New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus)
Marienplatz 8, Munich, Germany
+49 89 23300
New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus) Munich Reviews
Up, up, for the view Feb 26, 2017
Munich’s Marienplatz is famous, maybe even the most popular attraction for visitors in town. People flock here for the famous Glockenspiel, use it as a meeting point, visit the tourist office or start walking or sightseeing tours from here.
For me it holds a special treat for visitors: the view from the top of the town hall tower.
Two elevators bring visitors to the viewing platform in 85 metres. When the weather is good, the views are excellent, even the Alps can be seen then.
Up there, be careful though. No, it is well secured; no one can fall from the top. But the circuit is rather narrow and it is difficult to move around with larger daypacks. Four oriels (?) at each corner make it possible to give way though. Each viewing side has little plates with the buildings and attractions one can see from that position.
So how to get up? In the main archway into the courtyard are a few steps to the left hand side leading to the first elevator. Take this elevator and once you get off, follow the signs to the cash desk and the second elevator.
Fees (as of August 2016): 2,50 Euro for adults, 1 Euro for kids from 6 – 18 years, kids younger than 6 years are free.
Open: in winter/October 1st – April 30th: Monday – Friday: 10:00 – 17:00;
In summer/May 1st – September 30th: Monday to Sunday, including public holidays 10:00 – 19:00.
During Christmas Markets the summer opening hours apply. This must be extra special: watching the market going on in the evening!
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Review for glockenspiel and top of tower Mar 05, 2010
Located on the Marienplatz in Munich, the New Town Hall is a place that cannot be missed, being one of (if not) the largest building in the Old Town area.
Also known as Neues Rathaus, it was built as the new city hall, as Munich grew in size. Construction started in 1864, and finished in 1874, when the city’s offices moved to the new place from the Old Town Hall. Built in the Gothic Revival style, the architecture is not the only reason to visit this place.
You can enter the courtyard, and just admire more of the building. And that is also where the entrance to the ticket office and elevator are located, to go to the top for really nice views of Munich. Not only the Old Town area, but on a good day, you may be able to see the Alps in the distance. The viewing area or deck can be cramped, and exposed to the elements. This could be an issue during extreme weather. But still, very much worth it!
And in the front of one of the spires, is a glockenspiel, which is a little show of figures that go off at certain times of the day. Normally at 11am, 12 noon, and sometimes 5pm (depending on the season). The show starts with the 1st part, which has some dancers going around, during the 1568 wedding of Duke William V and Renata of Lorraine. Followed by 2nd part, a knight joust. Really nice to see, even if very touristy.
The glockenspiel show is definitely one of those things that has to be seen once, then decide whether it was worth it or waste of time. And the trip to the top of one of the towers? If have enough time, I’d say, definitely worth doing!
Part of the Germany 2010 travel blog
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