Friday, September 2, 2011

Photo Friday: It's a Bird, It's a Plane . . .

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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  1. Amazing!
    Loved your post and the photos.
    your blog is eye-candy.

    Visiting and following through the Friday "link up" and I hope you'll stop by and say hi!

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Waiting for it to come out - is so fun. :) Special moment. Love that you were able to catch it on camera!

    I want to follow you but GFC isn't!

    Happy weekend!

    <3-Cami from First Day of My Life

  3. I want to see this - on my bucket list for sure!


  4. We were just there 2 weeks ago! Also love going up St.. Peter's old church tower right across from the glockenspiel. Great view of Munich and the kids love climbing the old church tower.

  5. Love the Glockenspiel! All I've seen of Munich is the airport but now I know of at least one thing we need to do there if we ever get to spend some actual time.

  6. i love that first photo, where everyone is looking up!

  7. I was in München just a few days ago; didn't manage to catch the Münchner Glockenspiel, though! How great that your kids get such fun experiences!

  8. Gorgeous photos!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    ~your newest follower


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