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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
The New Rathaus (town hall) is in the heart of the pedestrian district in the old town. Built in the late 1800s, with its neo-Gothic façade it pretty much stands out against the many shops in the area. The façade has 40 statues of figures from Bavarian history and legend (kings, saints, mythological) including a complete equestrian statue that sticks out from the side of the façade. On the left corner of the New Rathaus is a unique dragon climbing up the building. I remembered him from my first trip to Munich and hoped to get a good photo this trip, but renovations made that impossible since scaffolding was blocking the dragon.
In the very center of the façade is the clock tower that stands 260 feet high and is the home of the Glockenspiel, in which mechanical characters reenact a jousting tournament from a wedding celebration and men dance to rid the city of the plague.
We thought after seeing how crowded the Marienplatz was in the evening that we would come early in the morning to get photos when there were no crowds. I guess many others had the same idea as us because there were still lots of people in the morning as well!
At the bottom of the clock tower is an arched entrance to the central courtyard of the New Rathaus. This was interesting to see the older interior (and not so Gothic looking). On the walls leading to the courtyard were interesting plaques of different events or historical periods. It is free to walk through this area and look at everything. There are tours you can take of the clock tower and the entrance is in this area – it costs €2 to take the elevator up (daily from May-October, and weekdays only the rest of the year).
The New Rathaus was not destroyed during the bombings in World War II and was used as headquarters for the US forces in 1945.
Later in the day, we looked our watches and noticed that we were nearby and it was Glockenspiel time. So we joined the thousands of people in the Marienplatz to watch the show, which lasted about five minutes. It started off very slow, but then it livened up and we enjoyed the joust the best.
You can also get a good view of the New Rathaus from the top of the tower in St. Peter’s Church. After it was too late, we thought it might be a neat place to watch the Glockenspiel show.
The Glockenspiel (which means carillon or bells) is in the center of the clock tower of Munich’s New Rathaus, added to the building in 1908. Famous for its twice daily shows (three times in the summer) of two events in Munich’s history: on the upper level, mechanical knights celebrate a royal wedding with a jousting tournament – root for your favorite knight (but remember that the Bavarian colors are blue and white!); and just below the jousting are coopers, or barrel makers, doing a celebratory dance for the ending of the plague.
There are 32 life-sized mechanical figures that participate in the Glockenspiel’s shows – easily seen from the Marienplatz below. When we watched the show, the square was filled with several thousand people watching (and this was low season for tourists).
You know it is time when the bells begin to play. At first, we stood there listening and nothing was happened – and we were beginning to wonder if this was all there was. And then the joust began and the dancers celebrated. When it was all over, the bells played some more before it was all over. The entire show lasted about five minutes.
If you won’t be in Munich to see the Glockenspiel, you can watch the show on this YouTube video and hear the bells play.
Daily at 11:00 am and noon all year long with a third show at 5:00 pm from May to October.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.