Oldtimer Fliegertreffen Hahnweide

Type:Large oldtimer/warbird airshow
Schedule:Bi-yearly, September
Location:Hahnweide / Kirchheim unter Teck airfield, Germany[map]
Official website:www.oldtimer-hahnweide.de[external]
Overall impression:+++++
Photo opportunities:++++
Price level:++++
Editions attended:2009[external] 2011[external]


Hahnweide Oldtimertreffen is one of the largest oldtimer meetings in Europe (apart from Duxford and Ferte-Alais events). Despite having public zone on the northern part of the airfield, it offers quite good photo opportunities thanks to the photo spots outside of the showground.

What I found particular about this event was an extraordinarily good organization - parkings, buses, food prices, access to the static in the morning, no restrictions for wandering around the showground, friendly and well-informed security people in critical spots... alltogether just true German perfection :-) focused on making the experience as nice as possible to everybody. Outstanding and highly recommended.

Getting there

Hahnweide airfield is located about 2km south-west from the Kirchheim unter Teck town[map] near Stuttgart (Southern Germany). It is easily accessible both with a car and public transport.

By car

Showground is situated very close to the Kirchheim unter Teck - West[map] exit of the A8 motorway. Once you're out, follow the signs to Nürtingen (as in: do not enter Kirchheim). Just few hundred meters later you will see the entrance on your left[map]. It's possible that already here somebody will be collecting the parking fee, so have your change ready.

Then, you will be directed by the staff to the proper parking place. The area is really huge and not likely to be missing space for anyone. There are dedicated places for camping-cars, motorbikes, disabled etc. All is very well organized.

Note: it's possible that during the show days, you will have to exit the showground through different road - you end up passing under the highway[map] and need to find your way back to it. Just keep your left while following the main streets in the city.

By public transport

Kirchheim unter Teck train station[map] is well connected to Stuttgart, with fast regional trains every 30min starting early in the morning and running until almost midnight.

During the weekend, organizers provide a free shuttle bus. Actually, you might get a bit confused, as the normal city transport buses are used :-) but they're clearly marked.

The only problem is that the buses start relatively late: on Saturday at 10am and on Sunday at 9am. As you might want to get there earlier, to profit from the extra opportunities, you may end up having to do a ~3km walk in the morning. Similarly in the evening for the fans of static light show: I am actually not sure, but I bet the shuttle buses don't run until as late as 10pm.

Shuttle bus will drive you right in front of the airfield entry, they have a special large parking and traffic priority.


All along the press/vip parkings[map] you will find few points that sell the entrance tickets. They provide a wristband, so you can exit the airfield (to e.g. get to your car) and go back anytime during the day.


Hotels in the area

Linked from the event website there is the albtrauf.de website[external], which seems to be an index of the local accomodations (select Kirchheim unter Teck in the dropdown box). It is mostly focused on the longer-term visitors, with most entries being Ferienwohnungs (holiday houses for rent) and relatively high prices. However, you will also find some local hotels with reasonable prices, like Gasthof Ratstube[external] or Teck-Garni Hotel[external].

Further hotels

Considering a perfect location just at the highway exit, if you are coming with a car, it makes sense to search for accomodation a bit further. There are few Accor network hotels in the surroindings of Stuttgart. Few links to particular ones:

I have stayed in the last one and I can recommend it. While it is "higher" than Etap/Ibis in the Accor standards, thanks to it relatively remote location the prices are still affordable. And, it's few minutes drive from the highway too :-)


If you are lucky driver of a camping car, you'll be very welcome at Hahnweide. Organizers provide a dedicated parking space for these, not very far from the entrances and with almost direct sight to the western part of the aircraft parking :-) I have no information on facilities though (electricity etc).


Hahnweide is a 3-day event. Friday is mostly about arrivals, but pilots are also free to exercise the demonstrations. Also, already on Friday there are scenic flights with the historical Ju-52 aircrafts. There is no fixed timetable on this day. On Friday evening there is a free concert in one of the halls and also the night light show (see below) starts at 10pm or later.

Saturday and Sunday are the main show days. Very early in the morning (before 7am and certainly before the sunrise), the entire aircraft parking is open for the public. At 9am public is asked to go behind the barriers, as the first flights start. Until about 11-12am it's mostly light flying, some late arrivals and scenic flights.

Sometime around noon, the actual show starts and lasts until 6-7pm. Even after then you can expect some pilots to take off for the recreational flights. On Saturday evening the static display is being highlighted again.

Detailed program may vary between the days, but overall it should be roughly the same, perhaps just in different order.

It's worth noting that you're free to stay in the showground as long as you wish - nobody will kick you out after the show is over, you might just need to eat in the party area as opposed to the daytime tents :-)

Photo opportunities (public)

As already mentioned: while Hahnweide is theoretically not very well positioned for the airshow (public facing south), considering the way it's organized, it can be actually quite a photographic event. The only limitation is that due to the static parking placed between the public and runway, it's more difficult to take pictures of takeoffs/landings and rolling (only way to get around it is to get a press accreditation). But hey, it's all against the sun anyway :-) Read on.

PLEASE NOTE Just to be completely clear: few of the photos you see here couldn't have been made without a press accreditation: takeoff of Sea Fury/Focke Wulf, one of the Bleriots and the last Habicht. All of the others, even if sometimes taken in the press area, could have been done from the public spots too.

Dynamic display

Static parking

On Saturday and Sunday, early in the morning (before 7) you can enter the airfield area and approach all the airplanes parked there. This applies to both "main" static display along the crowdline[map] and the visitor parking[map] on the other side of the runway. The latter one hosts mostly light, general-aviation planes - but still, with the rising sun, it offers some great photo opportunities.

Also the large passenger oldtimers (Ju-52, DC-3) are parked there. Be sure to also check out the Sikorsky S58 helicopter, usually parked near the north-western, unused runway[map].

Night show

This is something unique to Hahnweide: on both Friday and Saturday evenings, the most interesting parts of the static display are beautifully highlighted. In fact, it's not just static - but rather a full-featured show, with moving lights, colours and perfectly adapted music. It's all so well done that it's easy to forget about taking the photos :-)

The only drawback: you probably need to come with a car, as it starts at 10pm or even later. Also, do not forget to take your tripod - or you will end up having to shoot at ISO3200, with your camera against a (shaky) fence - just like I did in 2009 :-)

In any case, be sure to watch it once. This show alone is a reason good enough to come to Hahnweide.

Use of stepladders/windshields

It's allowed, however not really useful, because:

Of course all the general notes about ladder usage apply.

Photo opportunities (other)

Actually, it's difficult to say whether the "other" options shouldn't be listed as "public" ;-) as the organizers in fact do inform about them and encourage the people to use them. For the purpose of this article, I'll mean more "places outside the showground".


Toilets are located behind the main hangar. While they are generally OK and there is enough of them, I think they could be more distributed. In the peak time, if you are unlucky, the way from one of the showground corners, through the crowd, may end up being too long...

Selection of food is just enough for a typical airshow day - nothing to be either excited, or unhappy about.


Entry tickets are priced reasonably:

Saturday or Sunday15EUR
Combined 3-day ticket25EUR
Children below 14 yearsfree

You can buy your ticket already on the parking place - there are people wandering around and selling them on spot, to avoid queues at the gates (brillant concept, if you ask me). The ticket has a form of a wristband and you are free to leave the showground and come again as you wish (within one day).

Food prices are surprisingly low (for such an event). Can't remember exactly, but I think that 3-4EUR gave me a nice portion of French fries with a saussage. Yet another example of good thinking: lower price, more sold, same gain, more people happy :-)

Last updated: 21-10-2012, 17:07

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