It's a bird, it's a plane . . . it's the Münchner Glockenspiel! We're all looking up in anticipation of the chiming and performance of the Glockenspiel in the tower of the city hall building in the Marienplatz in Munich. Kids love to watch this little show. It re-enacts two stories from the 16th century with 32 life-sized figures and 43 bells. The top half of the Glockenspiel tells the story of the wedding of Duke Wilhelm V and Renata of Lorraine, complete with a joust between knights on horseback. The lower half tells the story of the 1517 plague in Munich, where coopers danced in the streets to overcome the fears of the villagers. The dance now represents perseverance and loyalty to authority during difficult times.
The Glockenspiel in Munich chimes every day at 11:00 a.m., as well as 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the summertime. For a schedule of tunes it plays, and also to listen a bit, go to their website here.
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