A Post Card From Munich, Bavaria, Southern Germany

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A few different captures of the beautiful city of Munich in Bavaria.  These are the last photos of our walk around the city in 2017.  There are a couple of churches and some of the Octoberfest to follow.  I have played around with some of the photos, changing to chrome and a couple of black & white.  Hopefully the photos will give you a taste of Munich 🙂

The Rathaus-Glockenspiel of Munich

Some history for you………The Rathaus-Glockenspiel of Munich is a tourist attraction in Marienplatz, the heart of Munich.  Part of the second construction phase of the New Town Hall, it dates from 1908. Every day at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. ( as well as 12 noon in the summer) it chimes and re-enacts two stories from the 16th century to the amusement of mass crowds of tourists and locals.  It consists of 43 bells and 32 life-sized figures. The top half of the Glockenspiel tells the story of the marriage of the local Duke Wilhelm V (who also founded the world famous Hofbräuhaus) to Renata of Lorraine. In honour of the happy couple there is a joust with life-sized knights on horseback representing Bavaria (in white and blue) and Lothringen (in red and white). The Bavarian knight wins every time, of course.

This is then followed by the bottom half and second story: Schäfflertanz (the coopers’ dance). According to myth, 1517 was a year of plague in Munich. The coopers are said to have danced through the streets to “bring fresh vitality to fearful dispositions.” The coopers remained loyal to the duke, and their dance came to symbolize perseverance and loyalty to authority through difficult times. By tradition, the dance is performed in Munich every seven years. This was described in 1700 as “an age-old custom”, but the current dance was defined only in 1871. The dance can be seen during Fasching (German Carnival): the next one is in 2019.

The whole show lasts somewhere between 12 and 15 minutes long depending on which tune it plays that day. At the very end of the show, a very small golden rooster at the top of the Glockenspiel chirps quietly three times, marking the end of the spectacle.

10 Replies to “A Post Card From Munich, Bavaria, Southern Germany”

  1. Lynn, given the number of photos you post, will you tell me what plan you’re on?

    Due to starting to run out of space, despite a space upgrade I purchased a few years ago, as WordPress no longer offer these I’ve reluctantly had to “upgrade” resulting in an increase from £17 per year to £99 per year

    1. Sorry to say, but I do pay £99 a year. But I not sure how you post your photos, I make mine very small, so as not to use so much space. But I like to post lots of photos and I did think about starting another blog to carry on from this one……but I like having all the posts together and use it like a journal of our trips to look back on, similar to all your walks and visits to museums. I think if you really enjoy blogging it’s worth it……I’m a non smoker and only drink on rare occasions, so really, it’s my only vice 🙂 one I love 🙂

      1. I’ve started to address the space issue and am trying linking to my Flickr account. Previously I hadn’t really thought about reducing picture size so I need to look at how to do that. But I’ve also bitten the bullet and upgraded as I don’t want to lose my account. Would have been quite happy to buy a second space upgrade but they’ve withdrawn them and so only option is to go onto much more expensive plan.

      2. No, I didn’t know about picture size, until I nearly run out of space a few years ago. My daughter said you haven’t reduce the size of your photos have you ….no, so I went and reduced as many as I could and got about half the space back…..but a couple of years later I did nearly run out and then I upgraded, its my second year and you get a few extras. Glad to know that you will still keep blogging 🙂

      3. I certainly want to keep blogging. Like you it’s my diary and from time to time I go back and look up what I was doing years ago! And having made contact with a number of people through the blog, including you, of course, I wouldn’t want to miss out on that.

      4. I love they way you can look back, but where does the time go…..I sometimes think it can’t be that long ago we went somewhere but it was. So yes good to keep it all together……heres to lots more happy blogging and to people we meet along the way 🙂

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