Aug 27 2017

Wiesbaden Germany

Published by at 7:04 pm under PSO 2017 European Tour

Wiesbaden is known as one of the oldest “spa towns”  in Europe, famous for its hot springs—at one time, 26 hot springs ran,  14 still flow today.  It’s a casino city too. The Prussians banned gambling in the 19th century but the Casino reopened in 1949.  The Pittsburgh Symphony is a sure bet to appear at the Rheingau Music Festival on Monday night. The US Army headquarters is still here following the takeover of the Luftwafffe headquarters at the end of WWII. There have been many famous musical residents of Wiesbaden. Elvis Presley was in town while he was in the Army and composer Max Reger too. Richard Wagner spent time as a composer as did Johannes Brahms while he wrote his Third Symphony.

Principal Piccolo Rhian Kenney and cellists Charlie Powers and Bronwyn Banerdt prepared the Musicians of Steel 5K run in September by running and planning the fundraiser to benefit the  care fund which helps  schools in the Pittsburgh area in need of music assistance.

Some members of the tour party took the Wiesbaden tram for the aerial view and a reminder of Mount Washington

One must eat so a Frische Brez’n mit kraeuterdip at the Kloster Andechs with violinist Christopher Wu hit the spot. Two fellow diners stopped by the table with Anne Martindale Willians and Lisa Gedris to suggest  that there were some hungry people at this table enjoying the Klostertafel with schweinehaxe (pork knuckles) and other assorted delicacies, sauerkraut and dumplings with gravy. I enjoyed the Bierkutscher Roesti, potatoes hash brown style topped with an egg over easy.


The Rewe gas station reminded me of Sheets or Get Go stores but with jars of  red cabbage, Heinz Ketchup and a large supply of chips to choose from.

Red Cabbage and Heinz Ketchup at the ReWE convenience store