Tips for Traveling to Experience a German Band in Europe
[Updated 2023, there's a new stadium tour planned.] [But in 2020 and 2021, Travel Bans in Australia, the UK, Europe, & places around the World, meant shows were postponed until 2022. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to travel to Zurich in 2022.]
The original plan was to fly from Melbourne to London. Saying London for three nights, then fly to Zürich
Plan travel from Melbourne Australia to attend a German band live show held in Zürich Switzerland.
Our flight from Melbourne to London is 22 hours and 50 minutes. It's a direct flight with one fuel stop. And, we don't get off the plane!
And, the allowance for carry-on is 7 kilos. What would you take with you on a flight 22+ hours?
1 Live Show Tickets
Firstly, buy tickets. Without tickets, the plan comes to a grinding halt.
And, buying for this German band in Germany is a harder feat than you can imagine.
In hindsight, I learned that it is better to become a community member prior to an announcement of their tour. As members are given access to purchase tickets about 24 hours prior to the general public.
I spent about three hours attempting to purchase tickets for the band in Germany. However, I had so much difficulty attempting to log onto the platform and stay in it to buy tickets. Even though I had set up a user account ahead of time, it didn't make a difference.
After about three hours, all the stadium shows in Germany did not have seats for two people together.
So, I tried my luck with Zürich. And, I bought two tickets for their stadium show in 2020. Oh, and the tickets for Zürich seemed to be more expensive than Germany.
I bought the tickets in July 2019. 11 months later, we're heading for my first time to Europe at age 59!
2 Buy the Band's New Album
Buy the new album, Deutschland. And, play it on high rotation.
Learn the words of the songs.
On YouTube, you can gauge which songs were played from the album on the band's stadium tour in 2019. Of course, they can change or be omitted.
There are some old favorites that will get air time again.
And, some specific songs for which city and country they are playing.
3 Learn the German Language
Learning the German language helps to memorize the lyrics. It also helps you to become aware of the meaning of the lyrics in your mother tongue. For me, that is English.
4 Book Travel
With the tickets for the band's show not until 2020. It gives you the opportunity to research, watch, and wait for the best time to book your flights and accommodation.
As I researched, I picked a few accommodations. When I received emails that they were half-price. We headed for the travel agent which happened to be the same weekend as their expo. And, we were able to get their deal rates.
Rammstein Melbourne 2011
The last time they toured Melbourne was in 2011
Here are some of my images of the show. We were very close to the stage. Something. we are unlikely to achieve in Europe.
That was in 2011.
But the question remains: when will Rammstein tour Australia?
Very Hot Day! It was 39 Celsius. Combine that with the heat from the stage.
We sat in the hot sun for about two hours and waited for their meet and greet. And, were rewarded for meeting each band member. No photos with them were allowed. Meeting them was something that I thought would have been a challenge hard to achieve.
I still remember the show. The loudness of the music, ground shaking, fire, pyrotechnics, and the goosebumps as their music started.
Three tips for Audience Etiquette
1 Sitting on the top of someone else's shoulders blocks the view of those near and behind you. In addition to creating distractions in their pictures.
2 Wearing a very wide-brimmed hat blocks the view of those behind you. Be sun smart yes. But, one of those very wide-brimmed Mexican hats on tall people reduces others' line of sight to the stage of those behind you.
3 Wear dark-colored hats. As white and light-colored hats create unwanted distractions in others' pictures and videos.
At live shows, what distractions have prevented you from seeing a band perform on stage?
First Time Travel to Europe
It will be my first time traveling to Europe.
And, it will be my second time seeing their live show.
Here, in Australia, they are unable to bring their full stage for stadiums set up so it will be cool to see them in it. I read there is something like 17 trucks.
If you are wondering how long it takes to set up their stage. Rammstein Official released a video of a 7-day turnaround.
Your First Time travel to Europe
Have you been to Europe? When was your first time?
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First visit to Europe was in 1997. Great suggestions with wear dark colored hats for photos.
Thank you Missy. That’s a long time ago.
How exciting! I can’t wait to hear all about it. My first time in Europe was 21 years ago. I went to Paris with friends. I waited another 20 years to go again. I would go every year if I could.
Thank you Heather. That’s a big gap between travels.
I love traveling for concerts! Great concert etiquette tips. Now if everyone followed those! ha!
Thank you Jordin. Cool, you love concerts.
We have been to Europe, but never to a concert there. Have fun!
Glad you visited Courtney. Thank you.
Concerts are one of the places I’ll fight a crowd!! Never been out of the country for one, but I have traveled across state lines!
Sounds like you love your gigs, Julie
Sounds like a fun thing to do! I love the tip about wearing dark colored hats, I try to to be conscientious of others near me when I am at a concert, but did not think of that.
Thank you Jennifer
Wow this concert looks like it was awesome!!! What a fun trip!!!
Thank you Lisa
What an amazing experience. And I agree. I have missed too many a good concert because I was not on their VIP list. Great tip!
Thank you Tricia
This is so fun! I remember listen to a German brand back in high school!
Thank you Lisa. It might be the same one!
I can’t even tell you how jealous my husband will be when I tell him you are flying to Europe to see your favorite band! That is being a true fan right there. That band is lucky to have you. I think you would for sure win biggest fan!
Thank you Stacey. You never know, he might do that one day too
Haven’t been to Germany. Love all the color!
Thank you Diane
I’ve seen many concerts but not this band. While in Europe I did see Elton John in Salzberg which was a great concert. I think it is fun to see bands/artists in different locations. Have fun.
Thank you Leeanne. Sounds like your enjoyed your experience.
I’m going to have a listen on YouTube. Looks like it was a concert!
Thank you Cathy
Wow. That is a crazy long flight!! So cool that you got to meet the band; sounds like it was an amazing experience!
Thank you Melissa. Probably once in a lifetime experience. Yes, it’s a long flight from downunder.
I’m going to have to check this band out because if you’re flying half way around the world to go see them, they must be AMAZING!
Thank you Brianna. Yes, I think they are amazing.
They’ve got a North America Stadium Tour later in the year.
LA & Mexico City are sold out.
There’s Philadelphia, Washington, Minneapolis, Chicago, Foxborough, East Rutherford, & San Antonio.
This concert sound awesome. I would love to experience this. Never been to Germany. Thanks for sharing.
You’re welcome Yuri. Hope you do.
Wow! That’s commitment to attend a concert in another country! I went to Europe for the first time when I was 40 (Finland for work)…and the second time was a month later (London, Paris, Luxembourg with my family).
Thank you kmf. Cool you traveled to Europe twice in a short space of time.
I’ve never heard of this band before. I’m not a concert goer as crowds are not my thing so I probably wouldn’t make any trip around a band but, it’s a fun idea.
Thank you Wendy. I’m the same, not into crowds. That’s why I couldn’t resist a stadium tour where we can have seats.