Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Germany  /  Bavaria  /  Upper Bavaria  /  Munich  /  Sightseeing  /  Glockenspiel im Rathausturm
Glockenspiel im Rathausturm, Munich
(4.3/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web)
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.
Create a full Munich itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Munich

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Munich by other users

5 days in Germany BY A USER FROM INDIA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 36 days in Germany BY A USER FROM INDIA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Munich BY A USER FROM UKRAINE December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in Central Europe BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA April, culture, relaxing, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Germany BY A USER FROM INDIA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Germany BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in Germany & Prague BY A USER FROM TAIWAN February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 39 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 31 days in Europe BY A USER FROM VENEZUELA September, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Germany BY A USER FROM MEXICO November, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Munich BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 19 days in Washington State & Central Europe BY A USER FROM KENYA February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Yeah, it's neat, but is it worth standing a crowd with several hundred of your closet tourist friends to get a neck cramp to watch a bunch of wooden statues go in a circle? 
  • It's nice to see, it takes about 5 minutes. All the people pile up to see from the carillon plaza, 11 o'clock in the morning and the midday; I think that you afternoon also in a few months. The top level shows a tournament held in 1568 by the wedding of Guillermo V and Renata of Lorraine, and the lower the dance of the Coopers who celebrate the end of the epidemic of the plague that struck the city between 1515 and 1517.
    View original
  • The Clock tower has several life size puppets that tell 2 stories of Munich history. This must see spectacle can be seen at 11am local time every day, and 12 noon & 5pm during summer months, the show ...  more »
Google
  • Does this area get crowded well before 11am and 12noon? Yes. Is it mainly tourists and gawkers? Again yes. Is it worth it? Definitely! Make sure you check the time that it's been going off, as I've heard it sometimes changes with the seasons, and will go off twice in a day, other times its just at 11am. I highly suggest doing the Free Tour that meets and leaves from here, or at least have someone that knows whats going on tell you about it. The music and the bells are gorgeous in themselves. But what really gets you is the story going on in the little windows. And they are literal stories. There's a knight joust, and a party, and all sorts of different weird things, that all have a place in Bavarian history! It really helps to truly bring it alive if you know a little bit of the backstory, but even if you don't its amazing to see.
  • Absolutely stunning building at photograph at anytime in the day. My wife and I went quite late at night to avoid the big crowds in the day, that's btw the best time to go if you want to take some nice photos without having hundreds of people in your photos. Amazing views, must visit!!!
  • At 11,12 and 5 the figures begin to dance. The top half is about the marriage of Duke Wilhelm V and a jousting match. The bottom half is the Cooper's dance to show the citizens that the plague was over. Apparently it's the 3rd most underwhelming tourist attraction. If you think about the time that it was made in, it's nice for the time.
  • It replicate the traditional Schäfflertanz introduced in 1517 during a big plague epidemic. As a tourist you should have a look at it at 12 O'clock. Often very crowded, especially in the summer time
  • Beautiful places, best enjoyed during week to avoid tourist crowd