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Wacken: Metal Valhalla at the gates of Hamburg

The Wacken wanderers 2017

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  • Joris (26) from Holland: "Wacken is a totally crazy place that only exists for a few days every year - one single mega Metal Valhalla".

  • Eugenio (26) from Chile: "I'm from the biggest seaport in Chile – so to me Hamburg always feels a little bit like home".

  • Javier "Jedi" (32) from Spain: "I'm pretty well acquainted with the Elbe Tunnel, St. Pauli, the Town Hall and Hamburg's history. For example, I know you have more bridges than Venice".

  • José (38) & Carmen (32) from Chile: "For us, Wacken was always a legend – the fact that we're really here now is like a dream come true. We love Hamburg, particularly the Night Light on the Reeperbahn. You always meet nice metal-heads there".

  • Bert (25) from Belgium: "The best thing about Wacken is the sense of complete freedom. And the hot chili con carne, it's fantastic – and the price is right as well".

  • Marcus (31) from Canada: "This is my third time in Wacken. Just because you don't meet this many cool, warm-hearted people anywhere. Before we fly out again from Hamburg, we'll definitely go back to the Reeperbahn".

  • William (32) & Sabrina (26) from central Brazil: Lee (31) from China: "We're been planning our first time at Wacken for two years and now it's finally worked out. When we landed in Hamburg we even saw something of the city, for example the Reeperbahn and the Elbphilharmonie".

  • Rachel (30) & Lisa (28) from England: "It's much nicer and cleaner here than at other Festivals. Also, we thought Hamburg was super when we passed through, particularly the mix of old and new architecture - and all the sex shops. We'll definitely have to come again for a few days".

  • David (41) & Mayi (52) from Spain: "We've been married for two years now and this is our second Wacken together. We enjoy the music and like coming here".


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Our Authors

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    Andra Wöllert

    Andra Wöllert prefers writing, talking and dancing about subculture, lifestyle, music and social topics – mainly in Hamburg. Wenn she happens not to present at the radio station or to write about the nightlife of the city for Szene Hamburg, she probably enjoys a concert, dances through clubs and music videos or sweats during dance trainings.

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    André Krüger

    André Krüger drinks coffee, craft beer and gin. He likes to listen to music. Mostly jazz or classical music. Sometimes he writes about all that stuff. In real life he’s a freelancer who develops digital communication concepts.

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    Anika Meier

    An uncomplicated woman writes about complicated and beautiful things. Anika Meier is Hamburg’s dog content specialist and loves to go for a stroll in the rain. She writes about art and social media for Monopol Magazin and for anyone who needs texts to do with books, photography, art and Instagram. When she’s not checking her phone, she reads, blogs for artefakt and plays with This Ain’t Art School on Instagram.

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    Anna Weilberg

    Anna Weilberg is a freelance journalist and co-founder of, the digital magazine for girl power. Together with her two colleagues of femtastic, she has written the travel guide “Hamburg for women only (which, other than the title suggests, definitely contains some tips for men, too.

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    Anne Kleinfeld

    After a wild youth spent in the HHV commuter belt, and small forays throughout the country, Anne Kleinfeld works as a freelance author in Hamburg. She likes things that have wit, music, and love, and she is fascinated by human peculiarities. She writes best late at night with a weird cat in her lap.

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    Dirk Wilberg

    Dirk Wilberg is a North Frisian who grew up in the Münsterland, has been living in Hamburg since 2010 and runs not only the digital city magazine "Mit Vergnügen Hamburg" but also a music PR agency, a label, a music publishing company and a family in the Hanseatic city.

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    Imke Wrage

    Imke Wrage likes best to write about art, literature and pop culture. A book is her constant companion. If you don't find her at the Hamburg Oberhafen, she's probably sitting with a woodruff-flavoured ice cream on the Baltic Sea coast – that's where she comes from, and it draws her back every so often.

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    Kathrin Weßling

    Kathrin Weßling is a freelance journalist and author who works for SPIEGEL ONLINE, Neon, Brigitte and many other clients. She has two books under her belt to date (''Drüberleben" and "Morgen ist es vorbei"), both of which have received excellent press and TV reviews. Kathrin Weßling lives in Hamburg and is currently working on her third novel.

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    Kerstin Oppel

    Kerstin Oppel is a freelance film maker and a social media ninja. When she's not hunting for pastel coloured postcard-like pictures (or for old city centres), she explores Hamburg's east. Her favourite places in Hamburg: Hammer Park, Zentralbibliothek, and Café Brooks.

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    Kim-Lara Oswald

    Kim-Lara Oswald has been living in Hamburg for two years and refuses to buy an umbrella. She likes to ask questions – to herself and others. What she loves about Hamburg: the people and the Fischmarkt at sunrise.

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    Lena Frommeyer

    You will see Lena Frommeyer dash through Hamburg on her bike most of the time. A journalist by trade, she searches for topics in the niches of society and surveys the cultural landscape. She has been a senior editor at city magazine Szene Hamburg for a couple of years and recently started building the new master course "digital communication" at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW).

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    Lisa Scheide

    As a professional flavour hound, Lisa Scheide is always on the lookout for exceptional restaurants. And when the journalist isn't munching her way round Hamburg, she can be found combing through the city's cultural niches and hotspots, or with her nose in a newly discovered book.

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    Lisa-Marie Eckardt

    Lisa-Marie Eckhardt loves to travel the world over and write about it. However, she always comes back to Hamburg in the end. Her favourite thing is to sit on her embankment on the island of Wilhelmsburg with the sheep grazing nearby, relax and look across to the other side of the water.

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    Malte Brenneisen

    Malte Brenneisen is a journalist, lecturer and chose to live in Hamburg in 2009. Together with friends and family, he founded the editorial and design studio "Die Brueder" here (and in Berlin). Since 2016, Malte is a co-editor of the English-language city magazine "gentle rain".

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    Myriam Salome Apke

    Myriam loves to write stories on site - about people and what drives them. Whether it be for Radio Bremen or ZEIT. When she's not working or riding a bike, Myriam is dancing through life. She always feels better afterwards. At some point she'll buy a house in the countryside. That way she'll be able to write crime novels in peace and quiet - and in the midst of cows, chicken and horses.

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    Nicoline Haas

    Nicoline Haas is a freelance journalist who loves writing about sustainable projects and fine, traditional handcrafts. What she loves most about her Hamburg home is that there’s a lot of water and greenery, she enjoys relaxing in the Elbpark Entenwerder and zipping around the Vierlande and Marschlande, "Hamburg's flower and vegetable garden", on her bike.

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    Rudolf Klöckner

    Rudolf David Klöckner is a curator, blogger and author from Hamburg who has worked for many years at the interface of art and urban studies. The URBANSHIT blog is one of the leading German-language online media in the field of urban art and street culture.

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    Sascha Ehlert

    Sascha Ehlert is a freelance journalist, one of the Korbinian Verlag publishing house's three publishers, and founder and editor-in-chief of the arts magazine Das Wetter. Born in Berlin, he lived for a time in Hamburg's Barmbek district and still occasionally misses shopping at the Hamburger Meile and the tang of the wind on the Elbe. Photo: William Minke