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Glockenspiel im Rathausturm, Munich

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You'll find Glockenspiel im Rathausturm, a century-old glockenspiel and its animated wooden characters, mounted on the Neus Rathaus building. Watch it chime and re-enact stories from the 16th century, a lovely experience that lasts about 15 minutes. Admire the mechanism's intricate construction, consisting of 43 bells and 32 life-size characters. Make sure to stay until the golden rooster chirps, marking the end of the show. Take a look at our Munich itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Glockenspiel im Rathausturm and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • A few times a day, you get to relive a wedding festival, and a joust with accompanying bell music. A fun thing to see, with the crowd being large. Try to find a spot on a nearby rooftop, or near the S...  more »
  • Worth seeing, I would definitely recommend going on one of the new europe waking tours, they start at 10.45 and 2.30 every day at marienplatz, and give so much great context to the glockenspiel and th...  more »
  • The chimes play for quite a while before the movement begins. Don't give up! The show is charming as all get out. A real German treasure!  more »
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  • Interesting to see the clock motion. Very pretty architecture of the "new" town hall. He clock movement try to tell a story. Fun thing to do.
  • Not much to to Marienplatz Square except for the Glockenspiel which put on a mechanical show which includes two knights jousting at 11:00 and 5:00. It's pretty much a tourist destination and is good for people watching while sipping on a beer.
  • .....Absolute Must visit when in Munich! Its definitely worth the wait, we were with a Tour group that knows the times so we got here before the rush! Its noteworthy to see that this very old piece of working equipment is well maintained and taken care for.......A Must visit when in the area!!...
  • The clocktower is amazing, the figures dancing is also pleasant to see. The square will get really crowded right before the shows (11am, 12pm & 5pm)
  • Absolute tourist thing to do. Shows at 11 and 12. Stand against the back wall of shops to save straining your neck for so long. Don't bother recording it, just enjoy it in the moment as people clap and cheer. Stay until after the bell toll for the final animation!

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The St. Paul district is the site of Munich's yearly Oktoberfest and offers easy access to the city center. You may be able to find accommodation deals in the Am Schlachthof district, which is populated with small businesses and artists. Glockenbachviertel is the center of the city's nightlife with bars, clubs, and restaurants lining the streets. In contrast, Am alten Südfriedhof is a quiet residential district.
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