Salzburg Photos: The Glockenspiel in the Neue Residenz Palace

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Neue Residenz Palace & Glockenspiel in Salzburg

There are not many Glockenspiel arrangements in the World. They were developed in the Netherlands in the 17th century and a luxury thing to have - thus, not many rulers could afford to have any. Salzburg was an exceptionally wealthy place at this time, and so Prince Archbishop Wolf-Dietrich von Raitenau ordered a Glockenspiel directly from the Netherlands. Unfortunately, no Salzburg clockmaker know how to set it up once it had arrived in Salzburg - therefore, they failed to get it work properly. As a result, the Salzburg Glockenspiel is famous for running slightly out of tune. Best heard on the Residenzplatz or Mozartplatz.

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