Posted by: danielfee | March 27, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 03-27-2012

Rathaus Glockenspiel - Munich, Germany

Glockenspiel

 The Rathaus-Glockenspiel of Munich is a popular tourist attraction on the Marienplatz, which dates from 1908. Located in the heart of Munich, every day at 11 a.m., plus in the summer at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m., it chimes and re-enacts two stories from the 16th century. It consists of 43 bells and 32 life-sized figures. The top half of the Glockenspiel tells the story of the marriage of the local Duke Wilhelm V to Renata of  Lorraine. In honour of the happy couple there is a joust with life-sized knights on horseback representing Bavaria (in white and blue) and Lothringen (in red and white). The Bavarian knight wins the joust every time of course. Then the bottom half of the Glockenspiel tells a second story: Schäfflertanz (the coopers’ dance). According to myth, 1517 was a year of plague in Munich. The coopers are said to have danced through the streets to “bring fresh vitality to fearful dispositions.”  The whole show lasts somewhere between 12 and 15 minutes long depending on which tune it plays that day. At the very end of the show, a very small golden bird at the top of the Glockenspiel chirps three times, marking the end of the spectacle.

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  1. What camera and fil do you use? I love the colours!

    • The camera was an old Cannon. This picture was from one of my older trips bank in 1995 and the film was Kodak 35mm. I had these old photo digitized so that might have cleaned up the colors.
      Dan

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