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Glockenspiel am Rathausturm

Marienplatz, Munich, Bavaria, Germany
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Ranked #40 of 157 Attractions in Munich
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Owner description: The sound emanating from this collection of 43 bells can be heard throughout downtown Munich.
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Owner description: The sound emanating from this collection of 43 bells can be heard throughout downtown Munich.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

I'm sure it's impressive particularly given how old it is, however it's incredibly hard to see and hear. Cool to see, but it's not going to change your life.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

There are those reviewers here who clearly were less inspired by the Glockenspiel at Marienplatz then I was. This has always been a bucket list item for me, and one that I never anticipated seeing. During the Christmas market time I felt it to be spectacular, as it begins its action after the toning of the bells. Yes, I know... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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51 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

We purposely went to the Glockenspiel as we had heard it was spectacular, especially when the bells chimed. The bells were two minutes late at midday and then the action started. There are two rows of characters that turn with the chiming of the bells, then the famous cuckoo is supposed to do its thing. It flapped its wings twice... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

We just happened to be in Marienplatz at 11am, just before the clock chimed, and, quite frankly, it was a waste of time. The bells were lovely to listen to, but they went on for ages and we didn't need to be standing there staring up at it with the rest of the crowd. Of the two levels of the... More 

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Elgin, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

There aint much to it, it is a lovely building with Gothic architecture and is in the middle of a nice square, Centre of Munich. It is reccomended though to sit outside in one of the many cafe's and just enjoy the atmosphere (hot/cold weather). There are often street performers around the area that are highly entertaining! ive been numerous... More 

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Hethersett, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Watched the whole thing more than once especially love the two jousting knights where one is unhorsed by the other. Must have been amazing when it was first put up but it's still draws the crowd 3 times a day.

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Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Worth seeing if you're in Munich. Interesting given where it is and its age. Also it's a well-known attraction in Munich. Other than that, I personally didn't think a lot more of it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014 via mobile

The experience of hearing the bells ringing and figurines dancing will complete your personal experience of being in Munich. If your are fully relaxed then allow the sound of the ringing bells into your whole body to push out the old energy and refill with fresh and festive energy. You could try to follow where the sounds travel for a... More 

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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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26 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

When the Glockenspiel was installed in the New Town Hall in 1908 it might have been something vaguely interesting in terms of its technology. Nowadays it's a boring waste of time. People stand, stare, and wonder why they bothered. The newly installed bells are hideously out of tone and remarkably little happens. It's not even that old to warrant being... More 

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Garland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This was the first sight that caught our eye. It is truly amazing. We walked by on our way to the Hofbräuhaus. We had to stop and check it out. As beautiful as it is in the daylight, it's even more amazing when it's lit up at night.

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