New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus)
Marienplatz 8, Munich, Germany
+49 89 23300
New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus) Munich Reviews
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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