Greetings from … Munich

Marienplatz Munich

Marienplatz in Munich, New City Hall, © Cloudy_Wings

This is Marienplatz, the central square in Munich and the beginning of the pedestrian area. On the right side you can see one of four putti that surround the base of the statue of Virgin Mary. This one slays a dragon that represents hunger. In the middle is the tower of the New City Hall, which was finished in 1909. The Glockenspiel on the tower plays daily at noon, with the figures turning and dancing. They show two scenes from Munich’s history: The top shows a tourney held for the wedding of Duke Wilhelm V. and Renata of Lothringen in 1568, the bottom shows the Schäfflertanz in memory of the Plague from 1515 to 1517. Though my favourite part has always been the rooster on top, which crows after the music stops. The 85-meter-high tower can be ascended and gives views across the roofs of the city and as far as the Alps on a nice day.

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