20 Year Site Rules

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Drachenwald 20 Year Celebration

Event Site Information and Rules

Updated June 9, 2013

20 Year Home

Part I - Arrival and Accomodation


Check-in (Gate, Troll, Registration)

The check-in point for the event is the first parking lot on the left at the bottom of the hill up to the castle.  The road is very narrow.  Please follow the orders of the traffic warden who is managing traffic.  

At your check-in the staff will give you:

  • directions to your accommodation or camp
  • your parking allocation as needed

Attendees who booked the Hotel Lindenhof and Hotel Krone through the event team please check in at the event site before you check into your hotel.


All cars will have a designated parking location allocated at check-in. If you are allocated a parking space at the castle, you need to display the parking permit issued at check-in.

Because of limited space, some cars will be parked a few kilometers offsite. There will be a shuttle service provided to the off-site parking.  Shuttle times will be available at Gate.  

Attendees who booked the Hotel Lindenhof or the Hotel Krone through the event team will park at their hotels. There will be a shuttle to and from the castle. Shuttle times will be available at Gate.  

**Parking on the road up to the castle is not allowed.**

Pickups and Public Transit

Train Station

 Event staff will pick up guests from the train station Witzenhausen Nord only. The service will run about once an hour, with a fee of 5 Euro per pickup group.   If you need a pickup on Wednesday from the train station or a drop off to the train station on Sunday, please make  this request to the event stewards in advance of the event.  Include your approximate arrival and/or departure times.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.bahn.de.  


Take the local bus number 220 going towards Eschwege.  You can board the bus at the Witzenhausen Nord train station.  For the castle,  get off the bus at the Ludwigstein stop. (This is about a 10 minute ride from the train station.)  It is then a 13 min walk from the bus stop to the castle.


The taxi fare from the train station to the castle is about 15 Euro.  If coming by taxi, please be aware that you need to check-in at the Gate at the bottom of the hill to the castle first. If there is a line or wait, your luggage can be taken up to the castle and wait there for you to finish with registration.  

Castle Bedrooms

On your arrival:

  • Please bring sheets, duvet cover and pillowcases, or you can rent them on site; you must cover the duvet and the mattress. No sleeping bags are allowed.
  • If there is a damage in your room on arrival please contact the event staff immediately.

On your departure:

  • Remove bed sheets
  • Sweep the room, including under the beds. Brooms are kept in the hall cupboards.
  • Switch off the radiator and tilt the window open. 
  • Clean out the closet
  • Sort your garbage (plastic, metal, paper and organic waste) and empty the bedroom bin at the garbage bins in the hallway
  • Close the room door and bring the key to the castle office
  • Checkout time is 10:00

Note: Currently the site owner cannot guarantee that the bedrooms will be ready at noon.  You may have to wait before you can get into your bedroom.


There are three camping areas:

  1. Crown camp:  Directly beside the Enno-Naten-Building
  2. Dragon camp:  First camping ground on the way up to the castle
  3. Tree camp:  Second camping ground on the way up to the castle

All camping areas will be marked with a flag.  Event staff will confirm your camping area during check-in at the Gate.


The Dragon and Tree camping areas have 6 porta-cabin toilets each. Showers and sinks  for these camps are in the Enno-Naten-Building. You can also use the showers at the pool and in the castle.

Fires must be kept off the ground. A limited number of fire bowls are available, first come first served.  Firewood  bundles are also available for purchase.  Please enquire about both at the Gate.    No unattended open fires are allowed.

Sort your garbage (plastic, metal, paper and organic waste) and dispose in the appropriate bins.

Part II - Other Event Site Rules and Information

The Burg Ludwigstein staff ask that all guests abide by their standard guest rules and conventions. More information about the site in English can be found here:  http://www.drachenwald.sca.org/content/20-year-about-site#facilities


  • No animals are allowed inside the castle.
  • Dogs must be on a leash. You must clean up after your dog.

Castle Shop

At the castle shop you can by non-alcoholic beverages and munchies.  Opening times are 7:30-22:00

Chiurgeon and First Aid

  • Medicines can be stored in the site kitchen fridge.  Please make this need known during check-in. 
  • Hot water for warming baby food is always available at the “Speisesaal”
  • First aid kits are available from the Paaschazimmer, and the Chiurgeon point.
  • Chirurgeon's point is located beside the List Field.

Fire Safety - In Case of Fire

If you hear the fire signal tone, leave the room and follow the safety signs. Leave the castle and go to the Werra Tribune.

Pool and Sauna Rules

  • Opening times: 7:30-22:00
  • Non-alcoholic beverages are permitted as long as they are not in glass containers.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult in the swimming hall.
  • No Alcohol is permitted in the pool or sauna area - no exceptions.

Shopping /ATM/ Gas Station

The nearest city is Witzenhausen, 8 km from site.

Hardware, Home and Garden Shops

Herkules Bau & Garten

Bischhäuser Aue, 37213 Witzenhausen  5,0 km from site

Tel: 05542 93990  www.edeka.de

OBI Markt Bad Sooden

Städtersweg 1,

37242 Bad Sooden-Allendorf  7,4 km from site

Tel: 05652 95830  www.obi.de


EDEKA - Karin Matejek

Ermschwerder Straße 41

37213 Witzenhausen    6,8 km from site

Tel: 05542 2313 www.edeka.de

Herkules E-Center

Bornemannweg 2, 37213

Witzenhausen  6,5 km from site

Tel: 05542 5596  www.edeka.de 

Other grocery shops in the area: Netto Marken-Discount, ALDI, LIDL  


Smoking is permitted only in the designated smoking areas.  No smoking inside the castle.


Part III - Meal and Tavern Drink Information 

Important note for all people with allergies:

A detailed list of ingredients is available for every meal.
You are responsible for reviewing the list and taking any precautions.

Daily Breakfast (Thursday through Sunday)

Continental breakfast will be served each day including:

  • Different kinds of bread
  • Sausage
  • Cheese
  • Marmalade, Nutella, honey
  • Cereals, Muesli
  • Eggs
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Coffee, different teas, cocoa, milk
  • A daily, surprise specialty   

Dinner Wednesday

  • Lentils with carrots, leeks, onions (Vegetarian)
  • Spätzle (Swabian noodles): contains wheat and eggs  (Vegetarian)
  • Cooked pork
  • Pork sausages with mustard

Lunch Thursday

  • Soup with vegetables and pearl barley, celery, leek, carrots, onions (Vegetarian)
  • Pork sausages
  • Bread

Dinner Thursday

  • Salad bar
  • Cheese tart made of wheat flour, cheese, cream; eggs, nutmeg, pepper  (Vegetarian)
  • Sweet-sour beef ragout made of beef, onions, red wine, raisin, ginger, pepper
  • Sweet-spicy carrots made of carrots, honey, ginger, cinnamon, pepper, wine  (Vegetarian)
  • Bread dumplings made of wheat bread, milk, eggs, onion, parsley (Vegetarian)
  • Rice pudding with brown butter and cinnamon  (Vegetarian)

Lunch Friday

  • Swabian Pockets (Maultaschen) of two types:  Vegetarian and with spinach-meat filling
  • Vegetable Soup of root vegetables - (Vegetarian)

Dinner Friday

  • Vegetable broth with eggs (Vegetarian)
  • Salad bar
  • Karbonaden of pork made of port, ginger, pepper and vinegar
  • Lemon-beef-stew made of beef, onions, ginger, pepper, lemons, parsley
  • Greek rice made of rice and clarified butter (Vegetarian)
  • Leek in almond milk made of Leeks, almonds, rice flower (Vegetarian)
  • Kirschkonkavelite (cherry compote) made of cherries, almonds, rice flower, clarified butter (Vegetarian)

Saturday Brunch

Special extended breakfast until 1:00pm.   Lunch will not be served as the feast begins at 3:00pm. 

Saturday Feast

Saturday's Feast features recipes from the German middle ages cooks Marx Rumpold and Sabina Welserin. 

  • Bread and butter with herbs (Vegetarian)
  • Broth from dried mushrooms made  from mushrooms, onions, saffron, parsley, pepper (Vegetarian) 
  • Fried cheese dough balls: wheat flour, parmesan cheese (Vegetarian)
  • Fried chicken dough balls: wheat flour, chicken, pepper, cumin, eggs
  • Tarte de Genoa: wheat flour, butter, eggs, cheese, milk, olive oil, pepper, spinach or chard (Vegetarian) 
  • Salad with herbs and edible flowers: different salads, edible flowers, onions, pepper, herbs (Vegetarian)
  • Bratwurst: fried sausage with sage and marjoram 
  • Soused beef roast beef: beef, juniper, garlic, onion, ginger, caraway, pepper, butter
  • Filled beef brisket:  beef, bacon, onion, pepper, herbs
  • Peas puree: peas, cinnamon, ginger (Vegetarian)
  • Cauliflower: cauliflower, parmesan cheese, eggs, ginger, pepper, butter (Vegetarian)
  • Cooked barley with herbs:  barley, herbs (Vegetarian)
  • Plum tarte: wheat flour, eggs, plums, cinnamon, butter (Vegetarian) 
  • Cream (for the tarte)

Tavern Beverages

The tavern will serve the following kinds of drinks:

  • Dark beer
  • Wheat beer
  • Light beer 
  • Non-alcoholic beer
  • Cider
  • »Fizzy« water (carbonated)
  • Flat water (non-carbonated)
  • Red wine
  • White wine
  • Fruit juice
  • Soda (Cola, Fanta)

All drinks will be bottled (not on tap).