"Kehrwoch'" refers to the weekly cleaning duty, which takes turns among the inhabitants of a house. It is a Swabian virtue which is taken very seriously.
On Saturday, the alley has to be swept no matter what. This applies under all circumstances, even if it concerns a stage where a band of 30 Gugge musicians is playing right now...
The annual Guggemusik festival takes place in the squares of Schwäbisch Gmünd on one weekend before carnival - check the town's website for the exact date, it will be published a couple of weeks earlier.
The festival begins on Friday evening with the Guggenball (tickets needed).
Saturday is the best day for visitors. In the morning the Narrenbaum (jester tree) is erected in front of the town hall. After the official reception by the mayor, the 20 participating bands will play all afternoon on the stages in Marktplatz and Johannisplatz and also in the streets and pubs.
At 6 p.m. the Monster Concert begins on both stages.
On Sunday, the main event takes place inside the sports hall in Katharinenstraße: the Guggemusikfrühschoppen with all the bands and a lot of music, noise and drinking till late afternoon (entrance fee)
The 20th annual Guggenmusiktreffen takes place on the 22/23 of March, 2003. This is an annual event in Schwäbisch Gmünd. Bands from all over come to march through the streets and drink copious amounts of beer.... Sounds like my kind of custom...
Ok, the epilogue...OH MY GOD... I can't explain the day (mostly because of the beer a drank), but you should really experience this once in your life....Check out the travelogue for mor pictures