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The highlight of Munich's Neues Rathaus on Marienplatz, the Glockenspiel is an elaborate mechanized set up dating back to 1908.
The highlight of Munich's Neues Rathaus on Marienplatz, the Glockenspiel is an elaborate mechanized set up dating back to 1908. It comprises 43 bells and 32 figures which present the decadent wedding of Bavarian Duke and founder of the Hofbräu brewery Wilhelm V to Renata of Lorraine in 1568, and the Schäfflertanz (the coopers' dance). The upper half which showcases the wedding exhibits a joust with a Bavarian knight on horseback overpowering a Lothringen, while 18 figures dance around the couple. The lower half presents the festive dance of the coopers through the streets of Munich in 1517 to commemorate the end of the plague. At the end of it all, a golden rooster at the top of the Glockenspiel chirps thrice. The spectacle takes place daily at 11 am (also 12 pm and 5 pm in summer) for 12 - 15 minutes depending on the tune being played that day.
Marienplatz 28, Munich, Germany
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The Mariensäule in Munich is a Marian column erected in 1638 to commemorate the end of Swedish occupation during the Thirty Years' War
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