Getting there (and back):
Beesenstedt Castle is located in the town of Beesenstedt, Germany, about 200 km (125 miles) southwest of Berlin. By car it takes about 2.5 hours from Berlin. The city of Halle (by the river Saale) is about 23km away.
If you are taking the route through the small town of Wettin (when coming from Berlin for example), you have to take a little ferry to cross the river Saale for a small fee (€1,50). The ferry operates from 6am to 10pm and runs every few minutes.
Fly into one of the Berlin airports, take public transport to the Berlin Hauptbahnhof and from there take the Camp’s Shuttle Bus to Beesenstedt (you must book your place in advance). Alternatively, you can fly into Leipzig-Halle airport and travel from their to Halle (Saale) by train or rideshare,, and then a bus to the Castle or ask us about a Halle-Beesenstedt shuttle (details below).
The bus will depart approximately 16:00 on Thursday 3 October from Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Central Train Station) outside the Hotel Meininger (Ella-Trebe-Straße 9), which is located at the southern exit of the train station (look for signs saying Washington Platz). It looks like a regular coach bus and will have a “Balboa Castle Camp” sign in the window. The company name is “Busverkehr Geißler GmbH”.
If you are planning on taking the shuttle, make sure you arrive in Berlin with enough time to get to Berlin Hauptbahnhof before the shuttle bus departure time. You should plan at least 2 hours time between the arrival of your flight arrival and the bus departure time. The public bus from Tegel Airport to Hauptbahnhof takes 20-30 minutes. The S-Bahn (train) from Schönefeld Airport takes anywhere from 40 to 60 minutes. You can find train info and prices here. Since you may not be familiar with the airport and Hauptbahnhof, you need to leave yourself some extra time to make ‘mistakes’ (such as taking the wrong exit… or the wrong bus…). And of course, make sure you factor-in time for passport checks and baggage claims.
For the return trip on Thursday 10 October, the bus will depart the castle at 11:00. The bus will stop at Schönefeld airport at around 14:00* and at Tegel airport at around 14:45*. From Tegel airport it will continue and arrive at Berlin Hauptbahnhof at approximately 15:15*.
**All of these times are approximate and depend on traffic, etc.** If you are catching a plane on Thursday night, make sure there is a little bit of buffer time between the arrival of the shuttle and your departure in case there is a delay.
Public Transportation from Halle:
Find the central bus station (ZOB), which is in walking distance from the central train station. From there, take the bus 306 from Halle (direction Friedeburg) to ‘Beesenstedt Schule, Salzatal’. The bus only leaves a few times during the day. Ideally you take the 15:30 or 17:30 one directly to Beesenstedt. The latest bus leaves Halle at 20:35.
Shuttle from Halle (and back):
Subject to demand, we may also provide a shuttle between Halle and Beesenstedt for €10 per person per one way trip. The journey takes around 45 minutes. To book a seat, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and clearly indicate which of the following times you would like to travel:
Before the camp: Shuttle leaves Halle at 19:00 on Thursday 3 October.
After the camp: There will be three different shuttle bus times to Halle – Sunday 6 October 11:30 + 17:45 and Thursday 10 October at 11:00.