Clock Towers In Germany

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Clock Towers In Germany
Clock Towers In Germany

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Germany's old cities are overflowing with clock towers. Many of these towers are hundreds of years old, full of Gothic charm and Victorian whimsy. Other towers have been built in the modern era and dominate the skyline with cutting-edge architecture. No matter the style, the many clock towers in Germany are always worth seeing.

The Rathaus-Glockenspiel of Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide)

Constructed in 1907, the Glockenspiel is one of the most visited clock towers in all of Germany. The Glockenspiel is no simple clock tower; this whimsical tower features a daily mechanical show that reenacts two notable events from Munich's past. Every day at 11 a.m., and at noon and 5 p.m. between March and October, the 32 life-sized figures built into the Glockenspiel come to life. The figures are set up on two different levels, allowing each level to tell one of the two stories. The upper level reenacts the wedding of Wilhelm V to Renata of Lorraine. The lower level tells the story of the Cooper Dance, which was first performed in 1517 by the coopers of Munich to let the citizens know that the Black Death had passed.

The Rheinturm of Dusseldorf

The Rheinturm, constructed between 1979 and 1981, is the tallest structure in Dusseldorf at nearly 250 meters tall. It follows the design of Seattle's Space Needle, Toronto's CN Tower, and Berlin's Fernsehturm. Like these free-standing towers, the Rheinturm features an observation deck and a rotating restaurant. The Rheinturm is also the largest digital clock in the world; the entire shaft of the Rheinturm is adorned with a light sculpture that tells the time.

The Rotes Rathaus

The Rotes Rathaus, or the Red City Hall, was constructed in Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide) in the 1860s. This building, which draws its name from the distinctive red bricks that make up its facade, was built in the High Renaissance style of northern Italy. A 100-meter tall four-faced clock tower rises from the front of the Rotes Rathaus. The tower is ornamented with many columns and arches and was modeled on the tower of the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Hauptbahnhof Train Stations

Most of Germany's central train stations, or Hauptbahnhof, feature elegant clock towers built in a variety of architectural styles. These train stations, which act as major hubs for community life, are home to many of the clock towers in Germany. Some of these clock towers are more than 150 years old; the Hagen (Hagen vacation rentals | Hagen travel guide) station, for example, was built in 1848 and features a clock tower constructed in the Gothic Revival style popular at the time.

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