The New Town Hall: Viewpoint, architecture, glockenspiel and more
Fantastic view and a lot of city history
One of Munich's most impressive buildings, the New Town 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 Town Hall at a glance
- Where can you find it: Located in the very heart of Munich on Marienplatz, the New Town Hall can hardly be missed - not least because of its size.
- Year of construction and architecture: Completed in 1905, the New Town 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.
- The panoramic view from the observation tower
- The glockenspiel and the exterior facade show Munich's city history.
- The balcony of the New Town 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
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 Town Hall tower
The Town Hall Tower is open daily:
Monday to Sunday: 10.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.
The price for a booked time slot of 15 minutes on the tower is 6€. Tickets are available on site at the TouristInfo (different opening times) or have to be ordered online.
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.
Closed on: Jan. 1, Jan. 6, Shrove Tuesday, May 1, Nov. 1, Dec. 25, Dec. 26.
Exciting tours and exhibitions
Those who want to get exciting insights into the history and architecture of the New Town Hall should not miss the guided tours (currently only available in German!):
- When: Tours of Town Hall take place on Fridays at 6 p.m., Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., starting February 18th, 2022.
- Where: The meeting point is located at the Tourist Information in front of the City Hall at Marienplatz ten minutes before each tour.
- Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at the Tourist Information - online order is recommended. A ticket for the German-speaking tours costs 18 euros per person. The current dates for the next guided tours
- Also: Exhibitions are held regularly in the former cashier's hall, now called the Town Hall Gallery. Thematically, these are based on the city, its inhabitants and its history.
FC Bayern celebrates on the Town Hall balcony
The balcony of the New Town 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
The impressive façade of the New Town 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
Tourist information in Town Hall
There is one place that every visitor to Munich should visit at least once: The tourist information office in the New Town Hall. There you can find lots of interesting information about the city, tickets for events, free booklets, flyers - and a Town Hall brochure with lots of additional information that is well worth reading.
Accessibility in the New Town Hall
The following Town Hall rooms are accessible without barriers:
- Large meeting room
- Small meeting room
- Council drinking room
- Meeting room 209
- Meeting room 280