Glockenspiel in the New City Hall at Marienplatz: All you need to know
Glockenspiel in the New City Hall: music, background and history
The Glockenspiel in the New City Hall (Rathaus) tower at Marienplatz is world-famous. Here you can find out when to visit and what the dancing figures actually mean.
Glockenspiel in Munich: When and where you can see it
- Daily at 11am and 12 noon, the Glockenspiel starts in the tower of the New City Hall (Neues Rathaus) at Marienplatz, Munich.
- From March to October, it can be seen at 11 am and 12 pm as well as at 5 pm
- Four different pieces or songs can be heard. The program changes monthly.
What the figures show
The carillon in the City Hall tower shows two events from Munich's city history: First, the wedding of Duke Wilhelm V and Renate of Lorraine, celebrated in February 1568. In honor of the bride and groom, a jousting tournament took place on Marienplatz. The Bavarian knight triumphed over his opponent from Lorraine.
The lower floor shows the Schäffler dance. After a severe plague epidemic, the barrel makers are said to have been the first to venture out into the streets again, dancing to amuse the plague-stricken population.
More facts about the Glockenspiel on Marienplatz
- The Glockenspiel in the New City Hall consists of a total of 43 bells.
- It is powered by solar electricity.
- In 2007, it was refurbished, cleaned and retuned for the first time in almost 100 years.