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Glockenspiel am Rathausturm

Marienplatz, Munich, Bavaria, Germany
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Ranked #36 of 172 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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Abilene, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Fun to hear all the bells and watch the dancing characters. You can't miss this impressive structure rising from the Marienplatz. A large crown gathers about 30 minutes prior to the time the clock starts its show. It is a great place to grab some lunch or coffee and enjoy the spectacle of this old monument. This will truly bring... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Even as a tourist attration It got some interest. The story in itself is. Think about it, there is 43 bells and 32 life-sized figures. The top half of the Glockenspiel tells you about the marriage of the local Duke to Renata.... You have also life-sized knights on horseback representing Bavaria (who always win of course),and Lothringen.

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Emmaus, PA
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15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The cost is fantastic-there is none, but the show lasts only about 8 minutes. It is a "must see" in Munich. 11:00 every day, also 12;00 and 17:00 in the summer and through Oktoberfeat.. The crowd gathers about 10:30 or so and waits. It is "cute" and historic, with the jousting Knight show and the dance of the Coopers. The... More

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Grantham, United Kingdom
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

If you are visiting Munich, one place you will want to see is the Town Hall and its famous automaton figures that dance on the hour. Best place to do that is from the Glockenspiel Restaurant while enjoying a very good breakfast. My wife and niece had a 'for two' meal that was more than ample - not cheap but... More

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Hong Kong
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The glockenspiel at Marienplatz is a really lovely monument. Every day at 11am (and 12 and 17:00 in summer) crowds gather to watch the quaint figurines in the tower perform their routine. A historic and child-like attraction that you can't help but smile when watching.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We had a few days in Munich and spent an afternoon wandering around and saw the Glockenspiel performance. Yes, it's touristy and yes, the locals glare at you while you watch the characters "dance" but it's fun and free. The Glockenspiel isn't the only thing to see - the Rathaus has a restaurant that we wished we had stopped at,... More

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 via mobile

The Glockenspiel is refreshing in its quaintness. It was a pleasure to look up and enjoy the magical moments. Do not rush out of the Marienplatz after viewing. Relax, walk around the square, enjoy the food, the beauty of the buildings, and the atmosphere of this section of Munich.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

The square outside the Town Hall becomes super crowded as the time arrives to watch the performance. As far as I know, it occurs twice in a day and changes throughout the seasons of the year! You should definitely not miss seeing it, worth seeing it at least once!

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Hossegor, France
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

After all I'd heard about the Glockenspiel Clock I was expecting big things. It was a bit disappointing. I'd appreciate it more for the history than the actual "show" of the bells and the characters, which was the part I was looking most forward to. It is still a cool display but don't set the bar too high. Also be... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

On my first trip to Munich, seeing the Rathaus and Glockenspiel were at the top of my list. Unfortunately we weren't in the Marienplatz at the right time to see it in action as we were on the way to Oktoberfest. This visit, I was determined to see and hear it and the timing worked out perfectly. Although it wasn't... More

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