European Handcuff Convention 2019

written 2019-01-22

The seventh European Handcuff Convention - EHC2019 - will take place this year once again in Herborn, Germany, on 4-6 October 2019. Similar to the previous conventions the main meeting will be all day on the Saturday, 5 October 2019 this time. It is planned to be the usual combination of tables onto which you can place your items, talks on the topic, and ample opportunity for informal discussions.

It is taking place in the Gutshof Herborn, a location which offers overnight accomodation, restaurant, and a convention venue. Hotel rooms at the reduced convention price can be booked - only by phone or email - until end of August. The venue can easily be reached by car via Autobahn A45, by train to railway station Herborn (1.5 km away, local buses ~0.5 km). Nearest airports are Frankfurt and Cologne.

  • Fri 4 October 2017: arrival, Restaurant "Braustube" 19:00-23:00
  • Sat 5 October 2017: EHC2019 9:00-18:00, Restaurant 19:00-23:00
  • Sun 6 October 2017: breakfast, departure

    Convention fee
    50 EUR for EHC2019 9:00-18:00
    This includes refreshments and a buffet lunch (lunch beverages excluded).
    You pay me cash at the door.

    Convention registration
    Send an email as soon as feasible to ehc2019 (a) but no later than 26th September 2019. Please write me even if it is a "maybe" only at this point in time so myself - and fellow organiser Peter Pensaert - already have a way to contact you once further details are emerging. In any case this will put you on an email list for further information.

    We have table reservations. You order food and beverages a la carte and pay yourself.

    If you need overnight accomodation, you organise it yourself. You pay yourself.
    Having said that, discounted room rates can be obtained by mentioning "EHC2019" or European Handcuff Convention. You need to book until end of August. Rooms available from 4/10/2019 to 6/10/2019, single price is 74 EUR per night, double price is 94 EUR per night. Price includes breakfast.
    Only book by phone or email, otherwise you won't get the discounted room rates.

    Gutshof Herborn, Zum Gutshof 1, D-35745 Herborn, Germany
    telephone +49 2772 5755740 (from Germany 02772 5755740) - they speak English, too

    Important dates

  • 30-AUG-2019 have your hotel rooms reserved
  • 26-SEP-2019 have registered (with me)
  • 05-OCT-2019 Convention day

    I am looking forward to meeting you all (again) in October.


    The general feeling from all conventioneers was that EHC2017 was a success. Not the least because restaurant, hotel and convention room at the Gutshof Herborn site were so close. Hence one could talk and chat not only during convention time proper but also at the breakfast table, at lunchtime, and in the evenings in the restaurant over some glasses of beer or wine or rhubarb juice.

    Looking back, in 2017 we had not two but four presentations:

  • Restrains in Past and Present Times
  • Menschloss - a new patent - after a hundred years of swinging through
  • A visit to the Yuil factory
  • Horst Stein but actually Kurt Metk

    And these presentations plus discussions made for an interesting part of the afternoon.

    get there by train:

  • in Frankfurt airport head for Terminal S - that is the S-Bahn station which is underground
  • go there to platform 1 (you have your ticket?) any train there should head into Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof
  • alight at the first station below ground (the 3rd station if you count)
  • take the escalators up into the main concourse of Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof
  • direct trains to Herborn leave at platform 14-ish, destination Treysa/Dillenburg
  • board the part near the buffer stop, these direct trains split in Giessen, with your part changing direction in Giessen
  • after Giessen comes Wetzlar and then Herborn
  • 4 possibilites (1) you may be met (2) there is a taxi rank (3) walk just short of 1 mile (4) take a bus
    welcome to Gutshof and EHC

    get there by car:

  • leave the Autobahn A45 at exit 29 Herborn-Süd
  • turn right at the end of the slip road
  • turn again right, not left, at the T junction
  • after about 1km at the roundabout turn right, and right again immediately after it
    welcome to Gutshof and EHC