Neues Rathaus - New Town Hall, Munich

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    The centre of Munich

    by littleman Written Sep 21, 2013

    The new town hall.This gothic looking building is the centre of town.There is an information store at the front of the building which can be very helpful for the tourist.A number of the walking tours start from here as well.It can very crowded and a bit of a tourist trap in the middle of the day.

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    Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall)

    by antistar Updated Aug 14, 2013

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    This is without doubt the show stealing center piece of Marienplatz, and one of Munich's key landmarks. It grabs your attention through its outrageous architecture - a kind of spiky, crinkly neo-Gothic masterpiece. It is stunning during the day, and even more stunning at night. It was built in the late 19th century, just in time to get draped in the swastikas of the National Socialist movement (see Dachau museum) that was boiling up in Munich in the early part of last century.

    Today it offers two highlights: a trip to the top of the tower and the carillon in the main tower which sparks into action three times a day for the pleasure of the gawping tourists in Marienplatz. The carillon is a mechanical dance of automatons that commemorates the marriage of Wilhelm V to some German bint in the 16th century. The carillon goes off twice a day at 11am and midday, but during the summer it also plays at 5pm.

    The carillon stumbled into gear around 3 minutes late when I watched it, just in time to catch the crowd's attention before they had wandered off bemused. I watched the stalling metal mannequins as they made their way around the mini stage, and listened to the automaton chime the music to the Schäfflertanz like two anxious nine year old's reciting their favourite piece on the xylophone; all out of tune and synchronisation. A whiny little English brat walked past me, muttering to his friend, "why are these stupid ***ing people watching this stupid boring ***ing thing?" While he was irritating enough to slap, he did have a point.

    You can also go to the top of the tower, and while the view isn't as good as from Peterskirche across the square, it does benefit from the fact that it takes you up in a lift, rather than the back-breaking infinite stone steps of Old Peter. Plus you can get a picture of the Rathaus itself from Peterskirche. Be warned that in winter the tower is shut on weekends and public holidays.

    Neues Rathaus at Midnight Neues Rathaus Main Tower Neues Rathaus at Midday Carillon on the Neues Rathaus Neues Rathaus from the Peterskirche
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    New Town Hall - Rathaus

    by Roadquill Written Aug 8, 2013

    The New Town Hall is one of the central happening places in Munich. The large square in front is filled with people, and there were several live presentations on a temporary stage while we visited. The tower with its double level Glockenspiel is the highlight, but the neo Gothic style building is impressive.

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    Neue Rathaus (New Town Hall)

    by mindcrime Written Feb 6, 2013

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    New Town Hall (Neue Rathaus) is the most impressing building on Marienplatz. It was built between 1867 and 1908 in neo gothic style. Although it houses the administrative offices of the City Government you can visit its tower and have a panoramic view. It also houses the Touring Information if you need some free maps, leaflets and any help about the city.

    The Town Hall is famous for the mechanical clock (Glockenspiel) which is a carillon with 32 life-size figures that go round and dance with music for some minutes (about 15’) daily at 11.00 and 12.00 (summer in 17.00 too). It’s nothing special but tourists gather in front of the building to see the small figure parade and take pictures/video of it. The clock was created in 1908 and is divided in 2 levels that tell 2 different stories from Bavarian history, the first one a wedding of duke Wilhelm V and the second one the dance of coopers during 16th century to get rid of the plague!

    When you get bored with it start check the numerous statues of the façade, most of them are historical figures (kings, saints) or mythological ones (dragon included!). Or you can just walk through the arched entrance at the inner courtyard.

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    New Rathhaus clock-Glockenspiel

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 23, 2012

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    It is a wonder for 20 minutes that plays music and the "dancing" figurines rotate for a real show, with a story of the knight spearing the enemy, and folk and court figures moving in circular fashion.
    The clock goes on the hour at 11AM, 12 noon, and 5PM daily.
    Crowds congregate in the square, so get there early for the better picture setting; a magnificent show

    Rotating figures in the arena Close up view of the figures in pose
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    New Town Hall/RAthaus

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 23, 2012

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    This is where the famed clock-Glockenspiel is located, which plays the scene at 11AM, 12 noon, and 5PM. The rest of the building is for administrative offices of the Government, but there is a tower in the rear that can be accessed for a view of the area. It costs Euro 3 to enter, and you pay at the 4th level. This is also where the main Information center is located.
    While we were there this year, the west side was being renovated; and that process continues constantly. The tower is 79 meters, and the architecture style is Flemish Neo-Gothic, with construction between 1867 and 1909. The building contains 400 rooms, and is 91,000 square feet.

    View of the Gothich style Close up of the Glockenspiel and tower Crowds mass to see the clock activity
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    Munich's Old Town Hall

    by black_mimi99 Written Apr 27, 2012

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    Munich’s Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus), located on the east side of Marienplatz, is the original city hall building, dating back to the 14th century. In 1874, when the building became to small, Munich’s municipality moved into the New Town Hall on the other side of the square. Completely destroyed in World War II, the Old Town Hall has been rebuilt after original plans in neo-gothic style and now houses Munich’s toy museum, a collection of unique historic toys from Europe and the U.S.

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    New Town Hall

    by black_mimi99 Written Apr 27, 2012

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    The first thing you see when coming to Munich's Marienplatz is the impressive New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus); its over 300 feet long and elaborately decorated façade with hundreds of statues, turrets and arches dominates the whole square. Although it seems like the New Town Hall dates back to the middle Ages, the building was constructed between 1867 and 1909 in Flanders Gothic style. The New Town Hall is home to the city government, the Munich Tourism Office, and the restaurant “Ratskeller” on the ground floor of the building.

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    Rathaus tower

    by bonio Written Oct 19, 2011

    That's the tower of the town hall, a lift will take you to the viewing platform for just (10/2011) 2Euros 50. All the times I've visited Munich this was the first time up there for me.
    Good views of the city and surroundng areas.

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    New Town Hall

    by alectrevor Written Jun 11, 2011

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    The Neues Rathaus, [ new town hall ] is in Marienplatz . In the tower is a glockenspiel that plays 2 or 3 times a day. The building is festooned with statues and gargoyles. The tower has a free lift to 4 th floor, then to top from 4 th a charge of 1 euro 50. Great view but a bit windy.

    Neues Rathaus Glockenspiel view from top of tower Marienplatz from top of tower.

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    Neues Rathaus

    by slothtraveller Written May 20, 2011

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    The New Town Hall situated on Marienplatz is a stunning example of Gothic style architecture created by architect Georg von Hauberrisser. It is a grand building housing a restaurant and tourist information office.
    The main point of interest on the town hall is the Rathaus-Glockenspiel, a clock that charms the audience below with performances at 11am, 12 pm and 5pm in summer months. It is a very strange spectacle as everyone in the Marienplatz stops and looks up to see the stories unfold above!

    The New Town Hall The Glockenspiel isn't always covered in scaffold!
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    Neues Rathaus

    by mvtouring Updated Oct 1, 2010

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    One of the first things you will notice when you enter Marienplatz is the spires and towers of the Neues Rathaus. Definately a building that captured my attention, and even though I have spent quite a bit of time studying the building, I still have this feeling that I was not able to take it all in and have missed some details.

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    Neues Rathaus

    by mvtouring Written Sep 30, 2010

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    Dominating Marienplatz is the Neues Rathaus attracting millions of visitors to watch the Glockenspiel whose 43 bells play a 15 minute carillon at 11h00, 12h00 & 17h00. Whilst the bells are playing, 32 mechanical figurines re-enact the marriage of Duke Wilhelm V to Renate von Lothringen in 1568.

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    Neues Rathaus

    by June.b Written Jun 17, 2010

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    The New Townhall of Munich is located right at the Marienplatz. To be honest and my partial absurdity made me mistake it for a church, silly!

    Well, with it's very intricate gothic revival design and those statues and gargoyles who would have thought - I would.

    The tourist info center is just at the ground floor of the building and a big resto - Ratskeller.

    It's the first structure in the area that will definitely catch your attention, it's an icon isn't it?

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    Gothic Excess

    by nicolaitan Updated May 11, 2009

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    The New Town Hall faces and dominates Mareinplatz and houses the city offices, mayor's office, and a tourist centre. The basement is occupied by the huge Ratskeller restaurant. The rear faces the Marienhof Park. Under plans by a young architectural student, George von Hauberisser, this Gothic style construction replaced 24 demolished buildings and was built between 1867-74 to provide additional office space. By the time it was opened, it was already too small and additions including the tower and glockenspiel were addended over the next 30 years. The 280 foot tower is one of the Munich landscape's dominant features. Unfortunately, the red bricks of the first section clashed with the yellower bricks of the additions. To unify the architecture, statuary and other fripperies were added to the exterior - saints, bizarre creatures, and most importantly figures of the Wittelsbach family. The New Town Hall appears much older than the Old Town Hall because it miraculously avoided serious damage during WWII both external and internal.

    The Glockenspiel was shrouded by construction during our visit and we did not see the allegedly famous performances given several times a day honoring events from Munich's past including a royal wedding and a dance commemmorating the end of a plague.

    Of note - as one of the few major buildings to survive WWII bombing relatively intact, it housed the US Military Headquarters after WWII.

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