont know :D wait for another one to answer

    4) im not sure but probably you have to go to the woa office (not so far from the festival) and i think that your photo id is enough :D
     
  3. agresionpower

    agresionpower W:O:A Metalgod

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    1) it does not but there are people who camp sunday night as well, don't know when they kick you off.

    2) see -R4-s answer

    3) sorry can't help you

    4) WOA office, but I think it's also possible to get them at the supermarket in town.
     
  4. gnoff

    gnoff W:O:A Metalmaster

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    3) Getting some sort of international license that you make sure is valid in Germany would be a good idea.

    Try calling the German embassy and asking them if they know.

    http://www.germany.info/relaunch/info/missions/embassy/embassy.html

    In Sweden the organization sort of resembling your AAA issues the international license, try calling them and asking.

    http://www.aaa.com/scripts/WebObjects.dll/ZipCode.woa/wa/route

    When driving in Germany, be prepared for "staus" in traffic, i.e. huge stand still traffic jams that turns up out of nowhere.
    You might be going in 160 kmh and suddenly need to brake to zero. Pay attention to people lighting their warning lights, then they've usualy seen a "stau" up ahead.
     
  5. Aussie Odin

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    I'm from Australia and rented a camper van in Germany to go to Wacken in 2005 - when I picked up the van the van bloke asked for my IDP, as well as my Aussie driver's licence. Fortunately I had an IDP so there were no hassles.

    We're hiring a camper van again for Wacken '07 and our drivers are getting IDPs to avoid any probs.

    So I'd recommend that you get an IDP - they should be easy to get (just go through your auto club) and are pretty cheap - it's a small price to pay to avoid problems if you front up to collect your rent-a-car without an IDP and they tell you to bugger off....
     
  6. Quark

    Quark W:O:A Forumsstammgast

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    But don't forget, minimum age for an IDP for Germany (and the rest of Europe) is 18, and not 16 like in the US!!!!!
     
  7. hecatomblm

    hecatomblm Newbie

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    another question

    Thanks for the replies!

    Another question: are there ATMs at the festival site? It would prefer to get cash occasionally from an ATM than to show up with 3 days worth of cash in my pockets.
     
  8. Sam Przyborowski

    Sam Przyborowski W:O:A Metalhead

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    Theres an ATM in the village a few minutes walk away. Of course there can be big queues during the peak periods so its best to go at some stupid time in the morning..
     
  9. Kate McGee

    Kate McGee W:O:A Metalgod

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    That's true, but this year they are going to have three ATMs directly on the festival grounds as well :) it was in the German news section only.
    So you can choose which queue to wait in :D perhaps the queue inside the village is not as long...if you're lucky. ;)
     
  10. gnoff

    gnoff W:O:A Metalmaster

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    well...

    "occasionally" might be sort of a bad idea.

    I used the ATM once my first year, and there are good reasons why it never happened again.

    First it does take a while to walk to the village, then they have two ATMs if I remember correctly.

    I stood in line in blazing sun for about 4 hours to get cash, missed all but 2 songs of Immortal that I really wanted to see.

    So now I just bring all the cash I think aI'll need, plus some more.
     
  11. Quark

    Quark W:O:A Forumsstammgast

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    http://www.wacken.com/nl/woa2007/ma...-geldautomat-direkt-auf-dem-festivalgelaende/

    So it wasn't only in German, but I admit, Dutch isn't the easiest language. :D:D
     
  12. agresionpower

    agresionpower W:O:A Metalgod

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  13. RowdyRaptor

    RowdyRaptor Newbie

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    I agree, don't count on the ATMs at Wacken. Carry a bunch of cash on you, be prepared, have an emergency fund, and for crap's sake a zipper or button on your pocket, or be a nerd and wear a moneybelt. ;)

    GET AN INTERNATIONAL DRIVER's LICENSE. It's just a translation of your American license, but it is vital. I got mine through AAA. Your insurance provider might be more helpful and simpler than calling the embassy.
     

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