The Rathaus-Glockenspiel in Munich is a tourist attraction clock built in the Neues Rathaus in central Marienplatz square.
The marriage of the 16th century Duke, who was most famous for building the first brewery in Munich, is celebrated every day on the Marienplatz mechanical clock. In the 260-foot (80 m) tower, 43 bells and 32 life-sized figures come to action every day, reenacting two scenes from the history of Munich.
The upper part of the clock tells the story of Bavarian Duke Wilhelm V’s fantastically expensive and sumptuous marriage in 1568, with mechanical jousters representing Bavaria in a blue triumph over the knights of Lothingren in red. Thousands of revelers attended the original party for two weeks, the highlight being the Royal Joust, which took place on the Marienplatz where the clock is now located.
The glockenspiel was built in 1908 as part of the second half of construction on the Gothic-revival style New Town Hall, a comparatively recent addition to the ancient town square. Surprisingly, during the heavy bombardment during WWII, the building escaped major damage, leaving other buildings nearby heavily damaged.
A small golden bird chirps out from the top of the glockenspiel at the end of the show. The entire show has a duration of about 15 minutes. It is one of the main attracction in marienplatz and often attended by many tourists.