Important notes

The security is instructed by the regulatory authorities to pay attention to youth protection regulations, so it is not allowed, for example, young people under the age of 16 to drink alcohol or smoke. Young people under the age of 18 are also not allowed to drink or smoke spirits.

It is forbidden to bring alcoholic beverages! Glass bottles are not allowed on the entire festival grounds.

Young people under 18 years are not allowed to the evening event

Pyrotechnics, Bengal fire and New Year’s Eve fireworks/bangers are prohibited and will be prosecuted by the police. The only concern here is the safety of the visitors.

Driving unlicensed motor vehicles is prohibited throughout the festival grounds.

Dogs are generally to be leashed.

HOW to BYND the Hill

How to BYnd

Datum / Location

August 18-20, 2023 at the Green Hill Bikepark in Gellinghausen 42, 57392 Schmallenberg Gellinghausen

Opening hours festival site - day

Friday, August 18, 2023, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (EXPO) – 9 p.m. (EPIC Area).

Saturday, August 19, 2023, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (EXPO) – 10 p.m. (EPIC Area).

Sunday, August 20, 2023, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Opening hours festival site - night

Friday, August 18, 2023, 21:00 – 01:00 (EPIC Area)

Saturday, August 19, 2023, 22:00 – 03:00 (EPIC Area)

Sunday, August 20, 2023, 17:00 – 22:00 (EXPO & EPIC Area)

The Nines

Swatch Nines was founded as an antagonist to traditional competitions, a playground for athletes to develop in the safest and best possible way. All while being captured by the best filmers and photographers. Professional mountain bikers in the summer and skiers and snowboarders in the winter are part of Swatch Nines because of its unique format, paradigm-shifting venues and high-end media production.

The Nines 2023 stand for bigger, further and higher. At the winter event you could already see a whole new setup, skate and snow park combined with massive obstacles, where first-class and especially massive action was guaranteed.

Some of the biggest names in the mountain bike scene have already confirmed their participation.

Among them are stars like Sam Reynolds, the most successful German slopestyler Erik Fedko, YouTube star Sam Pilgrim and many more.


During the Festival Days Friday through Sunday, demo fleets of bicycle manufacturers will be on hand for our visitors. The tickets will be issued with the rental bikes, so that everyone has the chance to ride the Green Hill trails exclusively and test the latest bikes this weekend. The EXPO Area in the valley is filled with exhibitors and product presentations, and even world firsts in the industry are released here. The Whip-Off’s represented by Rocky Mountain will take place on Sunday. The festival atmosphere is additionally enlivened by music, food and drinks.

Well-known DJs such as Tube & Berger will be spinning at the opening ceremony on Friday evening, and on Saturday the Swatch Nines Gala Night will be followed by the POC Aftershow Party, with DJ Craft (K.I.Z.) among others. The community feeling of the athletes from all over the world and the bikers from the whole scene should be the focus here.

The Green Hill Bikepark is happy to share its love for the sport and to offer the bike community a new, fresh bike festival.

Participation in events

You can participate in many side events of the festival, be it he Bunny Hööp or Mini Ramp Contest. You can register at the Green Hill Booth in the festival area! Many more events, raffles and promotions as well as an exact date for the events will be announced! So it’s best to stay tuned via the newsletter.

The Whip Offs get a select line up of riders. However, you can win a Wild Card and participate. More info directly under the highlight item “Rocky Mountain Whip Off”.

The Swatch Nines is an exclusive event filled with the best riders in the world. Here, participation is only possible after a personal invitation from the Swatch Nines Crew.

Age limit

There is no age limit for the festival itself. Only for the evening event in the party area there will be an age limit from 18 years. Controls will take place at the entrances and at the ticket office.

Check-In Festival Area/Camping Area

There are two things you need to check-in to the festival grounds/camping area:

To ensure that everything runs smoothly, when using your e-ticket/QR code (Order ID), please make sure that you have downloaded your ticket in advance, that your cell phone battery is sufficiently charged and that your ticket is clearly legible/scannable (e.g. in the event of a damaged display).A valid identity card (also possible: passport or driver’s license – nothing else!). Please have your ticket (QR code/ e-ticket) and your ID ready for inspection at the entrance/check-in.

Re-entry to the premises

Once checked in to the site, you can shuttle between the Camping Area, Festival Area, The Nines Area with your wristband at any time, get from the site to the parking lot and back to the site afterwards.

Means of payment for the festival grounds

Cashless system from the moment you enter the premises. System and pre-payment of your credit is yet to be announced.
(Parking 5 € in cash, exhibitor also in cash)

Festival T-shirt

You can order the festival t-shirt as an add-on via the ticket portal. You will get the shirt together with your wristband at the entrance to the festival area.

ATTENTION: An exchange and/or cancellation is not possible!

Bike park officially closed

Riding your own bike will not be possible/allowed this weekend. The exhibitors will bring bikes, which you can then rent for free for a limited time together with the lift ticket. So you have the chance to test the latest bikes on the Green Hill Trails very exclusively.

Bringing food and drinks

Neither drinks nor food may be taken onto the festival grounds. There is a wide selection of food and drinks at festival-friendly prices at several locations.

Deposit system

Keep our Green Hill green: Bring back your cup or can so we can make sure they can be recycled in an environmentally friendly way.

How does it work?You pay a deposit per cup/can when you order your first drink. On your next order, you exchange your empty cup/can for a full one and pay only for the drink. If you don’t want a drink anymore, you return your empty can/cup and get the deposit back.

You can return a maximum of 10 empty cups/cans at a time.


We will provide sufficient sanitary facilities (including barrier-free toilets) on our Green Hill Festival grounds and camping areas. The toilet areas are well distributed, quickly accessible to everyone and cleaned regularly. The use of all toilets is free of charge.

Internet and network availability

During a festival, internet and network availability may be slightly limited. We will do our best to provide you with optimal accessibility.

Medical care

For medical emergencies of all kinds, paramedics and rescue workers are on site around the clock. Escape routes and emergency exits for rescue services must be kept clear at all times. If you are dependent on medication, please be sure to bring it in its original packaging along with a doctor’s note.

Alcohol and drugs

We put an incredible amount of effort into it so that we can all celebrate the weekend of our lives on Green Hill together. Too much alcohol or illegal drugs can end the party faster than we’d like. Therefore you should already pay attention to yourself and your friends at the check-in. Furthermore, we pursue a zero tolerance policy! Anyone caught with illegal drugs, e.g. during the searches at the gates or the controls at the festival, will be handed over to the police immediately and will not be allowed access to the festival.

Stay tuned!

To get all the info and not miss the latest releases, subscribe to our festival newsletter! Festival Map, Side Events or the look of the Whip Off Trophy you will find out here first!

how to infrastructure

Thursday Camper Arrival

The entrance to the campground is located at the entrance to the upper parking lot, which will also be the EXPO Area.
Arrival time and accreditation is 17/08/2023 from 17:00 to 18/08, 01:00. Your accreditation must be done in this time slot.

Arriving on Thursday evening to get really cozy in your camping space? We’ll welcome you with a Warm Welcome on Thursday starting at 5pm. Until 01:00 you can arrive and check in directly with your QR Code/E-Ticket.

Departure time is from 08/20/2023 from 5pm – 08/21/2023, 12:00pm.
Entry/exit during the festival only possible in exceptional cases.

How do I get to the festival area?

The entrance for campers is at the Hellermanns Hütte archway, for those arriving by shuttle from the outside parking lots, the entrance is at our upper parking lot entrance.
You show your QR code/e-ticket at the entrance, which will give you your wristband and, if you have chosen it, your signature shirt. To get into all areas you have to go through here and redeem your ticket.

Friday/Saturday/Sunday Arrival Day guests

You park on one of the advertised parking lots Westernbödefeld, Hunau or Rimberg. We also show you this on the map (LINK). Here you will be brought to the festival with one of our shuttlebuses and picked up there again.

Arrival by car

The Green Hill is easily accessible by car. The A46 is only 15 minutes away and leads to both the Rhineland/Ruhr area and the Netherlands.

  • Coming from Dortmund, follow the A46 in the direction of Meschede and take “Exit 69 – Enste”.
  • Coming from the Rhineland, follow the tracks in the direction of Olpe and from there in the direction of Schmallenberg/Bad Fredeburg. The L776 leads directly to Green Hill.
    Once on the L776, please immediately follow the BYND signs for the correct parking/parking area.

IMPORTANT: For the parking spaces, a distinction is made between campers and day visitors.

  • Campers:inside need the parking ticket “Camping Area” and have to use the parking lot “C1, C2 and Z1” directly at the festival area. Only here are also provided sanitary facilities. The accreditation has to be done in the period from 17.08.2023 from 17:00 to 18.08, 01:00.
  • Day visitors must enter the designated parking spaces “P??” to “P??” benefit. From here all day visitors will be shuttled from the parking lot to the festival area and back.
  • Parking costs 5 euros (cash only) and includes the shuttle.
Arrival by train & bus

Timetables and tickets are available via the DB app and on the
DB website
. Buses run at the public times.

The following train stations are easy to reach:

Meschede train station: Le-Puy-Straße 24, 59872 Meschede – from here you can continue to Green Hill by bus, line S90

Train station Lennestadt Altenhundem: Lennestraße 20, 57368 Lennestadt – from here you can continue to Green Hill by bus, lines SB9 & S90


Through the camping ticket you book a fixed slot of 4×6 meters or 3×4 meters. It is not possible to exceed this area. If you need more space, book two pitches.
In a 2-3 person tent should sleep at least 2 people. Large (team) tents with more than 8 sleeping places are not allowed. Our security staff will check tent sizes at check-in to the camping area.
Since camping filling is dynamic, it is not possible to plan how fast and in which direction the area will be filled. The instructions of our security personnel must be followed at all times!

Camping pitch selection

Generally, there is no guarantee for adjacent pitches. If you want to stand next to each other with two or more groups, we recommend arriving as early and together as possible and expressing your wish at check-in. But even this is not a guarantee.

Leaving the camping area during the festival

Leaving the camping area with a vehicle is only possible during the festival in verifiable exceptional cases. If you want to stay flexible, you can park your car in one of the parking lots. A shuttle service is possible there. However, for this you have to buy the parking ticket in addition to the campsite.

Shuttle Service

A free shuttle will be available to all visitors to travel from the parking lots to the festival grounds and back at designated times.

Times Shuttle:

Fri/Sat 09:00 to 01:00

So. 09:00 till 19:00

Showers/washes for campers

So you can wash the dance sweat off your body, there will be shower trucks at the camping area.


The use of barbecues is strictly prohibited! We are in one of the warmest months of the year and on a green hill where the risk of fire is very high.

Care must be taken to ensure that the use of spirit, gasoline or other flammable liquids is strictly prohibited. In case of fire, immediately inform the security forces.

Gas camping stoves may only be used with gas cartridges (piercing and valve cartridges, such as the blue cartridges of the Campinggaz brand) up to a maximum filling weight of 450 grams. Camping stoves with liquid fuel are not allowed.

Furthermore, the use of open fire as well as the lighting of a campfire or open fire is strictly prohibited! Bringing pyrotechnics is also prohibited.


Let’s go for the green side of life:
Help us to keep the camping area clean and above all to leave it clean, because without you the best garbage concept is useless. Reuse your tents and pavilions, take back your pools, throw trash in the trash cans and dumpsters on the grounds.

How to general

Do I have to buy my ticket online or is there also a box office?

Basically, you should buy your ticket online in advance. Under Tickets you can easily put together your package. Day or weekend ticket, party ticket and camping. We will have a box office this weekend. However, there are a limited number of camping and party tickets. A guarantee to get exactly the tickets you want is only achieved by purchasing the appropriate ticket online.

For which areas / areas do I need a ticket?

Ticket 1: Area Ticket (Swatch Nines site, EXPO/Food/Whip-Off Area)Ticket 2: Party Area

Ticket 3: Campsite (one ticket per pitch/tent)

-> This weekend lift tickets can only be purchased by exhibitors for test rides. You can then book a test ride at the EXPO Area with the exhibitors. The bike park will be on the festival weekend not be open regularly!

For which days do I need tickets?

For Friday, Saturday and Sunday you need the Area Ticket to get into the festival area at all. For Friday and Saturday there is then the party ticket freely selectable as an add-on. If you want to stay overnight, then you still need a ticket for the campsite on the days Friday to Sunday, here is valid per pitch/tent one ticket and not per person.

Where can I buy tickets?

You can buy tickets in the online store or on site at the festival area (on site, however, no guarantee that the tickets you want are still available).

How do I get my ticket after ordering online?

After the purchase is completed, you will receive a QR code. On the festival weekend you show the QR code at the entrance and the access to the camping. We will see which tickets you have bought and you will get your wristband accordingly. 

How does the payment process work on site?

There will be a cashless system on the entire festival site (no cash payment) To give. You can top up your card on site or online, so you can make cashless payments at any time.

Am I allowed to ride my bike with you during the festival weekend and can I use the lift?

No. Riding your own bike will not be possible/allowed this weekend. The exhibitors will bring bikes, which you can then rent for free for a limited time together with the lift ticket. This gives you the chance to test the latest bikes on the Green Hill Trails.

Where can I park?

Surrounding parking lots and green areas are available for day guests. There are shuttle buses here to take you to the festival site. If you stay overnight, you can book a place in the camping area and park there. A site plan will be available online in advance. 

Can I spend the night with you in a camper/motorhome?

Yes, for the festival there are extra sites for campers/camper vans and a tent site. But you have to book this place in advance via the ticket system.

Do you have lockers?

Unfortunately, we are not yet able to offer you any closing options. Since the parking lot is located in the immediate vicinity, we recommend that you only take the essentials with you up the mountain.

No. You don’t need anything like that for the festival itself.However, the evening event in the party area will only be permitted from the age of 18. Checks take place here at the entrances and at the ticket issue. 

Which trails can be used during the festival?

All routes can be used during the festival. However, you only get a lift ticket and thus permission to ride if you rent a bike in the EXPO area, with which you then get a ticket for free and can ride for a certain time / slot (Determined by the exhibitors) in the bike park – free bike testing exclusively in the bike park so. 

I want to be part of the BYND Festival and help – how can I apply to be a marshal?

In our first year we are looking for helpers for the competitions and routes. More detailed information can be found under the menu item “Volunteers”.

How to participate in the Rocky Mountain Whip-Offs?

Information about the competitions can be found in the highlights. Here you will find a list of all the events you could participate in.

Can I take drinks with me to the festival grounds?

Bringing alcoholic beverages is prohibited. Closed drinks are not allowed on the entire festival area for safety reasons.

How do I find my way around the festival grounds?

The festival site is very easy to overlook. On our map you will find important points for orientation.

What do I do if I feel harassed or harassed?

As with some other major festivals, you can get away with saying “Which way to Panama?” to employees of the festival, the security and especially to the crew at the info point. The addressees will then accompany you out of the situation and bring you into a safe and shielded area. Together you can discuss the next step: Do you just need a moment of rest, do you need a paramedic, do you want to make a phone call or do you want to contact the police for you?

Here is some more important information that we would like to share with you
  • It is forbidden to bring alcoholic beverages! Closed drinks are not allowed on the entire festival area for safety reasons.
  • The security is instructed by the regulatory authorities to pay attention to youth protection regulations, so it is not allowed, for example, young people under the age of 16 to drink alcohol or smoke. Young people under the age of 18 are also not allowed to drink or smoke spirits.
  • Youth under the age of 18 are not permitted to attend the evening event .
  • Driving unlicensed motor vehicles is prohibited throughout the festival grounds.
  • Pyrotechnics, Bengal fires and New Year’s Eve fireworks/firecrackers are prohibited and will be prosecuted by the police. The only concern here is the safety of the visitors.
  • Dogs are generally to be leashed.
  • For all other questions you can always contact the Infopoint.