Wacken, Schleswig-Holstein

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Coat of arms of Wacken
Coat of arms
Wacken  is located in Germany
Coordinates: 54°1′12″N 9°22′39″E / 54.02000°N 9.37750°E / 54.02000; 9.37750Coordinates: 54°1′12″N 9°22′39″E / 54.02000°N 9.37750°E / 54.02000; 9.37750
Country Germany
State Schleswig-Holstein
District Steinburg
Municipal assoc. Schenefeld
 • Mayor Axel Kunkel
 • Total 7.1 km2 (2.7 sq mi)
Elevation 26 m (85 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 1,832
 • Density 260/km2 (670/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 25596
Dialling codes 04827
Vehicle registration IZ
Website www.wacken.de
For the Belgian town formerly known as Wacken, see Wakken.

Wacken is a municipality near the town of Itzehoe in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Wacken was first mentioned in 1148, but there were probably some settlements before, which is proven by the trove of Germanic artefacts.

Today, Wacken is famous for annually staging the world's biggest open air metal festival, "Wacken Open Air", which has hosted popular metal acts such as Iron Maiden, Saxon, Alice Cooper, Deep Purple, Mötley Crüe, Slayer, Rammstein, Motörhead and Judas Priest.

The festival is held in July, a period which often has stormy weather in that area.

Due to the festival the entry sign to the village is frequently a victim of road sign theft.


External links[edit]

(German) The town's official website