07-30 Day 21 (Munich sightseeing)


Travel FromMunich, Germany
Intermediate LocationGlockenspiel, BMW Factory
Ending LocationMunich, Germany
Starting Odometer26,844
Ending Odometer26,880
Miles Driven Today36 Miles
Total Trip Mileage2337 Miles
New Countries visited Today 
Countries visited on tripUS, Canada, UK, The Netherlands, Germany


Today’s breakfast was provided via a buffet, laid out with traditional breakfast breads and meats.

I opted for corn flakes with some rather delicious fresh fruit, coffee, juice, roll & butter. Simple, but a good start to a Glockenspiel kind of day.

it looks delicious, right?

Oh no, how do I get the bike out of here?

I woke up this morning and discovered that during the overnight hours, a truck/van had arrived, and secured a hotel room. It so happens that the van requires some level of refrigeration, which requires A/C power. And so, Martina allowed the man to use electricity in the garage, where my bike is parked. Unfortunately, this has negative consequences, right?

I guess I’ll need to wait until the owner of the van decides its time to go.

The Rathaus-Glockenspiel

The Rathaus-Glockenspiel of Munich is a tourist attraction in Marienplatz, the heart of Munich.

It dates from 1908 and every day at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. ( as well as 5 p.m. in the summer) it chimes and re-enacts two stories from the 16th century. 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 to Renata of Lorraine. In honor of the happy couple there is a joust with life-sized knights on horseback representing Bavaria and Lothringen. The Bavarian knight wins every time, of course.

This is then followed by the bottom half and second story: 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.

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.

From the ground, looking up 6 stories to the Glock. This is how it looks, before it begins to spiel itself for the audience below.

As expected, the Glockenspiel started it’s fanfare right on time. Watching this thing is a little like watching paint dry, but the crowd loved it, and I have to admit that I also enjoyed watching the two knights joust. Sorry for all of the camera movement, but here’s the rendering of the display.

The square in Munich

After watching the Glockenspiel, I wandered the square, looking for interesting things, and something to eat. I devoured a delicious spicy sausage in a roll, and then came upon this headless accordion player. Enjoy.

Fountain on the square

This is a frivolous video, serving really no purpose, but I liked the fountain. So, you get a video of a fountain.

BMW Factory/Museum

OK, now, I’m probably going to take a lot of shit for this part of the post, especially after Bill V spent all that time providing me with insightful and relevant information, but honesty is always best, right?

My plan was to do a drive-by of the BMW museum, take a picture, but not spend any time there. I had already been to 1 factory tour, and 2 museums in the past couple of days, and even though it’s the BMW factory, I’m not really that interested in BMW cars, and never had a strong affinity for the old BMW bikes. In addition, I’m told that the factory tours are usually sold out in advance, so it seemed that I would only be able to see the museum. Besides, being a member of the BMW MOA, I’ve seen hundreds of vintage bikes, so I figured I’d be able to let this one go, in hopes that I could get laundry done, and get an early start tomorrow.

As it turns out, the BMW museum is the least appealing of all of them, from the outside. Bills suggestions indicate that it’s awesome on the inside, but the outside is very plain, so I did not even bother taking a picture.

I kind of feel guilty, but then, I kind of don’t.

Laundry Day

I hate doing laundry, even under the best of conditions, so having to do laundry on the road is undesirable, but really necessary. So, after several days of wearing walking clothes, and a few days of riding, I’ve got a bit of laundry to get done.

The hotel does not have a laundry facility, but Martina has offered to do the laundry for me, so after arriving back at the hotel at about 1:00 PM, I turned over all of my dirty stuff, and sat down for a beer and a little ‘Blogging.

What will tomorrow bring

Tomorrow is a longish day, expected to be about 375 miles or so, and which will include a stop at the Eagles Nest, one of Hitler’s “homes” in the hills of Austria. I am making today an early day, so I’ll be packed, and ready to set out immediately after breakfast tomorrow morning. With any luck, I’ll pack the bike, take a shower, eat breakfast, and hit the road.

About the Author

Cliff Musante

Cliff Musante is a technologist, business leader, motorcycle enthusiast, father, grandfather, and more. In June, 2013 his passion for motorcycles was revitalized, and he set out to ride across Patagonia. Since then, he's logged thousands of miles, ridden across the US, and on July 10, 2019, he began a 120 day trip through Europe, and then on to Russia, China, and parts East. This 'Blog is the story of all of his adventures.


    1. Hi Ash, it would have been terrific to spend time with you in Munich, but I must press on. Enjoy your trip.

  1. There is a lovely resturant in the plaza with a birds eye view of the clock tower. If you time it right you get a donut and a show! Enjoy Germany! Its my favorite country!

    1. Hi Jen,
      Unfortunately, by the time you read it, it already happened, and I’m reading it from 400 miles away, in another country. But, next time, please try to anticipate where I’ll be next, and send suggestions about where you think I might be…

  2. Hi Ya Cliff,

    I am betting that the tour of the Eagle’s Nest was pretty spectacular. Frances’ father, Antone Basich, helped ‘liberate’ that stronghold during his WW II days. He took lots of photos then too. Upon a visit years later, he remarked that the exhibit was not quite right in some respects. When his photos were sent to the curators they are said to have greatly appreciated them. Looking forward to your photos too. Happy Trails.

    1. Hey Larry,
      It’s fascinating to see that he was at the nest at the end of the war. I wish that I could have made it all the way up to the top, but the weather and time conspired against me.

    1. Hey Mark,
      I was thinking that you might make a comment on me missing the BMW factory, given that you’ve been such a strong supporter of BMW for all these years. But, then I remembered that you had “an incident” with BMW that inflicted a global ban from the brand. So, I thought you might let me get away with it. But, of course, you’re right. It’s a bummer that I did not get to spend time at BMW.

  3. Cliff: We are so happy that you are moving along well on your motorcycling epic journey! We also enjoyed the Eagles Nest while touring Europe on a Honda GoldWing. Your Blog is coming through OK, but for some reason is only showing up in our “Junk” mail folder. Not sure on how to have your Blog messages arrive to our regular “In” box? Cheers, Jim & Bonnie Roberts

    1. Hi Jim,
      Thanks for your well wishes. You’ve really helped me by mentioning that the email is now being classified as Spam. I use a 3rd party company to send the emails, and I’ll need to figure this out, with their help. I think you have my email, can you please forward me any additional information you might have.

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