The New City Hall: Viewpoint, architecure, glockenspiel and more

Das Münchner Rathaus in der Sonne

Fantastic view and a lot of city history

One of Munich's most impressive buildings, the New City Hall (Neues Rathaus) on Marienplatz offers fantastic views of the city from its tower. Furthermore, the famous glockenspiel attracts huge crowds every day.

The New City Hall at a glance

  • Where can you find it: Located in the very heart of Munich on Marienplatz, the New City Hall can hardly be missed - not least because of its size.
  • Year of construction and architecture: Completed in 1905, the New City Hall was built in the then popular Neo-Gothic architectural style. The architect, Georg von Hauberrisser, submitted his design when he was only 25 years old.
  • Function as city hall: Over 600 city employees work in the 400 rooms of the building, which can be viewed not only from the outside. Many historic rooms are open to the public, and the mayor's office may also be visited on special occasions.

Highlights:

  • The panoramic view from the observation tower
  • The glockenspiel and the exterior facade show Munich's city history.
  • The balcony of the New City Hall is Munich's most popular place for sports teams to celebrate winning a title. FC Bayern, for example, has been a regular guest in recent years, turning Marienplatz into a giant party zone.

The Glockenspiel - Munich City History

Impressionen vom Münchner Marienplatz, Foto: muenchen.de/Leonie Liebich
Foto: muenchen.de/Leonie Liebich

A well-known spectacle that no one should miss: Every day at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. - plus at 5 p.m. from March to Oktober - the glockenspiel in the tower of the city hall causes big crowds at Marienplatz.

  • It shows important scenes from Munich's history, like the wedding of Duke Wilhelm V to Renate of Lorraine in 1568.
  • But you also get to see the famous "Schäfflertanz" dance, celebrated by the barrel makers in order to lift the spirits of the people of Munich after a severe plague
  • Every evening at 9 p.m., the Münchner Kindl is put to bed to the music of Richard Wagner and Johannes Brahms - accompanied by a night watchman and the Angel of Peace.
  • Incidentally, the carillon is powered by solar energy and, with its 43 bells, is the fifth largest in Europe. In total, all the bells weigh about seven tons.

Viewing gallery in the City Hall tower

Please note: Due to the corona pandemic, the City Hall tower is closed at the moment.

For a small entrance fee, you can reach the the City Hall tower all year round, which offers an excellent view over Munich's old town. Unlike the tower of St. Peter's church (Alter Peter) just a few meters away, you don't have to climb any stairs to get there. Two elevators lead up to the viewing platform of the 85-meter-high tower.

  • Tower ascent:
    Opening hours as of 6.5.19:
    Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Sundays and public holidays: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Last ascent 15 minutes before closing.
    Short-term closures possible.
  • Entrance fees:
    4 € for adults
    3 € for pensioners, students and groups of 10 people or more
    1 € for young people up to 18 years. Admission is free for children under 6 years.
    Tickets are available at the tourist information office in the town hall.

Closed on: Jan. 1, Jan. 6, Shrove Tuesday, May 1, Nov. 1, Dec. 25, Dec. 26.

FC Bayern celebrates on the city hall balcony

Meisterfeier des FC Bayern auf dem Marienplatz., Foto: Michael Nagy / Presseamt München
Foto: Michael Nagy / Presseamt München

The balcony of the New City Hall is certainly Munich's most famous one - and that is mainly due to FC Bayern. The superstars of Germany's record soccer champions celebrate their successes here, and in recent years, they have had quite a few of those - for example, the legendary winning of the "treble" in 2013: German League, German cup and Champions League. Thousands of fans gather at Marienplatz to cheer on the team - and the players traditionally sing a football hit or two.

The exterior façade: figure play and history

Impressionen vom Münchner Marienplatz, Foto: muenchen.de/Leonie Liebich
Foto: muenchen.de/Leonie Liebich

The impressive façade of the New City Hall measures almost a hundred meters and shows many ornaments and interesting figures:

  • For example, you can find the city founder, Henry the Lion, plus many former rulers from the Wittelsbach dynasty
  • At the corner to Weinstraße, a mighty dragon reminds us of the threat posed by the plague
  • At the very top of the city hall, a statue of the city's symbol "Münchner Kindl" (Munich Child) enjoys a spectacular view of Munich

Exciting tours and exhibitions

Those who want to get exciting insights into the history and architecture of the New City Hall should not miss the guided tours on offer (currently not possible due to corona):

  • When: Tours of City Hall usually take place every Monday and Friday at 3:30 p.m., and Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. There are no tours on holidays.
  • Where: The meeting point is at the Tourist Information in front of the City Hall at Marienplatz.
  • Tickets: Tickets can also be purchased at the Tourist Information. For German-speaking tours, the ticket costs 10 euros per person, reduced rate 8 euros. Under 18s are free, but a ticket is still required.
  • Groups: Tours can also be booked by groups of up to 25 people. Group tours are offered in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian, among other languages. A group tour costs 135 euros.
  • Group tours can be booked by e-mail at tourismus.guides@muenchen.de.
  • Telephone information is available at 089/2 33-96555 (Mon - Fri).
  • Here you will find the current dates for the next guided tours
  • And that's not all: In the former cashier's hall, today called the town hall gallery, exhibitions take place regularly. Thematically, these are based on the city, its inhabitants and its history.

Tourist information in City Hall

There is one place that every visitor to Munich should visit at least once: The tourist information office in the New City Hall. There you can find lots of interesting information about the city, tickets for events, free booklets, flyers - and a City Hall brochure with lots of additional information that is well worth reading.

More information and opening times of the tourist information

Accessibility in the New City Hall

The following City Hall rooms are accessible without barriers:

  • Large meeting room
  • Small meeting room
  • Grütznerstube
  • Council drinking room
  • Meeting room 209
  • Meeting room 280

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