Make sure to time your walk through Graz to visit the Glockenspiel Platz at 11 am, 3 pm or at 6 pm. At these times, the two windows open up, to reveal a wooden couple dressed in traditional costumes, which turns to the chime of bells. The clock has been operating for over 100 years.
Glockenspiele (carillon) is one of the emblems of Graz, a must see when visiting the town, its the most popular attractions and not for kids only. As a metter of fact I just couldn't take off my eyes of it until dancing and bells ringing didn't stop, and it takes several minutes while the clock bits full hour. It looks just magical, do not miss it.
Glockenspiele is located in the Glockenspieleplatz, a small and very beautiful square which is behind the Stadtparrkirchen Zum Heilige Blut.
The Glockenspielplatz: Stop by at 11 am, 3 pm or 6 pm - it is well worth it. Two sides of a window open up and out come a wood-carved couple in traditional costume, turning to the sound of the chimes. They have been doing their rounds for almost 100 years now, never a minute too late.
In 1884 Gottfried Maurer, a wine merchant, bought a house in Fliegenplatzl Square and decided to have a carillon installed there, because he had enjoyed visiting these on his travels through Belgium and Germany.
The carillion played for the first time on Christmas Eve 1905. In 1929 Gottfried Maurer bequeathed the carillon to the city of Graz, on the condition that they kept on playing it. In World War II the bells were taken away and used to make arms, but thankfully they were renewed in 1956.
The Graz glockenspiel plays three times a day at 11am, 3pm and 6pm. A man and lady dressed in traditional Styrian national costume come out and dance. Of course, being totally disorganized, we went at the wrong time and did not see the glockenspiel in action. It is located in a pretty square with a cafe.