The New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus), Marienplatz, is one of Munich's most impressive structures, offers breathtaking city views from its tower.
The New Town Hall was constructed in the 19th century, a time of great prosperity for Munich. The need for additional government offices led to the construction of the Neues Rathaus between 1867 and 1908.
The gables are adorned with turrets and a grand clock tower home to a famous Glockenspiel towers above it all.
Officially, the Lord Mayor of Munich works hard to benefit the populace at the Neues Rathaus. The building also serves other purposes; in the ground-floor arcade, there are shops and a tourist information centre.
Neues Rathaus is an imposing Neo-Gothic structure that stretches over 100 meters (328 feet) along Marienplatz and is topped by the Rathausturm, an 85-meter-tall (278-foot) tower. The façade has intricate carvings that depict local folklore, religious tales, and the founders of Munich.
A large arcade with a grand arch sits beneath its elaborate façade.
On the upper levels, statues abound; kings, dukes, and prince-electors compete for attention with dragons, gargoyles, and beggars.
The roofs are adorned with turrets and a grand clock tower home to a famous Glockenspiel tower above it all.
For instance, you can find Henry the Lion, the city's founder, as well as numerous former members of the Wittelsbach dynasty.
A powerful dragon at the intersection with Weinstraße serves as a reminder of the danger the plague poses.
A statue of 'Münchner Kindl,' the city's emblem, enjoys a stunning view of Munich at the very top of the city hall.
New Town Hall's balcony is where sports teams most frequently gather in Munich to celebrate championship wins. Tens of thousands of supporters show up to support the team, and the players frequently sing a few football songs.
Every night at nine o'clock, the Glockenspiel plays 'Meistersinger von Nürnberg' by Richard Wagner and 'Lullaby' by Johannes Brahms to lull the Münchner Kindl, the representation of Munich, to sleep.
Depending on the song played that day, the length of the entire show ranges from 12 to 15 minutes. The show ends when the small golden rooster perched atop the glockenspiel quietly crows three times.
Every seven years, the real coopers of the city perform this dance to commemorate the end of the plague that ravaged Munich in the 15th and 16th centuries. A tiny statue of the Münchener Kindl, the city's monk-child emblem, is perched at the very top of the 85-meter tower.
The Ratskeller, a traditional eatery where you can try typical Bavarian fare, is located in the central courtyards.
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