hello, i have a few questions and was wondering if anyone could help me.
i'm getting a flight into berlin next week with ryanair. it's going to an airport called schonefeld. is this the main airport or is it a small shack in the middle of nowhere?
do you need a permit for busking? i'm going to be travelling around germany with my guitar for the next month. which towns or cities are good for busking? also, what places have good music scenes?
RE: Berlin airports.
Schönefeld is in the south of the city and is one of the 2 main airports (along with Tegel, plus the smaller old hindenberg airport of Templehof-City), not a cow shed in a beetroot field like most Ryanair destinations tend to be...
It's also currently being rebuilt as the new Berlin-Brandenberg Int'l airport, which will end up being the only Berlin airport. As such, the airport link service (train) to central Berlin is either already running or due to open this summer, so it's easy to get to.
As for busking, no idea on the permit, and lots of cities have decent music scenes - Berlin and Hamburg in particular.
For Busking, the central pedestrian street in Munich (can't remember what the heck it's called) is probably the single best place in the country, and one of the best in Europe - lots of people do shows/performances of music/magic/comedy etc during the day, and in the evening, lots of groups of buskers and often "proper musicians" i.e. string quartets, i even saw a group including a guy with a grand piano once... etc play along there. Some of the building fronts which have slight overhanging roofs have fantastic accoustics!
Other than that, places like Heidelberg, Konstanz, Freiburg and along the Rhine valley you may do OK, but they are smaller places with more elderly visitors which get quiet after the shops shut. Köln (near station or in one of the squares down near the river) and Dusseldorf (in the old town) are good choices as well. Never seen a busker in Frankfurt; Hamburg is all about getting lucky in the right spot. berlin will be good to, but no idea where to recommend as a useful spot, sorry.
Heya - just for the main street in Munich: It's Neuhauser Str (It changes name twice along the strip, but I don't know those names). It starts at Karlsplatz and ends at Isartorplatz. About a five-to-ten minute walk from the trainstation. It;s ery busy at night, and there are musicians busking there as well, so you'll fit right in!
cheers, thanks for all the advice. leaving in 24 hours, can't wait
If there's anywhere you know your going to be busking for a few days, post it up. I'll probably be criss crossing germany most of next 2 weeks, so may be able to drop by and chuck euro's at you 8or drunenly laugh, depending how bad that days session was)
nice one. i'll be the guy playing lot's of bob dylan, beatles, radiohead, pogues, etc on a red and black guitar. will be in berlin, bremen, hamburg, cologne over the next 2 weeks. not sure what order though.