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The tournament location “Zu Den Vier Winden”

The tournament location is definitely set and pre-booked. “Zu Den Vier Winden” means “To the 4 winds” and this is a medieval pub. We will have the whole place closed for us (as a private function). The US players who made it to the place all agreed that it’s a cool place with a nice atmosphere. The European Championship is held there every year, because the place just rocks. They also serve the strangest foot and drinks (often with a medieval theme). There is regular German (bar) food as well. Prices range from 4-10 Euro for a meal. Half a liter of beer, cola, etc. costs about 3-5 Euro. You will be surrounded by drunken Viking plunderers, though.

The facebook website:
https://www.facebook.com/ZudenvierWinden/


Nearest Airports

Much of this is the info from last Euro Worlds in 2012. I checked all the links and added some stuff, but feel free to post additional information in this tread, fellow Europeans.

The following German and European airports are very easy to reach from/to Bochum:

Dusseldorf, Germany (30 minutes by car, 90 minutes by train, costs 10-20 Euro for round ticket from airport to Bochum):
http://www.duesseldorf-international.de/dus_en/

Dortmund, Germany (30 minutes by car, 90 minutes by train, costs 10-20 Euro for round ticket from airport to Bochum):
http://www.dortmund-airport.de/dortmund ... .html?&L=1

Muenster/Osnabrueck, Germany (1-2 hours, costs 20 Euro for round ticket from airport to Bochum):
http://www.flughafen-fmo.de/?&lang=en&P ... a3b0e5ab91

Cologne/Bonn, Germany (1-2 hours, costs 10 Euro for round ticket from airport to Bochum):
http://www.airport-cgn.de/index.php?lang=2

Frankfurt Airport, Germany (2-3 hours by train, costs about 30 Euro to get to Bochum):
https://www.frankfurt-airport.com/en.html

Amsterdam Airport, Netherlands (2-3 hours by train, costs about 40-50 Euro to get to Bochum):
http://www.schiphol.nl/index_en.html

Bruxelles Airport, Belgium (2-3 hours by train, costs about 40-50 Euro to get to Bochum):
http://www.brusselsairport.be/en/

Paris Airport, France (5-6 hours by train, costs about 40-50 Euro to get to Bochum):
http://www.aeroportsdeparis.fr/ADP/en-G ... gers/Home/

This should give you a lot to search and check regarding cheap flights. I would check all of these in order. Start with your closest major airport and work your way down the list. Also make sure to change the days a bit when searching, and to try another big airport in your area. There are huge differences. If you chose one of the 3 latter airports, you might also want to calculate 1-3 days extra to check out these European metropolises.

I cannot pomise anything, but we would try and arrange some transport from the airport to the tournament location, or around a city, if possible. Jimmy lives in Paris, Cedric Vanderhaengen is not too far from Bruxelles, and we would have some of the Dutch players near Amsterdam.


Where to look for flights?

As a general rule of thumb: The earlier you book your trip the better/cheaper. There is a variety of
flights/trains you can take and you get exceptionally good deals if you book far in advance. There are also several good last minute deals, but since the date will be set anytime soon, you may or may not find the deals then.

Sites where you can check flight possibilities:
http://www.skyscanner.com
http://www.kayak.com
http://www.swoodoo.com

Sites which are generally worth a check for flights:
http://www.expedia.com (I found it often cheaper than the European counterpart)
http://www.airfrance.com (service sucks, but they are usually the cheapest)
http://www.klm.com (the much better partner of airfrance from the Netherlands)

The Germany train website:
http://www.bahn.com
On Saturdays and Sundays there is a special ticket called "Schoenes Wochenendticket" (Happy weekend ticket) which costs approx. 40 Euro and is valid for 5 persons for a whole day.


Accomendations in Bochum

Please check the extra tread here:
viewtopic.php?f=1125&t=70964


Special Vacation Week with the Euro Emperor

Please check the extra tread here:
viewtopic.php?f=1125&t=69120


Sightseeing in Germany

So, what’s to see in Bochum, or in Germany in general? Bochum itself has not too much to offer. They have the University, and Angelo gave us to tour there once. That was very interesting, and maybe he can do it again for you guys. Bochum is also famous for showing the musical Starlight Express for the past 200 years or so. Bochum has this Minining museum as a highlight.

Bochum Mining Museum
https://www.bergbaumuseum.de/en/
This is located 3 minutes from Acora hotel and 10 minutes from the tourney location. Something for the families to check out, while real men play card games for kids. ;)

The surrounding cities are more interesting imho, and Bochum is in the center of it. Check out the following thing you could do near Bochum:

Cologne
http://www.koeln.de/cologne_tourist_information
This is a must-see city. The huge gothic style dome is one of the most impressive buildings in the World. The old town is also worth a visit, and the Cologne mentality is just crazy cool.

Duesseldorf
https://www.duesseldorf.de/international/tourism.html
Beautiful city directly located at the Rhine. The so called “longest bar in the World” is something you have to see. Over a mile long they have bars, pubs and clubs one after another in the old town.
You’ll also find some Oktoberfest style pubs there, if we don’t get to do the real thing.

Essen
https://www.visitessen.de/startseite_14 ... te.en.html
This is where the annual game fair is at.

Essen Spiel Messe
https://www.spiel-messe.com/en/
This is the German answer to GenCon with a little San Diego Comic Con thrown in. The gaming halls are very interesting. This is a huge place, and also something your family will enjoy.
The Essen Spiel fair is in October (date was not schedules yet).

Oberhausen
https://www.oberhausen-tourismus.de/en/index.php
There’s a huge shopping mall not to far from Bochum. You guys practically invented shopping malls this size, so I’m not sure how interesting this is for you. Your spouses would probably be pretty happy, although you need to consider your budget in that case. Might be worth it, if they leave you to play cards in peace. You can always file for chapter 12 when you’re back home. ;)
They also have some nice shows and musicals going on there. It’s worth a visit.

Rhine Boat Tour
https://www.remet.de/aktivitaeten/schifffahrt/
They offer everything from a 1-2 hour tour for 10 Euro to day trips for 50-100 Euro. Some of these cruises show you the most beautiful scenery along the river Rhine. No English website unfortunately. I will arrange something like this for the vacation week.

Frankfurt
http://www.frankfurt.de/sixcms/detail.p ... e=hp_flash
This city is farther away (approx. 3 hours from Bochum), but you might fly in there, since it’s got one of the biggest international airports.

Franskfurt Book Fair
http://www.buchmesse.de/en/fbf/
If you (or maybe the missus) are into any kind of books, then you might want to check out one of the largest (or maybe the largest) book fair in the World. Many authors are there to sign or preview their latest novels. Kids, books were was old people did before Kindle and Spotify were invented (if even that is old by now... never mind).
The Frankfurt Book fair is running from 16-20 October 2019.

Oktoberfest in Munich
http://www.oktoberfest.de/en/article/Ab ... +FAQs/751/
Munich is actually quite a bit away, so this might be a bit too much. Since I know that you expect us all to wear Lederhosen and eat Bratwurst with Sauerkraut all day anyway, you might want to make the extra trip though. Some of our Southern German buddies might help us to get tickets for this.
The Oktoberfest is running from 21st September to 6th October 2019.


FAQs


The Euro Worlds schedule

We will have a 4 Day event, like it is in the US. More on the detailed plans later. The schedule would be:

Day 0 (Thursday): Cube Tournament in the evening
Day 1 (Friday): Sealed Tourney (afternoon) and Team Tourney (evening)
Day 2 (Saturday): Day 2 World Championship (Top 8 proceed on to Day 3)
Day 3 (Sunday): Day 3 Elimination Event and Consolation Tourney

We will play Strength of Schedule with 2 VP for a timed win. There will be play-ins, if there are more players


Why September/October?

We choose this date, because it is probably be the least expensive travel period for you guys to come over here. In my experience the flight prices are approx. 30% more expensive in the summer. If money is your primary issue, you might prefer the fall. You also have the opportunity to combine this with Oktoberfest, which was the highest priority for most of our interested players.


Do I need a Visa?

To quote one of my favorite scenes from “My name is Earl”, when they’re trying to go to Mexico: “We don’t need a passport! We’re Americans!”. Well, the same applies here. You do need a passport. ;) Regarding a visa, I’m pretty sure you just fill out your white and green waivers on the plane.


The exchange rate and payment

The exchange rate is likely to change within a year from now, but to give you a rough idea:
The rate today would be 1 Euro = 1,14 USD (or 1 USD = 0,88 Euro).
Please keep this in mind in the following text, since I write most of the prices in Euro.

"Euro Worlds" is mostly self financed by yours truly and the loyal flight leaders here, so that's why we handle it a bit differently.
Payment between the 2 continents would also be made in Euro. The preferred payment method both ways would be paypal. So, if we would ask for 30 Euro entry fee for Day 2, and you could enter that in your paypal account, and they would charge 34,20 USD or something from your account. The same way we will send the prize money to the winner(s) via paypal in Euro (and you will receive the money to your account in your currency). I will use my paypal account for this, so you can transfer money to cmenzel@hadewe.de when the time comes.


The prize money

The prize money will be announced closer to the date.
There will definitely be a 1.000 Euro prize for the winner.


Byes and qualifiers

You do NOT have to win a qualifier event (or have a Bye) to participate. All players can participate in Day 2 and all the side events.


Who will run the event?

I will personally organize Euro Worlds (and I will definitely not play during the event). Since I kinda suck at the rules I will have some help in that department. If some-one doesn’t make Worlds, and wants to help, any volunteers can send me an e-mail.


Will there be live coverage at the event?

We will do live coverage at Euro Worlds. I will check the technical possibilities with the venue later in 2019.


What do you tip in Germany?

I personally give a tip of 10%, and that’s already generous. Many people just round up. We tip in restaurants, and when taxi/cap driving. We don’t tip in hotels (for making up the room).


Is it dangerous?

Not really. As in any city around the World you should watch your wallet, especially when entering a subway. All the above mentioned places are relatively safe though. These are the regular West German cities. You are not likely to run into a horde of psychotic neo nazi killers with “hate” tattooed on their forehead. Just thought I’d let you know.



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strangest foot and drinks
Oh man. They really stepped up the creepiness :)

Also, if it means anything to anyone, I'll mention that this year at Euros they also served vegetarian dishes (personally happy about that, even though I'm not a vegetarian).
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do you guys go bowling here too, or is that just a Welsh thing?
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Not really. We mostly stay in the bar. But there is a bowling alley very close to the Acora hotel if there is interest.

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You mention that it takes 30 mins from DUS to Bochum by train, but google maps says 90... Whats the secret? I'll arrive in DUS tomorrow at 10pm and wonder whether I should go directly to Bochum or spend the night at the airport to take a morning train...

Alternatively, whats the rough taxi cost?

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alphabeta wrote:
September 18th, 2019, 3:38 pm
You mention that it takes 30 mins from DUS to Bochum by train, but google maps says 90... Whats the secret? I'll arrive in DUS tomorrow at 10pm and wonder whether I should go directly to Bochum or spend the night at the airport to take a morning train...

Alternatively, whats the rough taxi cost?

Thx
I think it depends on the train you take. The local trains are slower, but obviously cheaper.
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Sorry about the confusion. I changed it.

It takes 30 minutes by car, but 90 by train. I'd still try to take the train to Bochum and look in for a late beer at the tourney location (IF you already have the hotel).
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Shadow 14 wrote:
September 18th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Sorry about the confusion. I changed it.

It takes 30 minutes by car, but 90 by train. I'd still try to take the train to Bochum and look in for a late beer at the tourney location (IF you already have the hotel).
A beer is never late. ;)
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Shadow 14 wrote:
September 18th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Sorry about the confusion. I changed it.

It takes 30 minutes by car, but 90 by train. I'd still try to take the train to Bochum and look in for a late beer at the tourney location (IF you already have the hotel).
90 minutes by train can't be right. Where do you get that information? Looking at DB's app, there are several trains listed at 33 and 34 minutes duration.

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Sagnet wrote:
September 19th, 2019, 2:20 am
Shadow 14 wrote:
September 18th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Sorry about the confusion. I changed it.

It takes 30 minutes by car, but 90 by train. I'd still try to take the train to Bochum and look in for a late beer at the tourney location (IF you already have the hotel).
90 minutes by train can't be right. Where do you get that information? Looking at DB's app, there are several trains listed at 33 and 34 minutes duration.
Those are Express trains, way more expensive.
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Yoda007 wrote:
September 19th, 2019, 2:38 am
Sagnet wrote:
September 19th, 2019, 2:20 am
Shadow 14 wrote:
September 18th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Sorry about the confusion. I changed it.

It takes 30 minutes by car, but 90 by train. I'd still try to take the train to Bochum and look in for a late beer at the tourney location (IF you already have the hotel).
90 minutes by train can't be right. Where do you get that information? Looking at DB's app, there are several trains listed at 33 and 34 minutes duration.
Those are Express trains, way more expensive.
15.70 EUR is the price I get in the app. That's not very expensive.

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Actually sagnet is correct. Didn't notice the typo of Chris.

Depending on which regular train you get (not ICE highspeed) it takes around 30-40min from DUS airport main station to Bochum main station. Then another 5-10min by subway to get to hotel or pub.

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Hmm, that's what I thought, too.

When I googled DUS airport to Feldsieper Str. via train yesterday it showed me 1:35 hrs, though.

Anyway, Angelo knows better. He's from around there.
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Im sitting on a train right now that costs 15.xx eur from the airport amd tales about 35 mins :)
Ticket can be bought in deutsche bahn's app.

Google maps is severly lagging behind on transportation options it seems, Id recommend to use deutsche bahn's trip planner, or the app.

Im exhausted, no time for a beer tonight zzzzzz

See u tmrw!

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