Glockenspiel Letterbox

Terrain: Easy
Difficulty: Easy
Placed: July 29, 2005
By: The Dragon
Location: Brown County, MN
Nearest town: New Ulm, MN

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One of the, if not the most, prominent features of New Ulm is its Glockenspiel.  One cannot make a trip through the town without stopping to hear it play!  Normally, glockenspiels are similar to xylophones, except in that they use metal bars.  New Ulm's Glockenspiel is different from a normal glockenspiel not only in its size, but also that it includes 37 bells of various sizes to play its chimes.  There is also a merry-go-round of animated characters that move to the chimes.  You can watch the show at noon, 3 pm, or 5 pm each day.  Usually the animated characters represent the history of the town, but during the winter a nativity scene moves to the music.


Find the Glockenspiel on the west side of downtown New Ulm.  After reading all about the history of the

Glockenspiel, from the corner the Glockenspiel is on, walk one block to the northeast.  You will arrive at a road that you just knew had to be somewhere in this town.  Cross the street and turn right and walk one more block.  Don't you know it!  They also have a PARK of the same name!

From the corner of the park you are closest to, walk down the "Pioneer Founders of New Ulm" Walk of Fame, noting all the famous people of New Ulm and its sister city of Ulm, Germany.  At the end of the Walk of Fame, look around and spot the American flag, and walk over to the flag pole.  Now's a good time to make sure you are not being watched.  If you are, I would suggest walking a little further and enjoying the gardens.  Come back to the flag pole when the coast is clear.

From the American flag pole, walk 82 steps at a bearing of 57 degrees.  You will arrive at a tree line where the park dumps its clippings and dirt.  Right up against the bushy tree on this bearing is a small slab of concrete which is covering the box.  Be sure you are not being watched while picking up or replacing the box as this is a very public spot!  Please re-hide the box well under the concrete slab and some loose twigs and leaves.

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