One of the major tourist attractions of the city, the Rathaus-Glockenspiel lies in the center of Munich. This gem that dates from the early 20th century was a part of the construction of the New Town Hall. Every day, with clockwork precision, at 11 am, 12 noon, and at 5 pm, it replays back two stories that date back as far as the sixteenth century.

The total apparatus consists of 32 life sized figures and 43 bells. This attraction not only draws tourists by the flock, but even the locals love to view it. The entire contraption is housed in two different floors.

Munich Rathaus-Glockenspiel

Munich Rathaus-Glockenspiel

The top floor depicts the tale of the marriage of Duke Wilhelm V, founder of the world renowned Hofbräuhaus, with Renata of Lorraine. There is a mock joust between Bavarian and Lothringen knights, always won by the Bavarians.

The floor directly below depicts another story. A plague hit the town during the 16th century and all its citizens went into hiding. The barrel makers were the first to come out of hiding and prove that the plague was no longer there. This is known as the Schäfflerstanz or the Coopers’ dance. The enactment takes approximately 15 minutes.