Neues Rathaus - New Town Hall, Munich

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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 !

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    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.

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    Glockenspiel.

    by smschley Updated Mar 19, 2005

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    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.

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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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    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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    New Townhall / Neues Rathaus

    by globetrott Written Aug 24, 2004

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    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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  • New Town Hall

    by sabsi Updated Oct 3, 2004

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    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 ;-)

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    the innercourt of the Townhall

    by globetrott Written Sep 2, 2004

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    the innercourt of the new 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 NEW TOWN HALL

    by Hosell Written Apr 2, 2005

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    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!.

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    The dragon on the New townhall

    by globetrott Written Sep 2, 2004

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    a dragon on the 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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    by diageva Written Feb 10, 2004

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    Neues Rathaus Carillon

    The "New" Town Hall is a incredible building at the most important square of Munich ... Marienplatz of about one century ... The facade its ... wonderful ... full of ....sculturs and gargoyles.
    At the center of the it you can see a green part ... where you can see figures ... a carillon ... that works 3 times a day ... at 11, 12 and 17h ... a big clock with figures of natural sizes that represent a part of Munich history ... tens of tourists are concentrated there to see the carillon at the hours in which it works ... what I used to do was to look at the tourist faces .. its funny see how their faces smiles at any movements or clocks of the carillon.

    A MUST DO ... is to get up the tower of the Town Hall for the magnificant view you have from there .... in clear days you can see the mountains (this tower have lift ... not as Peterkirche)

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    Neues Rathaus (New City Hall)

    by dcwizard Written Feb 26, 2004

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    Neues Rathaus and Glockenspiel

    The Neues Rathaus (New City Hall) dominates the northern side of the Marienplatz. It was built in stages in the late 19th Century, starting with the neo-gothic brick and sandstone section along Dienerstrasse, then the limestone façade which moves toward Weinstrasse and is in the style of Flemish city halls. You could spend hours studying all of the figures of the Guelf and Wittelsbach rulers which ornament the building. Take time to see the beautiful inner main courtyard.

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    New town hall at the Marienplatz

    by chancay Written Oct 5, 2004

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    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.

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    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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    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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