The Glockenspiel at the Marienplatz is an attraction for tourists from all around the world. Situated in the heart of Munich, at the new town hall, you can witness the Glockenspiel every day at 11am and 12pm (also at 5pm during summertime from March until October).
The Glockenspiel re-enacts two stories of Munich’s 16th century and amuses its audience with 43 bells and 32 figures. The first scene shows the marriage of the Duke Willhelm V (founder of the famous Hofbräuhaus) and his wife. Right next to them is a tournament between two knights in which the Bavarian knight (white and blue) succeeds over his competitor from Lotheringen (red and white). The second scene shows the Schäfflertanz (coopers dance).
After a plague the coopers are said to have danced through the streets of Munich to amuse the fearful public in 1517.
The whole spectacle lasts between 12 to 15 minutes, depending on which scene is re-enacted. A small golden rooster chirps three times to mark the end of the show.