Neues Rathaus, Munich Munich’s Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city. A New Town Hall By the mid-19th century, Munich was growing in leaps and bounds. The city council determined that more space was needed to house government offices so they embarked on plans for a new town hall. A site at the Marienplatz was chosen and two dozen buildings were demolished in order to make way for the grand Neues Rathaus, which was designed by 24-year-old Georg Hauberrisser. Incidentally, the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) was not demolished but still stands near the Neues Rathaus. Construction on the new town hall began in 1867 with the eastern portion of the building, fashioned from brick. It was completed in 1874. Fifteen years later, an extension was built on the rear on the building. Finally, the limestone western half of the building was added, featuring the most recognizable part of the Neues Rathaus, the 79-meter (259 foot) tower. All was completed by 1909.turkeyarena.com The town hall is constructed in the Flemish Gothic style. Its façade is more than 90m (300 feet) in length and the ornate stone ornamentation that graces the exterior is stunning. There are wonderful stained glass windows, beautiful vaulted ceilings, intricately carved woodworkings, and a labyrinth-patterned floor in the inner courtyard. Hauberrisser saw to every detail of the project and the result was grand, even though it’s easy to tell where the original portion ends and the western half begins. The Glockenspiel The crowning glory of the Neues Rathaus is its world-famous “glockenspiel”, the fourth largest in Europe. Each day at 11 am, noon, and 5 pm, the nearly life-size figures of the clock give a performance for the crowds who gather on the Marienplatz to watch. Guests can view two presentations – a re-enactment of the 1568 wedding of Duke William V and Renate of Lorraine, complete with a jousting match; or a rendition of a dance called the Schläfflertanz, first performed to mark the end of the plague in 1517. At night, guests will see a night watchman blowing his horn and the guardian angel of Munich bestowing a blessing on the city.