Festival Info / FAQ

Here you can find a lot of useful information for the Hai in den Mai Festival.

In Waldfrieden there is no place for racism, sexism, homophobia or any discriminatory behaviour and hateful ideology. This of course also means that nazis are not welcome here. Look out for each other. Those who do not respect these rules are kicked out, for example men who harass women.
Bootschaft / Infobude
If you have any questions or problems, the Infobude and the Bootschaft are your first port of call at Hai in den Mai Festival. You can find the Infobude on the festival area opposite the club, here you will find lots of information, a wardrobe and some useful things. The Bootschaft is located near the lake, directly left before the entrance to the festival area. There is also a wardrobe here, you can recharge your mobile phones and you can collect lost and found items. You can also buy merchandise here or have the Waldfrieden logos printed on your clothes at deep WEAR’s stand next door.

Besides, there are many useful things here, such as:

  • Tents and sleeping bags
  • blankets and mattresses
  • old festival bracelets
  • Lighters
  • Stickers
  • Powerbanks
  • tent locks
  • Condoms
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Toothbrushes
  • Waldfrieden Waldfreakquenz Compilation CDs
  • Free pocket ashtrays
  • and many more!

The campsite is exclusively open to festival visitors. Camping without a valid festival ticket is not possible. You are welcome to arrive and camp with motorhomes, buses and caravans and of course you can also camp next to your car. Keep an eye on your tents and ideally those of your neighbours. Use tent locks, you can buy them at the embassy!
The campsite is a quiet area. If you feel disturbed by the sound systems on the campsite please let your neighbours know. You will be supported by the security if necessary.

It is also possible to reserve a pitch with electricity for your camper/caravan.

The camping areas at this year’s Hai in den Mai festival are very limited! We therefore kindly ask you to move as close together as possible when setting up your camps and only use as much space as necessary. Out of fairness to the others, please refrain from setting up a large camp and reserving space for friends who are yet to arrive. Together let’s ensure that everyone has enough space and that we don’t exhaust the landscape around Waldfrieden.

Camping equipment
We sell tents (60€), sleeping bags (25€) and mats (10€) at the Bootschaft.

With Utopia Camping, you can rent all the camping equipment you need and be hassle-free.

Card payment
Waldmark can be purchased using EC card. The next ATM is in the village Wehdem nearby about 15 minutes walking distance.

Cellphone charging
Opposite the Bootschaft there is a truck with lockers that you can rent by the day or for the duration of the festival. The lockers also have sockets, so you have the possibility to charge your cell phones there.

The opening hours are:

Thursday 2PM – 12PM
Friday 2PM – 5AM
Saturday 2PM – 5AM
Sunday 2PM – 12APM

Dogs are not allowed on the area. Unfortunately we can not allow you to bring your dogs due to spatial conditions of the nature reserve and the animals that live here.
It is our desire to limit the damage to nature as much as possible. Therefor all of our electricity is supplied by renewable energy sources and we ask the food shops to sell organic food only.
Please help us to also keep the direct environment of the Waldfrieden clean by using garbage bags and pocket ashtrays. Also please use the toilets instead of going in the forest or elsewhere for that purpose.

Electricity generators
It is allowed to use electricity generators as long as they don’t disturb anyone.

Energy camping
To enjoy our Festivals even more comfortably, we offer you a reserved camping space (approx. 7 x 8 m) with own electricity connection and a support by our electrician. A registration will soon be available in our ticket shop.
Fire / barbecue
Due to laws of fire prevention it is not allowed to make a campfire, use fireworks or sky lanterns.

There are big campfires for everyone and places designated for barbecue.

At our festivals there is a diverse selection of food stands. The offer always varies a little, there is usually fried potatoes, pizza, pasta and rice dishes, fries, falafel, burgers and much more to eat. For ecological and ethical reasons we have decided to offer only organic vegetarian and vegan food at the stands! But of course you can bring to the campsite and cook whatever you want. If you want to have a barbecue, you can do so at the designated barbecue areas on the campsite.

Laser pointers, Graffiti & Confetti
Laser pointers, Graffiti & Confetti
Laser pointers must not be taken with you because of the high risk of injury. Graffiti, markers and confetti may not be brought to any of our events! It is simply too much work to get rid of the garbage and paintings. Confetti also causes unnecessary environmental pollution. If you are interested in participating as graffiti artist you are welcome to apply and contact us. However, it is not permitted to bring spray cans and markers with you without permission!

Lost and Found
If you have lost something on the festival please send us a description to lostandfound@waldfrieden.net.

During the festival you can ask for lost stuff at the Infobude.

Luggage / What can I bring with me?
You can take as many drinks and food as you like to the camping site. Even glass bottles and cans are allowed on the camping area. On the festival area / infield (where the floors are) only plastic bottles are allowed, no glass bottles or cans!

Please leave fireworks, confetti and graffiti cans completely at home.

You can only enter the festival if you are over 18 years of age with a valid identity card or passport. Juvenile minors are not allowed on the festival, unless they they are with their parents. Unfortunately we can not provide family camping so we do not recommend you to bring your children!
To have enough room for dirty, tired and happy faces on the festival that will not appear on the internet please do not to take pictures of others without permission. There will be professional photographers taking pictures that will be uploaded here. If you appear on a picture against your will let us know and we will remove it.
Apart from the fact that other people may not want to be filmed or photographed by you, you don’t do yourself a favor if you want to capture everything on camera. The festival is a good time to put your smartphone aside and take a vacation from the digital world. Keep the good memories in your heart – not on a chip!

Reduced Admission
Hai in den Mai offers the following discounts for visitors:

In recent years, guests over 60 years of age had free admission to the festivals. For organizational reasons, we can unfortunately no longer offer this for the upcoming festival as a result of the pandemic!

Wheelchair users and guests who are dependent on an accompanying person because of dissabilites can bring one accompanying person who will get free admission.

Rent your tent / Accommodation
With Utopia Camping, you can rent tents, sleeping bags, camping chairs and more so you will have the most comfortable camping experience.
Rent it here online and get it on site. After booking the equipment online, you will pick up your order at their on-site festival camping shop. Make your reservation here!

Road toll
In order to keep the car traffic on the site as low as possible, we have to charge a car toll of 10€ for every vehicle (no matter if motorbike or caravan) entering the site! The fee is not a one-time fee for the festival, but is due every time you drive through the entrance to the camping site! We have only one single-lane road for several hundred vehicles available. The fee is intended to ensure that not everyone goes shopping in the village with their car, but only when it is really necessary, so that there is no traffic jam and the access and escape routes remain clear.

For each sofa you bring with you, you will have to pay an additional 5€ disposal fee, because in the past we had too many sofas left on the camp site.

Showers / water
There are free cold showers and warm showers for a small charge. There are also many drinking water taps on the festival area. Check the map for the exact locations.
Shuttle Bus
For all rail travelers, there are free shuttle buses from the nearby train stations “Lemförde” and “Rahden”! The departure times are not exact to the minute, all buses wait for the trains at the respective station. For example, if your train arrives at 8:10, but the shuttle bus leaves at 8:00 according to the timetable, the bus will wait for you, don’t worry!

Silent Camp
This year you will find a special area on the campsite for those who want to enjoy as much peace and silence as possible at their sleeping place.
At the Silent Camp music and other loud noises should be avoided! Generators are also not allowed here.

Here some numbers of local taxi services:

Stemweder Berg: +495443 99660
Engelbrecht: +495443 8827
Blanke: +495771 2107
Wehrmann: +495474 6310

A ride from Lemförde to Waldfrieden costs about 25 €.

From Rahden to Waldfrieden taxi fee is about 30 €.

Tickets are available in our ticket shop until they are sold out.

If you have lost your ticket and can’t find it again, that’s no problem. You can always log in to our Ticket Shop and download tickets at “My Account” -> “Orders”.

The nearest train stations are Lemförde and Rahden. From there we provide free bus shuttles to the festivals. The schedule will be available here.

The nearest airports are Münster/Osnabrück, Hannover and Paderborn/Lippstsadt.

Never drive under the influence of alcohol or any other drug. Be prepared for police checks around the festival.

More detailed information on how to get to Waldfrieden can be found here.

Helping hands are always needed for the festivals. You become part of the crew and get to visit the festival at the same time. For more information please write a mail to supporter@waldfrieden.net

Waldmark is the currency on the Waldfrieden festivals. Waldmark is not redeemable!

Waldmark can be exchanged at a rate one to one (1:1) for Euro at the Tauschbar and Infobude. You can exchange Waldmark using cash or EC card.

On the festival area all food and drinks can only be payed with Waldmark. Everything else like clothes can also be bought using Euro.

Why Waldmark?
Waldmark makes it much easier for us to organise the money transfer on the festival and accelerates the process at the bars.
For you the advantages of Waldmark are that you can easily set yourself a spending limit and no one has to walk around with big amounts of cash on the festival.

Waldmark is not redeemable!

Opposite the Bootschaft there is a truck with lockers that you can rent by the day or for the duration of the festival. The lockers also have sockets, so you have the possibility to charge your cell phones there.

The opening hours are:

Thursday 2PM – 12PM
Friday 2PM – 5AM
Saturday 2PM – 5AM
Sunday 2PM – 12APM