ReactOS Hackfest 2015

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Join us for the very first ReactOS Hackfest from Friday, 7th August to Wednesday, 13th August 2015, in the German city of Aachen. Discover Germany's most-Western city in the direct neighborhood of Belgium and the Netherlands. Within the historical city center, Aachen offers a scientific environment and a high density of pubs. Let's catch this atmosphere to code the week away and achieve great results as a team!

It is now time to plan your trip! Flights and Accommodation won't get cheaper.


Travelling to Aachen

By plane

Check the following airports in this order and add your booked flight to the list on the Wiki page. We may organize pickups then if enough people land at the same airport, so take the transfer times as hints.

  • Düsseldorf (DUS) and Köln/Bonn (CGN) are popular international airports close to Aachen, offering flights to most destinations. Aachen Hbf is reachable by regional train from there in about 1.5 to 2 hours.
  • Due to Aachen's neighborhood to Belgium and the Netherlands Brussels Charleroi (CRL), Brussels Zaventem (BRU), Liége (LGG) and Eindhoven (EIN) are other options, with a transfer time from 1.5 to 3 hours to Aachen.
  • Another large hub for cheap flights is Niederrhein/Weeze (NRN). The transfer by regional train to Aachen Hbf takes about 2.5 hours.
  • The closest regular airport is actually Maastricht/Aachen (MST), but the possible destinations are limited. It's worth a check though. Transfer to Aachen is only possible by bus though, with a travel time of around 2 hours.
  • As a last resort, you could even fly to Germany's largest airport in Frankfurt (FRA) and take the express train to Aachen. Transfer time here ranges from 2 to 2.5 hours, but this one is expensive.
  • If you happen to own a private jet, you can land at Flugplatz Aachen-Merzbrück and take a taxi into the city. Definitely the fastest option ;-)

By train

Most trains to Aachen stop at Aachen Hbf, so this is the central station you should check. Aachen West is closer to our Hackfest location while Aachen Schanz is right at the hostel I proposed. But this only matters if you're really lazy, since all stations are reachable in walking distance.

By car

You have the address and Google Maps, so I don't need to give you any route directions. Parking is usually subject to a fee though, so here are some addresses for free parking spots:

  • Bleiberger Straße, 52074 Aachen, close to the Backpacker Hostel
    Walking time to the location is 10-15 minutes.
  • Rütscher Straße 182, 52072 Aachen
    Walking time to the location is around 20 minutes.


If you need nothing more than a room for the nights, the Aachen Backpacker Hostel (Mauerstraße 116, 52064 Aachen) is definitely the cheapest option and also close to the Hackfest location. Otherwise, check your favorite hotel booking website for a good offer. Consider Airbnb and Wimdu for private room offers as well.

Additionally, I will offer 4 sleeping places at my apartment. Contact me if you're interested.

Any open questions?

Just drop me a line at