Update: (schedule and where to meet)
There are two options to get there. By train and bus or car. Last year most of us took the train/bus which was easy and very relaxing.
Others came by car and we met there.
The timetable would be as such that it's either the train at 12:00 from Central or - for those who take the car or share a car 14:30 in Monschau. The only issue is parking in Monschau - very limited and nearly impossible so everybody will be forced to park outside and take a shuttle.
By train is probably the best option. For those taking the train, we will meet at Central in front of the Starbucks
Street, decoration, people pre-celebrating, low light and what else to spot on a Christmas market?
(Photo by george.simeon (http://www.meetup.com/Photoresk/members/8432509) - during 2012 Photoresk visit to Monschau)
We did it last year (http://www.meetup.com/Photoresk/events/93769652/) and we will do it again: The Christmas Marked in the small medieval German town Monschau
Everybody seems to be already hyper-busy those days before Christmas. Calm down this Saturday, grep your camera gear and enjoy the Happy-Shuttercount--Expedition with train- and bus-ride to the Christmas marked in the small German town of Monschau.
It is going to snow over there next week with temperatures just below zero.
See the web-cam images of Monschau (upper left is the recent one): http://www.monschau.de/service/webcam_historie.php
With the fresh snow it will be really beautiful, Glühwein and Aachener Printen will help against the cold and there will be many great opportunities to take wonderful pictures, in Monschau (http://www.germany-christmas-market.org.uk/monschau_christmas_market.php) http://www.germany-christmas-market.org.uk/monschau_christmas_market.php and on the way.
HOW TO GET THERE
Monschau is about 160 km east of Brussels. I was surprised how easy it is to get there with public transport.
Trains run from Brussels to Eupen, a small Village in east Belgium. From there, it takes 29 minutes with the bus to Monschau.
The Train costs € 10 return (!) with the SNCB Christmas deal promo; the bus may cost the same.
At 12:02, Gare Central take the IC 510 Direction Eupen [B] to Eupen Station, arriving at 13:45. Talk to the other Happy Shuttercounts during the trip and have your camera gear ready for on-the-way photos.
At 14:01 catch the bus 385 at Eupen Station direction "Kalter Herberg". Get off at "Monschau Parkhaus" at 14:25. THIS IS THE MEETING TIME/POINT.
At 17:30 take bus 385 at "Monschau Parkhaus" direction Eupen.
17:54 get off at Eupen Bahnhof (Station).
At 18:15 take the IC 541 direction Ostende and don't forget to get off in Brussels at around 19:58
consult google maps or your GPS. The parking in Monschau is difficult. There is the 'Parkhaus' and there may also be a shuttle service - ask me if you need more details
Meeting point is "Monschau Parkhaus" / Schmiede (see map above) at 14:25 when the Bus arrives.