Neues Rathaus - New Town Hall, Munich

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    Glockenspiel

    by mccalpin Written Aug 18, 2004

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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 ;-)

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    The New Town Hall

    by Tannenzaepflee Written May 20, 2004

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    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.

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    House of Rats

    by DirtyRudy Written Jul 12, 2004

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    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!

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    Rathaus

    by meteorologist1 Updated Aug 8, 2003

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    This is Munich's city hall. The structure is just incredibly magnificent. Observe the fine details in the design, and also observe those little figures inside -- and they dance too. Learn a little bit about Munich's history through the tunnel in the Rathaus.

    A great photograph spot. It is another symbol of Munich.

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    Neues Rathaus

    by dinhyen Updated Jul 14, 2003

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    Neuhauserstrasse and Kaufingerstrasse form one continuous strip leading from Karlsplatz through the center of the Old Town. The streets have been turned into a gigantic pedestrian zone. Even in June, it's packed with locals and tourists alike. One can only imagine what it must be like during the real festivals. The vast square in front of the Neues Rathaus is the center of activities. While we were there, a stage was set up for an outdoor concert/talent show complete with opera and mainstream pop. Needless to say it was packed elbow to elbow (sometimes elbow to chest as Germans are very tall ;)

    The superbly neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus looms over the square. On its facade is the famous Glockenspiel.

    Unfortunately we didn't have much time so we confined our tour of Munich to this area. Like every other place we visited on this trip, we'll have to return another time..

    The Neues Rathaus

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    the Neues Rathaus (New City Hall)

    by d_d Written Jul 19, 2003

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    On the north side of Marienplatz is the Neues Rathaus (New City Hall) built in 19th-century Gothic style.
    Each day at 10:30am, and also at noon and 5pm in the summer, the Glockenspiel on the facade stages an elaborate performance, including a miniature tournament, with enameled copper figures moving in and out of the archways.
    Nice statues on the walls are a mix between a geko and a bat.
    It's possible to climb the 55 steps to the top of its tower (an elevator is available) for a good overall view of the city center.

    geko+bat?

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    Neues Rathaus - New Town Hall

    by Janni67 Updated Nov 3, 2003

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    New Town Hall is one of the most impressive buildings in Munich. Built between 1867 - 1909 in Flanders Gothic style. I'd say this is the older one but... no.

    In the photo on the left side you can see The Glockenspiel which plays a few times a day, with music and dancers & soldiers. Timetables seem to vary from summer to winter so better check out before you go.

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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 arlequin_g Updated May 1, 2003

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    It's easy to find. When you'll see lots of tourists looking up, that's where it is. The most important place in Marienplatz, and Munich, particularly for the clock. At 11h and at 17h it's the magic time. That's when the figures begin to move to the music of the clock.
    You can also go up to the tower to have a great view of the city. That's 2 Euros. If you don't like going up stairs you have no excuse, there's elevator.

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    Neo-gothic Town Hall

    by 15ilikestuff Written Jan 6, 2005

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    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.

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    Neues Rathaus

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 21, 2015

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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.

    You can watch my 2 min 52 sec Video Munchen Marienplaz out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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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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    "Neues Rathaus"

    by TinyTuck Updated Nov 23, 2002

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    The "Neues Rathaus" (new city hall) is from 1908 and of New Gothic style. On its tower there is a "Glockenspiel" (carillon) with figures every day at 11 a.m. (From May till Oct aditionally at 12 a.m., 5 p.m., and 9 p.m.)
    You can also get up on the tower for a nice view over Munich.

    Marienplatz and New City Hall

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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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    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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