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Musikantenstadl Logo.jpg
Genre Volksmusik/Schlager
Presented by

Karl Moik (1981-2005)

Andy Borg (2006-Present)
Country of origin Austria
Original language(s) German
No. of episodes 174 (as November 10, 2012)
Running time 2 hours 15 minutes (Musikantenstadl)
3 hours 45 minutes (Silvesterstadl)
Distributor Eurovision
Original run 5 March 1981 (1981-03-05) – present
External links
Musikantenstadl Website

Musikantenstadl is a live television entertainment program broadcast in the German language throughout Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. It features Austrian, Swiss, and German popular folk music (Schlager, Volkstümliche Musik), international pop and folk music as well as interviews and comedy. As a production of Eurovision, is co-produced by the Österreichischer Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk and Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen.[1] Aside from the live television broadcasts it also tours in Austria and Germany as live concerts. It is currently hosted by Andy Borg and its location of broadcast varies between towns in different regions in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.

The show could be compared to being a much larger German version of the UK 1970's entertainment show The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club. However Musikantenstadl consists of a large ski lodge Set construction and not a Social Club.

TV Channels[edit]

It is broadcast on 3 European TV Channels ORF 2 (ORF), Das Erste (ARD) and SRF 1 (SRF)


Karl Moik Era (1981-2005)[edit]

Musikantenstadl's first episode was broadcast from Enns, Austria on March 5, 1981 hosted by Karl Moik along with Hias Mayer a comedian. Karl Moik traveled the world with this show to places such as:

Special Show Locations

Andy Borg Era (2006-Present)[edit]

Andy Borg, Musikantenstadl Live Tour in 2010

In 2005, Andy Borg became host of the revamped program, with the German comedy duo "Waltraud & Mariechen" (Volker Heißmann & Martin Rassau) providing humor. His first show was aired on September 23, 2006 in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. Andy Borg is starting to take the show worldwide just like Karl Moik did. His first stop Poreč, Croatia on May 7, 2011. In April 2013 there is a Cruise planned to travel to (Florida, Haiti, Mexico & Jamaica).

30 Years on TV[edit]

On March 12, 2011 Musikantenstadl celebrated their 30-year anniversary of being on TV. The show was located in Freiburg, Germany was hosted by Andy Borg. Unfortunately this was the same day as the Japan Tsunami, so Musikantenstadl was not broadcast live. The show was later aired on March 26, 2011. A few singers performing were: Hansi Hinterseer, Semino Rossi, Die Stoakogler, Peter Kraus, Stefan Mross, Francine Jordi, DJ Ötzi. The first host Karl Moik was not present at the celebration show.


From the first Musikantenstadl episode broadcast in Enns Austria, each episode would be filmed with an increasingly large audience in a major stadium or hall. Each episode is situated in a different city in either Austria, Germany or Switzerland. Occasionally an episode is filmed in a foreign country in cooperation with a local television network, including Canada in 1994 and Australia in 1995. Although the program's set changed in 2005 with a new host, Musikantenstadl continues to feature local and foreign Schlager, Volkstümliche Musik (music) groups and popular singers with interviews, small-talk and other variety acts. Since 1989 an extended episode of Musikantenstadl is aired live on New Year's Eve, called Silvesterstadl (referring to 31. December as St. Silvestre's Day), also held at a venue with a live audience. Occasionally a 'Best Of' episode is aired, featuring highlights from Musikantenstadl's most recent episodes.


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