Neues Rathaus - New Town Hall, Munich

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    New town hall (Neues Rathaus)

    by gigina Written Aug 31, 2008

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    Built 1867 - 1909 in Flanders Gothic style; its facade, over 300 feet in length, features strikingly elaborate stone ornamentation. Its 260-foot tower with carillon is, with St. Peter's Church and the twin towers of the Cathedral, one of the most distinctive features of the city's skyline.

    The town hall’s tower harbors the world famous carillon, which has existed since 1908. The figures of the carillon show parts of Munich’s history. A joust is displayed in the upper part which was arranged for the marriage of duke Wilhelm V. and Renata of Lothringen.

    The lower part of the carillon shows a famous dance of Munich, the “Schäfflertanz”. It was arranged at the time of the plague (1515-1517) and has since been traditionally performed every 7th year in Munich.

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    See the Building and the Show

    by hquittner Written Aug 2, 2008

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    The Neues Rathaus was built in successive sections with the western half (the one with the tower) finished in limestone in 1892. Its main front faces the Marienplatz. The large Carillon is accompanied by 3 levels of automated figures dancing, jousting on horseback, parading, striking bells and crowing in concert with the music. This occurs at least twice a day (the schedule varies with the time of year, but always includes 11AM) and is probably seen by every visitor to Munich. (There is also a lift inside the tower (fee) with a view of the surrounding area; we have been told that the view at the Peterskirche is better but have seen neither). The interior is for business and is off limits, but the courtyard allows one to see the fine stonework which had to be restored after WWII. (Clue: The new work is finer than the old).

    The West Front and Tower Looking Up at Tower from Courtyard Jousters About to Strike/ Dancers Below Celebratory Parade/ Dancers Below Bell Ringer and Rooster (Top Level)

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    Glockenspiel

    by flyingscot4 Updated Nov 11, 2007

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    A few times each day, tourists flock to the "Glockenspiel" because that is what you do when you go to Munich. It's a good place to start because everything gets better from there. Essentially, the story goes like this. There are two different part to the carillon. The upper part signifies a joust between knights in honor and celebration of a duke's wedding. The riders circle each other and on the third revolution the blue knight unseats the red knight (all done in living color and to music).

    The lower act is called "the Dance of the Coopers," who revolve and gyrate in celebration of the end of the plague. The whole thing takes between fifteen and twenty minutes.

    Photo 1 Waiting for the start of the joust.
    Photo 2 The heroes on their horses
    Photo 3 The unseating
    Photo 4 The exciting "Cooper's Dance"
    Photo 5 Enthralled spectators

    Actually, the spectacle is fun to watch as long as you watch your fellow tourists too.

    Holding our breath for the start The blue knight has struck! The red knight is vanquished! The exhillerating The spellbound audience

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    Neues Rathaus.

    by chiara76 Written Sep 25, 2007

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    It is neo-gothic building from 1867-1909 years. Its front elevation is very rich with the details. There is also a tower with the clock with the machinery. You can see the dancing and playing figures at 11 a.m , 12.00 a.m and 5 p.m. on this clock.

    Neues Rathaus. Munich. Neues Rathaus. Munich. The machinery of clock from Neues Rathaus.
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    Neues Rathaus

    by culgharper Written Sep 9, 2007

    The New Town Hall or Neues Rathaus is a huge building in Marienplatz square with six courtyards. We didn't tour it but it was cool to look at the architecture of this highly decorated 19th century building. The facade has many sculptures and also has the fourth largest chiming clock in Europe on it. It is near many other attractions, shops and restaurants. WOrth the visit.

    Neues Rathaus Chiming Clock Courtyard entrance
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    Neues Rathaus

    by Kajser-MK Written Aug 18, 2007

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    Located in the old City This is Gothic monument and it is most recognizible monument in Marienplatz.
    As I read it took 42 years to complete it , and in the first time it was a little controversial since many Munichers find that it is too tall (85 meters) even that the tower will might eclipse the majestic silhouete of the Catedral . It is a pitty we haven't made it to the top, since locals say that there are fantastic panoramic views fro there.

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    Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall)

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Jul 6, 2007

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    The most famous landmark of Munich next to the Frauenkirche, dominating the Marienplatz, looks like it came right from the High Middle Ages ... yet it was built in the 19th century and only finished in 1919. This so-called "pseudo-historical" architecture was very popular then. The real Old Town Hall is only a few metres apart.

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    Glockenspiel

    by sylina Written Nov 2, 2006

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    Here you see one symbol of munich. Neues Rathaus with the glockenspiel. People gathering at the square for the chime on 11am and 12. The figurines circle around with a harmonious ring. On the side of Marienplatz is a nice foutain worth to stop for a while. There are many shops and fruitbooths around this area too. I acutally got a nice bracelet there which I am wearing right now. :) If you feel a bit tired after wandering around, there are many pavement cafes where you can enjoy watching ppl.

    neues rathaus Glockenspiel neues rathaus arches backyard
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    by doug48 Written Sep 26, 2006

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    the neues rathaus, (new town hall), is a beautiful neo-gothic building built between 1867 and 1908. the building is decorated with interesting sculptures and gargoyles. the most famous feature of this structure is the glockenspiel. mechanical figures represent the schafflertanz, (cooper's dance) which was performed in medieval times to ward off the plague. the glockenspiel operates at 11:00, noon, and 5:00 PM daily. an interesting historical note, the neues rathaus became the old rathaus in WWII. the altes rathaus (old city hall) was destroyed during the allied bombing of munich and was re-built after the war.so today the neues rathaus is the oldest in munich.

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    Neues Rathaus

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Apr 11, 2006

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    The central part of New Rathaus, that was constructed in three stages in 1867-1909 under direction of George Hauberisser, is the 85-meter tower. The building of the New Town hall is in style of Neo Gothic. A facade of the building with extent about 100 meters figures and decorate ornaments of the Bavarian dukes, princes, kings, allegories, legendary characters and sacred. Courtyards are arranged by an example of court yard of Gothic Castles.

    Munich - The Fasad of Neues Rathaus
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    Amazing Gothic Architecture

    by poons Updated Mar 10, 2006

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    Fantastic looking Gothic building - amazing amount of detail to look at. Building began in 1867.

    Has a really sweet Glockenspiel which chimes a few times a day.

    We hung around (over a beer of course) to catch the chimes at mid-day - haha was really cute but don't worry too much if you miss it ! It is not that spectacular.

    See pic. 2 to see the pure delight on the face of Rasmus !

    RatHaus Glockenspiel Post chimes-Rasmus couldn't hide his excitement
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    Glockenspiel

    by fishandchips Updated Feb 1, 2006

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    At 11am, 12 noon & 5pm every day in summer, this clock puts on a 20 minute show that, in my opinion, does get boring rather quickly. It has two separate acts which celebrate two events from Munich's past. The first lot (the colorful dancers) are doing the Schafflertanz, the dance of the coopers. This is in memory of the end of the plague in 1517. The 2nd "act" is jousting knights reenacting a famous tournament that was held for the royal wedding that took place in Marienplatz in 1568.

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    Rathaus

    by codrutz Updated Oct 31, 2005

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    Probably the most known place in Munich, where all city routes starts and ends. This is the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall), with it's clock which chimes and moves the statues every day at 11am and 5pm. Architect Georg Hauberrisser built the Town Hall between 1867 and 1909. The building reaches a height of about 100 meters.

    Rathaus (Town Hall)

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    Look up!

    by TempNomad Written Aug 4, 2005

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    We missed it. Not the Rathaus, that's hard to miss. But we missed the 5 PM show of the Glockenspiel. We also missed the morning shows. Darn! We did get to admire the Flemish Gothic style, however. Ah well.

    At the bottom of the Rathaus is the main tourism information center. Make sure to stop in for booklets or tickets for tours and concerts.

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    Neues Rathaus by night!

    by Roeffie Written Jun 15, 2005

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    Unfortunately I only have this picture by night, because of the fact that it was being restored at the moment I was there during the daytime.

    Architect Georg Hauberrisser built the Town hall between 1867 and 1909. The building reaches a hight of about 100 meters.

    The townhall is covered with statues of many Bavarian Dukes, Kings, and other aristocracy as well as some saints and mythical figures.

    Each day at 11.00 and 17.00 hrs. the bells of the carrillon play there songs.

    Neues Rathaus by night!

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