Saturday, September 13, 2008

Star Gazing

Two visitors snap a shot of Munich’s 249 ft tall town hall, the Rathaus. Known around the world for its famous Glockenspiel, where 43 bells play a 15 minute song with 32 mechanical figures of musicians and knights as they re-enact the marriage festivities of Duke Wilhelm V to Renate von Lothringen in 1568. Despite its imposing structure, the building becomes quite welcoming to visitors with its ratskeller restaurant, which takes up nearly the entire basement and courtyard during the summers. Down below, in Marienplatz, you can pick up just about any tour imaginable – bike, segway, or walking tour through Munich. I can personally vouch for the daily walking tours that meet at 10 am. They are a wonderful way to learn about Munich.

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