The Glockenspiel

When I came to Europe the first time as a teenager, I wanted to see the gigantic Cuckoo Clock in Rothenburg. It is extremely touristy, but I didn’t care. Fifteen or so years later, I couldn’t wait to see the Glockenspiel in the heart of Munich! Also extremely touristy, the clock goes off at 11am and 12pm (as well as 5pm during the summertime).

We arrived in the Marienplatz just in time to hear the bells. As we came out of the S-bahn, the clock had just started the show. It is kind of hard to miss because there are probably a hundred other tourists looking up! Follow their direction, and you see the beautiful clock. The top part of the clock is a knight’s tournament in which the Bavarian knight wins. The lower part of the clock signifies a dance that was done in the street to announce that it was safe to come after the plague.


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    Next time you are at Marienplatz to see the Glockenspiel, turn around and look up. You will see Alter Peter’s Church steeple almost directly across from the Glockenspiel. Walk down the small street to get to the back of the church. For a few euros you can climb the old wooden church steps (I forget how many there were, because of course my kids counted them) all the way to the top of the steeple where you can get a great view of the Glockenspiel and a 360 view of Munich and the surrounding areas.