In case you get lost on your journey, you can reach the organizers on location at +49 6721 159241. Please only call the number if it's really URGENT, as we are busy preparing the party.
Breakpoint is held in the city of Bingen, a small city located at the river rhine (Rhein) between Mainz and Cologne. It's perfectly reachable by airplane, train, car and even ship. On this page we have gathered lots of information and hints on how to get to Breakpoint the cheapest and most convenient way.
- Visitor-organized bustrips / group travels
- Going by car (from north, west, east, south, The way to the location in Bingen including photo guide)
- Going by train
- Going by airplane (REAL Frankfurt Airport)
- Going by cheapo airplane (Frankfurt-Hahn)
- Bus shuttle service, maps of Bingen etc
We currently know of the following bus trips:
- Danish bustrip from Aarhus, Jutland organized by Puryx/TBC^Scarab.
If you are planning to organize a bus trip / group travel not listed here, please drop us a note at !
Bingen is connected through the german motorways A60 and A61, which are connected to all major german motorways (A1, A3, A4, A5, A6). Here are a few suggested routes:
Get on the A7 direction Hannover (if you come from Sweden, get on A1 first till you reach A7 after Hamburg). Prepare for a loooooong ride till you get to the Hattenbacher Dreieck where you then leave the A7 to get on A5 direction Frankfurt/Main. Pass the Frankfurter Nordwestkreuz. Some km's later you will arrive at the Frankfurter Kreuz, A3 is the motorway to be then. Follow the signs to Mainz/Wiesbaden/Bingen (you'll see A67 and some others ;). You'll end up on the A60, direction Bingen. Follow it and see below.
If you are coming from north-west (Ruhr area, netherlands), check the directions for "west".
In case you care: Two exits before Bingen (Ingelheim-West/Gau-Algesheim), there is a McDonalds.
Coming from france, get on the A6 at Saarbrücken. At Kreuz Frankenthal you'll see the A61. Go there, direction Mainz/Alzey/Worms. Exit at Bingen (see below).
For those coming from Venlo/Aachen/Netherlands/Cologne: Get on the A1 which later merges into the A61. Pretty easy.
McDonalds: Exit Pfalzfeld, exit Waldlaubersheim (2 exits before Bingen); Burger King: exit Rheinböllen.
A9 is your friend. At Nürnberg, get on the A6, direction Mannheim/Heilbronn. Follow it until Kreuz Frankenthal, where you have to get onto the A61, direction Mainz/Alzey/Worms. Follow it till Bingen, then refer to below.
In case you're starting out below munich, first travel in that direction. From Munich, get on the A9 till Nürnberg (your route-planner may tell you to use A8, which is always full of traffic-jams). From there, get on the A6, direction Mannheim/Heilbronn. Follow it till Kreuz Frankenthal, where you have to get on the A61. Follow it till Bingen and see below.
When reaching Bingen on the A60 or A61, there isn't much you could do wrong. The most common mistake people make is using the wrong exit. Please do not exit at "Bingen-Sponsheim", exit at "Bingen-Mitte". Also from most directions the exists have been recently redesigned to be way too short, have wrong markings etc to be absolutely dangerous and confusing. Please drive SLOWLY.
Here's a small map for your way through Bingen. Click it for a larger view.
Rundsporthalle Büdesheim, Nuits-Saint-Georges-Strasse, 55411 Bingen am Rhein, Germany
In case you still get lost, maybe because you insisted on taking the wrong exit even after we warned you, ask the local people on how to get to "Rundsporthalle Büdesheim".
Also from the motorway exit on, there will be signs guiding you to the locations. They'll be white, A3 sized and have a big breakpoint logo on them.
See below for maps and infos regarding the hotel locations etc.
If you plan to go with a major airline, you will arrive at Frankfurt Airport. This is the real Frankfurt Airport, not to be mixed up with "Frankfurt"-Hahn, which is located 120km away.
If you are arriving on Thursday March 20th (evening before the party starts) or Friday March 21th (the day the party starts), you most likely will be able to catch one of our dedicated Breakpoint airport shuttle busses. Same goes for your way back: If your flight is leaving on Monday March 24th after the prizegiving, there again will be shuttle busses going to the Airport. For more information and registration for those shuttle busses, please see our Airport shuttle registration page.
In case there won't be a bus shuttle matching your flight, you'll instead have to take the train: Arriving at the Airport, you need to go the regional train station ("Regionalbahnhof"), not the long distance train station. There a few direct connections to Bingen per day, but in most cases you will have to change trains in Mainz. Direct connection is "Regionalbahn" direction Koblenz. Connection with change in Mainz is "S-Bahn S8" direction Wiesbaden. Then change to "Regionalbahn" direction Koblenz in Mainz Hbf (central station). In both cases, exit at "Bingen (Rhein) Hbf" (Central station), NOT "Bingen (Rhein) Stadt)" (City).
Directly in front of the Central Station, there is a bus stop where the free Breakpoint bus line will pick you up to bring you to the location.
The ticket price from Frankfurt to Bingen is 6 Euro. You have to use the ticket machines labeled with "RMV". The price category ("Preisstufe") to use is at the ticket machine is 5. You can also buy a group ticket for 5 people for 20 Euro.
Frankfurt-Hahn is an abandoned military airport located in the "Hunsrück" mountains. It's just called "Frankfurt" for marketing reasons - in fact it's 120 km away from Frankfurt, in a different state. Luckily it is pretty close to Bingen. And best of all: The cheapo airline Ryanair (and a few others) is going there. If you want to go by plane, make sure you check out if your home city is connected by those airlines.
As the airport is located in the middle of nowhere, getting from there to the party might be a bit complicated. But don't worry: If you are arriving on Thursday March 20th (evening before the party starts) or Friday March 21th (the day the party starts), you most likely will be able to catch one of our dedicated Breakpoint airport shuttle busses. Same goes for your way back: If your flight is leaving on Monday March 24th after the prizegiving, there again will be shuttle busses going to the Airport. For more information and registration for those shuttle busses, please see our Airport shuttle registration page.
If you are arriving or departing at/from the Airport outside these times, getting to Bingen will be a bit more complicated, as there is no regular direct Bus connection. You may either take the Bus to Mainz (1 hour ride) and then from Mainz take the regional train back to Bingen (the Bus crosses Bingen but doesn't stop there). Together this will be ~15 Euro/trip. Alternatively you may pick a bus to Simmern (make sure the bus in this timetable has got a "Bingen/Bad Kreuznach" remark, and tell the bus driver you want to go to Bingen), and in Simmern change into the Bus to Bingen. This will take ages and is only recommended for the brave.
Bingen is connected with one of the most busy railroad lines in Germany. There are direct connections to Bingen from many german cities. All InterCity trains going from Köln to Frankfurt and opposite direction stop at Bingen (Rhein) Hbf (Central Station). Please keep in mind that InterCity Express trains are using the new railroad on the other side of the rhine and do not stop in Bingen.
You may search for trains using the Deutsche Bahn travel planner. As destination choose "Bingen(Rhein) Hbf".
If you are a last-minute traveler, we have got a nice hint for you: Since the beginning of the year, Deutsche Bahn has launched a new discount ticket called Surf & Rail (german text). Each monday they publish a list of a few routes with massive discounted prices for the current week. The ticket price is just 50 Euros for a ICE return ticket from anywhere in germany! And if you travel in groups, all people travelling with you will even only have to pay 25 Euros. Usually most of the routes published more or less cross Bingen (Hamburg-München, Dortmund-Frankfurt etc all do). In worst case you'll have to exit at Frankfurt Airport (where nearly all those routes stop) or Mannheim and travel the few remaining kms using a regular ticket. But be warned: There is the small risk that there are no routes available for your city during the easter week...
Just as in previous years, Breakpoint 2008 is featuring a free bus service connecting the party location, a supermarket, the hotels, the train stations and the bingen inner city. Due to the enormous success our service had during the last two years, we've again extended it for this years Breakpoint. The Busses will be going non-stop from 09:00 in the morning till 03:00 in the night. You want to go shopping? You want to do a short sight-seeing tour to the rhine area? You wish to get to your hotel room in the nights? Well, the Breakpoint Bus Service will bring you there!
More info about the bus service, maps and a detailed timetable are available at the Bus Service Page.