Aachen is a beautiful German city located right across the border from the Netherlands. It is known for its large university and for being the home of Charles the Great in the Middle Ages who used Aachen as his imperial city. So I thought: why not come to the home of the King of the Franks and busk right in front of the Aachen Rathaus?
Upon arriving in the city, I met up with a friend of mine, Max, who showed me around. It was a cheery town that radiated a feeling of youthfulness and excitement, most likely due to the large university. I met some of Max’s friends and we enjoyed a night of bar hopping, music, and a late night jam session in a bands studio rehearsal room. Of course, I enjoyed my food of shwarma and the famous currywurst, which was actually just a sausage in ketchup and french fries.
The next day I took off to play right in front of the Aachen Rathaus, which sits on the old castle of Charles the Great. After setting up and playing my first song, Picture of Love off my new album, I quickly realized how amazing the acoustics were. It seems like these old squares were designed just for me. Even with a small little amplifier the sound like you are in a concert hall. Of course, my sound engineering success was short lived because the police showed up and told me to shut it down. Apparently in Aachen you need a license to play on the street, you are not allowed to use amplification, and finally you can never play in front of the Aachen Rathaus. I guess I broke three rules all at once. However, the cops were really friendly and also explained to me where I should get a license.
All in all, Aachen is an awesome town that I would highly suggest visiting. And if you are looking to busk here be sure to stop off at the green building across from the main train station. For only 5 euros you can have a week long busking pass.