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The Carillon of Munich’s Neues Rathaus

Carillon of Munich's Neues Rathaus
Carillon of Munich's Neues Rathaus - picture © Geneviève Dodin

One of Munich's most beloved oddities is the "Glockenspiel", or carillon, on the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) which was finished building at the beginning of the 20th century.

At 11am and midday (and 5pm from March to October) the Munich Glockenspiel recounts a royal wedding and a jousting tournament on the top level, and a ritualistic Barrel Makers’ dance on the lower level, known as the “Schäfflertanz”. The show lasts about 15 minutes and concludes with the golden bird up the top emerging and chirping three times. Different tunes are played on the clock’s 43 bells.

There’s also a mini-show at 9pm, when two figures appear from the bays below the clock face. On one side the Angel of Peace blesses the Münchner Kindl, Munich’s child-monk mascot. On the other side a nightwatchman sounds the city curfew on his horn.

Learn more: www.muenchen.de/ (in German)
Watch the carillon: www.youtube.com/