Day 2: tour of Munich and our first performance

The Deutscher Musikverein had a historic first today: we performed in Germany for the first time in our 81 year history! Despite some jet lag and nerves, the show went really well. I couldn't be more proud of the band!

Nymphenburg palace

Nymphenburg palace

Before we got there, though, we had a wonderful tour of Munich. Our guides for the day, Kristiana and Stefan, led the group on insightful tours through the city of Munich. We visited the summer palace at Nymphenburg, then walked through the old city before arriving at the Marienplatz right before noon.

We were there just in time to see the world famous Glockenspiel in action. Bell music accompanied a historic scene, depicting a royal wedding, a joust, and a peasant dance. Spoiler alert: the Bavarian knight always wins the joust. As our guide said, “It really helps our self confidence to win something three times every day.”

After that, the group went had some free time in the city. Many had lunch or went shopping. At least one person bought Lederhosen.

Here are some more photos from today:

Day 1: Arriving in Munich

We're here!

After arriving at Munich Airport, we got a quick tour of Munich, which included a walk to the world famous Hofbräuhaus for those who had the energy.


Some of the band's first impressions of the city include how clean it is, how much construction is happening, and how seriously Germans take their bike lanes.

This was followed by a welcome dinner at the Königlicher Hirschgarten, the largest biergarten in Munich. It was a sprawling property that seats over 8,000 with vendors of all sorts and even a carnival ride!

Tomorrow things really get going with a tour of the city, a group planning some serious shopping for Tracht, and our first performance. Until then, here are some more photos from our first day:

Performance schedule

THURSDAY 7/18/19
-           Munich
-           Zum Flacher Biergarten
-           Perform 6pm – 7pm
-           Arrive ~ 5pm, leave ~ 8pm
-           Beautifully situated on the Isar River in Munich.  We'll be playing in the Biergarten, which holds up to 1,300 people.

Isarauen 8
81379 Munich

SATURDAY 7/20/19
-           Grossholzhausen, Bavaria
-           Grossholzhausen Sportverein
-           Perform 7:00pm-10:30pm
-           Arrive 6 pm, leave 11pm

ASV Großholzhausen e.V.
Sulzbergstraße 56
83064 Großholzhausen (Bayern)

SUNDAY 7/21/19
-           Salzburg
-           Sternbraeu Biergarten
-           Perform at 4:30pm–6pm
-           Arrive ~ 4pm, Leave ~ 6:30pm

Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg
Griesgasse 23
5020 Salzburg

THURSDAY 7/25/19
-           Karlsruhe
-           Hoepfner-Burghof Biergarten
-           Perform at 6:00pm–8:30pm
-           Arrive ~ 5:15pm, leave ~ 9pm.
-       This should be a lovely setting; the Biergarten can hold approx 400 people.

Hoepfner Burghof
Haid-und-Neu-Straße 18
76131 Karlsruhe

SATURDAY 7/27/19
-       Flehingen, municipality of Oberderdingen, Baden-Württemberg
-       The performance will be next to the "Evangelical Kindergarten” (nursery school)
-       Perform 7:30-9:00pm
-       Arrive ~5:30, leave ~11pm
-       The Flehingen Youth Band will play from 6-7:15pm
-       The Fehingen Musikverein will play starting at 9:15pm – open ended finish time.

Evangelical Kindergarten (nursery school)
Gochsheimer Str. 13,
75038 Oberderdingen (Flehingen)

SUNDAY 7/28/19
-           Rüdesheim am Rhein
-           Rüdesheim am Rhein "Marktplatz" (Market Square)
-           Perform 5:00p-6:15pm
-           Arrive ~ 4:30pm (we’ll walk from out hotel, which is 5min away).  Finish ~ 6:15pm

Markt 20
65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein

MONDAY 7/29/19 #1
-           Rüdesheim am Rhein to Boppard and back
-           Rhine River Cruise
-           11:00-4:00p (exact cruise not yet finalized)
-           A small group of “Blowmusik” musicians will play during the cruise for ~ 45 minutes.

MONDAY 7/29/19 #2:
-           Rüdesheim am Rhein
-           Hotel Lindenwirt Weingarten
-           Perform 6:00pm – 7:30pm
-           We are staying at this hotel and will have a farewell dinner immediately after the performance at the Hotel.

Hotel Lindenwirt:
Amselstr. 4, 65376
Rüdesheim am Rhein, Hesse Germany