Appsterdam in Germany! Let's have a kohlfahrt!

  • February 15, 2014 · 2:00 PM
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Join us on February 15 as we celebrate our 4th Annual Kohlfahrt in Bremen, Germany!

A kohl-what?!?

The season of long nights in northern Europe can become dreary and depressing, and a winter feast is just the thing, but trudging through snow to the feasting hall isn't any kind of fun—unless you make it fun. Thus was born the northern German tradition of the Kohlfahrt, or "cabbage quest." Join us as we brave Bremen's frozen forests, dragging wagons of booze. Along the way we will make frequent stops to lighten our load with drinking games, and lighten our mood with party games.

Upon arriving at the feasting hall, we will slake our thirst with soup and beer, and fill our bellies with sausage, potatoes, and lest we forget—cabbage. The people who eat the most and dominate the games are crowned Cabbage King and Queen, and granted the solemn duty of organizing next year's kohlfahrt. Then we dance the night away like people who don't know how to dance, but aren't about to let that stop them from having a good time.

Did we mention the booze wagon? Check out some photos of last year's kohlfahrt from @mariusLAN and @_jona_as!

This event is in partnership with Cocoaheads Bremen.

The Details:

Payment: The €60 price will pay for all-you-can-eat food and drinks. Please wire your money to Alexander Repty; details are in comments below. You can also Paypal to [masked], but wire transfer is preferred. Payment is due January 31st. 

Transportation from Amsterdam:
By train: A roundtrip ticket from Amsterdam Centraal is about €58. Duration: 4.5-5 hrs. Plan on arriving in Bremen Hbf either the day before or by 2:00pm on February 15. Check bahn.com for accurate rates and availability.
By bus: A roundtrip ticket is €47-68. Duration: 6 hrs. Check touring.de for accurate rates and availability.

Accommodation: A couple people in Bremen might have rooms/couches/beds for out-of-towners. We can also book rooms at a local hostel. For sleeping arrangements, please mention it in your RSVP.

Recommended Clothes:

You will need some walking shoes - preferably warm shoes. Get a cap or something similar to protect your ears - it's windy. It's gonna be cold, so dressing in layers is highly recommend. But remember there will be music and dancing after dinner so you'll want to have something nice on underneath for when we get to the restaurant.

Locals:

Please let us know if you have Kohlfahrtgläser or a couch to offer.

If you have any questions, please email Judy Chen: [masked]

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  • Volker M.

    So schön!!!

    1 · February 16

  • Maxie K.

    It's seems the Friday evening planing got lost in a draft. Of course there will be the annual Chili at our house, so everyone can relaxe and have a chat.
    If you have questions, dm me.

    1 · February 11

  • Alexander R.

    If you prefer to pay by SEPA transfer (which would also be better, as we wouldn't have to pay PayPal fees, which means we'd end up having more money for booze), here is my bank information:

    IBAN: DE[masked]
    BIC: SBREDE22XXX

    The account is in my name, just write something about the Kohlfahrt in the reference field.

    January 8, 2014

    • Alexander R.

      Uli, korrekt - allerdings haben wir 2014 und ich weiß nicht, ob diese mittelalterlichen Daten noch funktionieren. Ich meine, jetzt machen wir auch innerdeutsche SEPA-Überweisungen und BLZ/Kontonr haben ausgedient.

      January 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Nur Firmen müssen SEPA machen, und für die wurde es jetzt auch nochmal ein paar Monate verschoben. Normalsterbliche dürfen noch bis Februar '15 (oder war's sogar '16?) BLZ & Kto benutzen. Meine Zahnlung ist doch angekommen, oder?

      February 8

  • Judy C.

    People coming from Amsterdam: Mike and I will be traveling by train with our 2 friends from Denver. The plan is to arrive in Bremen sometime on Friday, 14 Feb (preferably afternoon) for the pre-kohlfahrt gathering and return to Amsterdam on Sunday night. Let me know if you want to join and I can book us a group ticket.

    2 · January 14, 2014

    • Judy C.

      FYI, I've booked the group train ticket for 7: Me, Mike, Nicole, John, Merel, Rieta, & Craig. If you're coming from Amsterdam and wanna try to join us, you can book for:
      - departure from Amsterdam Centraal on 14 Feb @ 11:01 (arriving Bremen @ 15:15)
      - departure from Bremen Hbf on 16 Feb @ 16:44 (arriving Amsterdam @ 21:00)

      1 · January 28, 2014

  • Merel I.

    Whoohoo, already looking forward so much! If it's even only going to be a fraction of the fun we had last year, it's going to be so awesome, so I assume it's going to be at least awesome^2 ;)
    I'm not a local, but I do have 4 Kohlfahrtgläser, should I bring them?

    January 21, 2014

  • Saul M.

    Gotta work :( I'm sorry I have to miss it. Have a shot for me out there!

    January 19, 2014

  • Saul M.

    Argh, I may have to bow out :( I'm co-teaching a BigNerd Ranch course at BNR Europe that same weekend...

    January 19, 2014

  • Bilge U.

    Sorry, but I just figured out that I can't go :(

    January 10, 2014

  • Andrej B.

    I think I have time this year finally! :)))

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Rob L.

    I will arrive before noon on Saturday. I have reserved a hotel room with twin beds across from Hbf. Incl breakfast €60 if you want to share. Msg me rob dot longridge at mac dot com if you are interested

    January 12, 2014

  • Rieta A.

    Bring on the cabbage!

    3 · January 11, 2014

  • Daniel D.

    KREUZUNG!!! Looking forward to my third one!

    4 · January 8, 2014

  • Maxie K.

    Uli, Volker and Bilge: do you have a place to stay or do you need us to set sth up?

    January 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Place to stay would be nice. ^_^

      January 8, 2014

    • Volker M.

      I'm hoping you have a place to lay my corpse down ... I'll arrive on Friday, 23:59, at Hauptbahnhof, and leave on Sunday around 10:00.

      January 9, 2014

  • Marius L.

    Awesome!

    FYI: I don't need a place to stay.

    January 9, 2014

  • Alexander R.

    Appsterdammers: you might be able to get a group ticket for the train, which might be cheaper than buying individual tickets. Check this site for more information: http://www.bahn.de/i/view/USA/en/prices/germany/group-discount.shtml

    January 8, 2014

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