Days of Action in Büchel


July 3-7, 2020, Büchel nuclear weapons base

We will fight nuclear weapons as if there is no Corona and we will fight Corona as if there is no nuclear weapons. Please sign up for Büchel if you’re planning to come. This helps us to get an idea about the number of participants and will keep you updated on the latest Büchel protest news (tick box to sign up for information). We will decide early June whether the camp can happen as planned or needs to be postponed/cancelled but we’re still hoping for the best.

Would you like Germany to be freed of the nuclear threat? Are you looking for an opportunity to express your point of view creatively and publicly with other like-minded people? If so, the days of action organised by IPPNW and ICAN are the right place for you!

US nuclear weapons are deployed in one of the most scenic parts of Germany: in the volcanic Eifel mountains in Rheinland-Palatinate in between craters, maars and a geyser. This area should be enjoyed for its natural beauty. But instead nuclear bombers roar across the region’s skies and German soldiers are trained in the use of weapons of mass destruction.

This is why we are gathering from July 3 to 7, 2020, to voice our protest loud and clear through actions, workshops, music and dance. We want to celebrate the 3rd birthday of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on July 7, since it is likely that the treaty will come into force this year.

This year is also the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As politically committed and cultural-loving party enthusiasts, we can combine our creativity with our commitment to this immensely important treaty. The camp’s atmosphere is infectious. So come to Büchel and enjoy a few warm summer nights with us in the good company of a community passionate about a nuclear weapon free world.

Please register as soon as possible so we can plan for the camp infrastructure!


How do I get to Büchel?

Take the train or car, and then continue by by bus, bicycle or taxi. Here is information about the possibilities to get from A to B.

It is currently (as of February 2020) still unclear whether the authorities will allow the protest camp to be located again on the meadow directly next to the main gate of the air base, so here is only general information on how to get to the air base. As soon as the exact position of the protest camp is clear we will publish it here. The camp will take place whatever happens, so please check this page regularly for more information.

Arrival by train:

We recommend you take the train to Cochem station. From here you can take the bus line 500 and get off at Büchel Flugplatz, Alflen. The journey takes about 20 minutes.

It is possible to take your bicycle on the bus, as it is equipped with an extra trailer for this purpose.


Where can I sleep?

You can choose to sleep in your own tent or cuddle up with others in the community tent. Or would you rather have your own bed after a day of protest?

Action Camp
It is possible to either sleep in the community tent or in your own. Please mention this when registering, as spaces for tents are limited.

There is a kitchen, where campers are catered for with vegetarian and vegan meals. We would be happy for any active support in the cooking and serving of meals, or for donations to the kitchen specifically. The camp kitchen is free of charge. However, we do need your help to run it.

Regarding sanitary services, there are rainwater showers (cold water) and compost toilets.

You can find restaurants and shopping opportunities in surrounding towns. For instance, Alflen (take the line 500 bus till the stop Alflen Kirchstraße) or Büchel (take the line 500 bus till the stop Büchel Hauptstraße).

Hotel Wilhelmshöhe (with restaurant)
The Hotel is located in Auderath and is about 3 kms from the camp.
Access by bus: line 500, bus stop Alflen Waldschenke or Auderath im Oberflur, around 600 meters by foot.

Hotel Restaurant Bürgerstube (with restaurant)
The hotel is in Ulmen, and besides restaurants there also are many different shops (Aldi, Lidl, Norma, Edeka, Pharmacies, etc.). It is around 7kms from the camp.
Access by bus: line 500, bus stop Bahnhof Ulmen, around 150 meters by foot.

Pension Eckerskorn-Cochem/Mosel
This hotel is in Cochem and is around 16 kms from our camp.
Access by bus: line 500, bus stop Cochem Bahnhof, around 1km by foot.
In the surrounding area there are several shops (Penny, Rewe) and additionally there are several restaurants and shops by Cochem Endertplatz bus station.

Moseltal Youth Hostel Cochem
This youth hostel is in Cochem and is about 18 kms from our camp.
Access by bus: line 500, bus stop Cochem Bahnhof, around 800 meters by foot.
Shop and restaurant opportunities are similar to the ones mentioned for the previous Pension.


How can I look after myself?

What food or drinks are going to be provided? Do I need to bring specific items or wear special clothing? Where in the area can I shop? Here is some more information:

Participants will be provided with meals by the camp kitchen throughout. Warm meals will be exclusively vegan. For breakfast there will be vegetarian alternatives. If you have food allergies or intolerances, we suggest that you tell our cooks so that an alternative can be provided for you.

Meals will be free for participants, but we kindly ask you for a donation and/or to help out in meal preparation on site.

Besides this, there is a variety of shops, bakeries and restaurants located in villages in the surrounding area. These can be reached by taking the line 500 bus.

During the evenings it can get quite chilly on the Eifel plateau, so we suggest that you bring some warm clothes, rain gear and sturdy shoes. We also suggest that you bring sunscreen for the daytime.

We also suggest packing the following camping essentials: sleeping bag, wool blanket, sleeping mat and a hot water bottle. Additionally you should bring something for sitting on the ground, your own water bottle and personal ID (sometimes there are police checks). You might also consider bringing: organic soap, a musical instrument, more sun protection, insect repellent and gear for heavy rain.