Munchen (Munich), Bavaria (1) – Rathaus (Day Seven)

From a distance, I couldn’t tell what this mammoth structure was all about.   I soon discover that it’s the New Town Hall and a shopping center.  Located in Marienplatz, in the heart of Munchen, this late 19th century building displays “Grunderzeit style” architecture.  With my modern way of thinking, it’s hard to relate to this structure being home to clothing boutiques, restaurants and a drug store.

Mariensaule, the column  of St. Mary

On the hours of 11 am, 12 noon, and 5 pm, the Rauthaus Glockenspiel goes into action.  Made of 43 bells and 32 figures, it brings flocks of visitors.  Luck was on our side, as we came to this place at the 5 pm performance.

We were in Munich during the height of Octoberfest.  It was common sight to fans dressed in festive garb.  This happy couple enjoys a photo-op with Rathaus as their backdrop.

Inside the courtyard, you’ll find an opportunity to dine and enjoy surroundings.  The above and remaining photos, captures a small part of the interior.

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