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Monday, September 2, 2019

The Glockenspiel

When the sun came out late Thursday afternoon after a day of clouds and light rain, I knew exactly where I wanted to go.  I headed to the city square, the Marienplatz, because at 5:00 P.M. the famous glockenspiel in the tower of the city hall performs.

Two times a day (three times a day in the summer) the figures on the tower put on a show which draws a large crowd of tourists on the plaza below.

The figures commemorate a royal wedding which took place in 1568.  You can see the couple seated toward the top.  Trumpeters and jesters come out, and a joust between knights is held to celebrate the event.  Then below them, a group of dancers merrily spin around.

My videos of the show are not the greatest.  It is slightly out of focus, and because I was zooming in on the figures, any movement of my hands is magnified.  However it gives you an idea of this popular tourist event.

After the glockenspiel, I looked for a place to eat.  On a narrow pedestrian street by the cathedral there were a number of restaurants with seating outside.  I chose one called Andechser am Dom ("am Dom" means by the cathedral).  The Andechser Brewery has been around since 1455.

I started with goulash soup.

For my main course I had chunks of veal in a creamy mushroom sauce with a side of spätzle.

For dessert I had apple strudel in cream sauce.

The food and the service were very good, and the atmosphere was delightful.


  1. I've seen many animated town clocks, but never one so complicated and with so many figures! Lunch looked good!

    1. Seeing the glockenspiel is definitely one of the "must-sees" for a visitor to Munich.