On our second evening in Munich, we returned to the old town and let our curiosity guide us. We walked along old, cobblestone streets and popped our heads in some mightily impressive historic buildings. We enjoyed some local beers in Munich’s sunny marketplace biergarten and ate our fill of wurst.
We also made sure to see what might be considered the crown jewel of Munich’s old town: the Rathaus Glockenspiel. This enormous cuckoo clock dates back to the early 1900s and stands at about two stories tall. It is installed on the façade of the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall), a large, neo-gothic building constructed in the mid-late 1800s on the old town’s main square. A couple of times per day, it marks a special hour by playing a song with 43 bells and presenting 32 life-size figures that twirl, dance, and even joust. Although it’s certainly a tourist attraction, the glockenspiel was fun and impressive to watch.