Munich: Marienplatz

First day in Munich, and we’re right at the city center – Marienplatz.

The main square highlights the New City Hall, with the Rathaus-Glockenspiel at the center of the highest tower. Every day at 11am, it reenacts stories from the 16th century using bells and life-sized figures/puppets. I was able to watch the 10-15 minute show from the tower of Peterskirche (St. Peter’s Church), making my effort to climb 300+ steps absolutely worth it.

A little relevant now but not relevant then: the top part recounts the wedding of Duke Wilhelm V and Renata of Lorraine. The reception/party said to have lasted for 2 weeks. Life when you’re royalty in the Middle Ages, lol. Meanwhile, the lower level depicts a ritual dance to ward off deadly diseases called Schäfflertanz.

You’re all probably tired of hearing me say that places in Germany look better at night during Christmas season, but you really can’t miss the Christmas Market here! Similar to the Bensberg Christmas tree, the one here is also almost as high as the City Hall.