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Glockenspiel am Rathausturm

Marienplatz, Munich, Bavaria, Germany
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Ranked #43 of 169 Attractions in Munich
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: The sound emanating from this collection of 43 bells can be heard throughout downtown Munich.
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343 reviews 343 reviews
66 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

You can't really miss the Glockenspiel when you go to Munich as you had to walk through Marienplatz to reach the very city center. There were so many people when we went that we could not see the whole thing but it was worth walking by anyway. Impressive architecture.

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Marlborough, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Munich is one of my favourite cities to visit any time of the year, although it's very special around Christmas, but the glockenspiel always attracts huge crowds all eagerly waiting to watch one of the performances ( 11am all year) and even after watching this many times, I still look up with the rest. The whole area around Marienplatz has... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

In the middle of busy Munich you can take a few minutes to stop in front of the old Rathaus at 11am am listen to the Glockenspiel bells toll. Then look to the tower where the animated characters move and spin to tell their stories of Kings, Queens, knights on horseback and jesters while the Glockenspiel chimes its music like... More

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Livingston, Montana
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5 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Ah, the Glockenspiel. A ten minute viewing in which the first five or so minutes consist of awkward bell ringing followed eventually by the the slow moving characters. The most impressive part of it all was seeing all the people in the area stop what they're doing and gather to watch. Overrated? I think so, but I'm not complaining. It... More

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Erlangen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

You can't come to Munich and NOT visit the Glockenspiel. At 11 am the figures in the clock dance to a song and it lasts for a few minutes. Trust me, this is something you can't miss!

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Naples, Florida
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Munich is busy, but stopping to see the Glockenspiel during the day is a fun tourist thing to do. If you take the elevator inside to travel to the inside of the spire you must pay a few euros. OK. But you must buy the ticket from a woman with absolutely no manners whatsoever who works behind the glass at... More

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Atlanta, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This is a must see while in Munich. I wouldn't say you'll be overwhelmed but there is nothing like this in the US so it's worth seeing. The mechanized show is entertaining and then you go have a beer at one of the many establishments within a 2 minute walk.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This is so underwhelming we now describe all other overrated occasions as a Glockenspiel Moment -( if you have small children they may find it interesting but really do yourself a favour take them to see the water fountain instead)

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Berlin, Maryland
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

It was great actually viewing the Glockenspiel with about 600 other tourists. Our students were very excited and took lots of photos. The area around the Glockenspiel was convenient for shopping and eating.

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Brisbane, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I had heard Munich's Glockenspiel had been rated the second most underwhelming attraction in Europe and now I know why! It it a nice building to see, but after about 5 minutes you'll be ready to move on!

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