8 Marienplatz, Munich, Germany
Munich Glockenspiel Reviews
Glockenspiel May 06, 2013
The Glockenspeil is a peal of bells and mechanical clock in Munich, in the town hall. Although it looks ancient, it is actually from about 1908, but it depicts a much older set of traditions.
There are, according to wikipedia, 43 bells to play a tune, and the tune changes from time to time. The clock chimes at 11am, and 12pm and 5pm in summer. Whilst the tune plays, there is a little play acted out by some life sized mechanical figures. First, there is a wedding scene from a duke, apparently quite a popular one. At his wedding, there was a joust, and the Bavarian knight won, and wins every day. Then there is a depiction of the Cooper's Dance, which is less exciting because no mechanical knights get killed.
The glockenspiel is pretty special. It's a free attraction on the square and it's well worth seeing once. Watch your bag - large gatherings often attract pickpockets - but you should see it if you're in town.
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