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THE NEW TOWN HALL
The New Town Hall or Neues Rathaus,was built in 1,867 to 1,908.It is an impressive gothic builiding and is located at Marientplatz aswell.The building facade and belltower is just awesome,take a look inside the building also,.Sometimes there are some very good and interesting expositions inside,also has a small bar behind,and some public toilets.
If you are here,then don't miss the: Rathaus-Glockenspiel or Tower Clock,this is also another of most importants events in the city.You will see all small figures in motion of that clock everyday at 12 p.m and from May till October at 5 p.m. really it is awesome the movements and sounds of the clock.As you will see ,Marientplatz is crowded at this time,so go few minutes in advance if you want to see it well and can get a nice place to see it!.
At the famous Marienplatz in Munich, there is the famous Glockenspiel. It is located in the Neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus, which dominates Marienplatz. The Glockenspiel is over 100 years old, in 1904 it was placed in one of the towers of the nearly completed Neues Rathaus, or New City Hall.
If you happen to be in Marienplatz at the right time you are in for an amazing treat. The square will fill with the sound of the carillon in the Glockenspiel. It plays twice or three times a day, at 10:30am, noon, and 5pm. As the folk music chimes ring out, doors open and brightly hued mechanical figures of enameled copper emerge and begin to dance. The Glockenspiel has two separate acts which celebrate two events from Munich's past. The colorful dancers are doing the Schaefflertanz or Dance of the Coppers which commemorates the end of the plague in 1517. The other "act" is a miniature tournament of knights jousting. They are reenacting a famous tournament that was held for the royal weddings that took place in Marienplatz in 1568.
If you wait in long enough, you too can enjoy a spectacular view from an observation tower by taking an elevator to the top. An interesting bit of its history is that after World War II, Munich was in ruins. The figures of the Glockenspiel were battered and badly needed a new coat of paint. An American soldier donated some paint for the tattered figurines and was treated to a ride on one of the jouster's horses high above the happy crowd that had come to see the refurbished Glockenspiel. Not something I’m brave enough to do, but then I never fought in a war.
From the top of St. Peter's Church
At night, view from the top of the St. Peter's church close to the New Town Hall. The top terrace is very narrow and icey in the winter...it has just a bit over 300 steps, admission is about 3 euro you can have panoramic view of the city.
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This will be found on the tower of the Neuesrathous in the Marienplatz. The display comes to life on certain hours of the day. You will see dancing figures and a joust to commemorate events that took place hundreds of years ago. along with the animation of the figures, the sound of the chimes will fill the square. While this may not be the only Glockenspiel in Europe, it is perhaps the best one.
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Neo-gothic Town Hall
The Neues Rathaus (new town hall) takes over a fourth of Marienplatz. The building is large and impressive though is partially covered in soot (like many European monuments). At 11:00 AM (why 11, I have no idea) crowds gather to hear the glockenspiel and watch the mechanical puppets dance and act out a short play (which its been doing for a hundred years). Here's the problem: its way up high so it could be hard to see. Also, don't set your hopes too high, this is entertainment from 100 years ago. The whole thing lasts 12 minutes-ish, and as it proceeds, the crowd dwindles down. Periodically it will pause, which tricks onlookers to leave because they assume its over (and they are bored). Nonetheless, it impressive technology for the day, and the neo-gothic structure will definately make you look it over for a couple minutes.
New City Hall
Not as new as you would think by looking at its name, but from the 19th century. I have seen too many wonderful Belgian creations in this style to be thoroughly impressed by this one, but it is nevertheless nice. The courtyard housed the "Lion parade", a spin-off on the Cow parade, when we were there. You can also climb the tower for a city view. At 11.00 and noon, tourists crowd Marienplatz to look at its famous carillion.
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New town hall at the Marienplatz
the Marienplatz with all the buildings around is really impressive. There are the new and the old townhall...where the new town hall is definetly the most demanding building here, filling out one whole side of the plaza. The building was constructed in the 19th century.
New Town Hall
The Neo-Gothic town hall is definitely one of the most impressive buildings in Munich. It's located at Marienplatz and thousands of tourists have a look at it every day. Its hard to take nice pictures of big impressive buildings on small squares with tourists blocking the view though ;-)
the innercourt of the Townhall
It takes just a few extra minutes to walk into the main innercourt of the New townhall and have a look for the great open, neogothic staircase.
The whole building has 6 innercourts, but this is the most beautiful one the architect Hauberrisser built between 1867 and 1908.
In summer there is a garden-restaurant as well beeing totally in the shade, and even on a sunny day you may easily get a seat, as it is rather unknown by the tourists !
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The dragon on the New townhall
Take a closer look for the many great sculptures and gargoyles on the facade of the new townhall.
This great dragon, obviously trying to climb up the townhall might easily be overseen, but in my opinion it is a really great idea by the architect.
You may see it on the corner of Marienplatz and Weinstrasse ( leading towards Theatinerstrasse and Odeonsplatz)
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New Townhall / Neues Rathaus
The new townhall seems to be a gothic building, but in fact it was built between 1867 and 1908.
Make sure, you will not only see it from outside, but also walk into the innercourt with the great neo-gothic staircase and a nice garden-restaurant.
In the cellar of the townhall you will find one of the best restaurants of Munich - the "Rathauskeller"
The best place to take a pic of the new townhall is St.Peter church again !
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Anyone who knows anything about Munich knows about the "Glockenspiel", the playful clock that overlooks the pedestrian walkway from up high on the side of the Altes Rathaus (Old City Hall). When I first saw it, I was underwhelmed – I was an American student accustomed to high tech, of course. But the ritual of hundreds of people coming together to walk the figures as they make their slow rotation on the clock tower, makes the site a compelling one.
Please excuse the shadow at the bottom of the photo – I imagine that it was someone's head in front of me in the crowd ;-)
House of Rats
The Rathaus is one of those other stops along the way in Munich. The Rathaus is German for city hall, and like its name suggests, it's filled with hundreds of rats.
Just kidding! There's not much to do at the Rathaus, really, but stick around and wait until the clock tower strikes the hour for an hourly show!
The New Town Hall
If you are at the Marienplatz (Centre of Munich)
you have a great view to the New Town Hall
with its nice facade. There you find also the Tourist Information. Go there and take a map of munich (costs about 0,30 €). It gives you a good overview about munich.
Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall)
Unbelievable that this is the new Town Hall, isn't it? Looks older then the old one but it was only built between 1867 and 1909 in Neo-Gothic style. It is over 90 m (300 ft) in length and its the tower is around 79 m (260 ft) in height.
You can take an elevator to an observation point in the tower. Unfortunately the tower is closed in winter.
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