The Glockenspiel in the tower balcony of the Neues Rathaus is world famous and worth seeing. Since 1908, figurines representing stories from Munich’s history twirl on two levels daily at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. (the 5:00 p.m. show is omitted from November through February).
Marienplatz is the central square of Munich, its urban heart and the central point of the pedestrian zone. To the north is the magnificent neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus (“New Town Hall”), to the east the Altes Rathaus (“Old Town Hall”) and the passageway to Tal and the Viktualienmarkt (farmers’ market).
To the south, the square is bordered by stores, office buildings, and restaurants. The pedestrian zone opens to Kaufingerstraße towards the west, and ends at the Karlstor (gate) located at the square known by locals as Stachus.