The nearest train station („S-Bahn“) is called „Buir“. To get there coming from Köln (Cologne) you can take the S12 to direction Düren. The ticket cost is 5 euros, if that is your thing; otherwise you can try to keep your eyes open. The trainride takes 30 minutes.
Footpath from Buir train station
Walk out of the train and take the stairs down: there’s only one way to get out of this tiny station. After the stairs, turn left, pass under the railway bridge, and over the new motorway. Once you cross the motorway, continue walking straight on, towards the forest. Do not turn left right after the motorway bridge. You should be leaving the big white building that says „Buir Malzfabrik“ behind you. Continue walking until the next junction, roughly 200 meters after the train station. You will see a road sign pointing to Morschenich.
At this point you have got two options:
a) You can turn left at this junction, following the sign to Morschenich. Keep on walking until you see a small airfield and a tiny hangar on the right-hand side – and behind the airfield the meadow occupation right at the edge of the forest. Turn towards the airfield, continuing from the asphalt road onto a more sandy road. Keep in mind that this route option has you walking at the side of a road meant mostly for cars, not leaving much place for pedestrians or cyclists.
If you are doing this walk at night and you can’t see the airfield and hangar from the road, then a good way to know when to turn right is the last road before arriving in Morschenich. If you’ve reached the town, then you’ve gone one sandy road too far. Once you’ve turned down the sandy road, keep on walking straight until you see the meadow occupation on your right.
b) Update: Take care, RWE claims this way as private property now, you might get problems with secus on this way! The other route option is to continue walking past the Morschenich sign, straight towards the forest. Once you’ve reached the edge of the forest – this should take about 15-20 minutes from the train station, depending on your pace – turn left onto a sandy road leading over a field, dropping you next to a small quarry. You can either keep on walking straight, leaving the quarry on your right hand side, following the small footpaths–with the forest on your right hand side–until you see the little airport in front of you and the squatted meadow right behind it; or you can turn left from the quarry, walk about 80 metres, turn left from the first barricade at the edge of the forest and keep going over the fields until you have that little airfield right in front of you.
All in all, both routes take roughly 30 minutes to walk.
By car or hitchhiking
The mine, the Hellhole, The Mordor behind the forest is advancing – which means that the old motorway is closed and the traffic is directed to the new motorway. Unlike the former motorway, the new one DOES NOT have an exit/ramp for entering or leaving straight to or from Buir any more. So, instead of exiting the motorway at the backyard of the occupation, from now on you’ll have to exit the A4 either in „Elsdorf“ or in „Merzenich“. From there you can try to hitchhike towards „Buir“ or „Morschenich“ by small local roads or take the S-Bahn 12 to station „Buir“: from both options it’s only one station and a few minutes of train ride away. You can either purchase a ticket for a few euros or keep your eyes open.
Any questions? Contact us!
Technically speaking, the occupations do have internet access available. Unfortunately weather sparking up the solar panels, tricky wires, laptops deciding to resign, sheer bad luck or other hardships still sometimes stop us from answering all our emails as fast as we would like to – so if you don’t get in contact with us via email as fast as you’d like to, don’t hesitate to call us – that’s what the occupation has its public phone numbers for! The meadow occupation is reachable via 015 7541 361 00 – and from the meadow part of things you’ll have an access to the forests’ side, too. Occupations are naturally flooded with native German speakers, but don’t worry – having your questions answered with different languages – or at least in English – is not a problem.