We heard a lot of good stories about Switzerland, but still we were a bit scared how the people will react and how strict are the rules in the country. St. Gallen gave a very good first impression :)
You have to get a permission from the police. They give out 3 permissions per day which you have to pay 20 CHF for.
Vadianstrasse 57 9001 St. Gallen
|map for busking|
- you can get this permit for 2 days in a month
- you can play 20 minutes in one place than you have to go on another street but after 20 minutes you can go back to the same place
- a group can be up to 3 people
- no drums allowed
- you are not allowed to play inside the marked zone Multergasse, Marktgasse
- you are allowed to play on Barenplatz and Spisergasse on Thursay and Sunday
- Tape recorders and amplifiers are not allowed
- performances in the surroundings of the mainstation are fobidden
We had just one day to play in St Gallen and we didn't have any swiss francs so we were quite desperate to play somewhere and make some money. We found a little passage next to a Post office and we played there for half an hour and we made 28 swiss francs(22.5 euros) so we were really happy but we couldn't play longer because of the cold.
We went back an hour later but after two songs the police stopped us and told us about the permission. They were extremly kind. They gave us a map and a businness card where we can find the police station. We went there and we got the permit for 20 francs .
We played an hour and a half more and we made around 70 swiss francs(56 euros) so we were really satisfied. The people really apprechiate music in St Gallen :) Everybody's smiling at you even the police.
The rules are quite okay. Maybe 20 minutes is too short and 2 days in a month is not enough but if you're just passing by it's a really nice place to play!!!
I guess anywhere in the center is just fine :)
We had a nice time in St Gallen though the weather was really crapy and we spent just one day in the town. We're looking forward to seeing the rest of Switzerland!