In the Dells, you never know what you’re going to find. A tiny nook on Broadway Street cradles the Bavarian Village, a German-themed miniature town square containing a fountain, candy shop, restaurant, cheese store and the popular glockenspiel.
The glockenspiel, or carillon, plays a melodious tune on its bells every half-hour on the hour, along with a recitation of The Pied Piper of Hamelin. During the recitation of this short story, characters pop out of the glockenspiel as illustration. It’s cute for kids, although the story is actually grim. (The piper leads all of the village’s children away, never to be seen again. Why? The townspeople don’t pay him for his rat-removal services).
Arrive a few minutes early if you want to catch the show. On a recent visit, it started five minutes before the glockenspiel’s own clock struck the hour.