Marienplatz - Munich's Most Famous Square

  • 01 of 06

    Marienplatz - Munich's Most Famous Square

    Munich's Marienplatz
    ••• Munich's Marienplatz. GNTB/Jochen Keute

     

     

    Marienplatz – Mary’s Square - is the heart of Munich and the best place to start your Munich sightseeing tour. Marienplatz itself offers many interesting things to see and do, and it is in walking distance to even more must-see attractions of Munich.
    Dating back to the 12th century, Marienplatz used to be home to medieval markets, celebrations, and tournaments; today, the square is a a popular meeting point for locals and tourists alike.

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    Address:
    Marienplatz, 80331 Munich, Germany

    Getting There:
    Subway U 3 and U6, subway stop: Marienplatz

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    Munich's New Town Hall at Marienplatz

    New Townhall of Munich, Germany
    ••• The Townhall at Marienplatz. Dimitry B.

    The first thing you see when coming to Munich's Marienplatz is the impressive New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus); its over 300 feet long and elaborately decorated façade with hundreds of statues, turrets and arches dominates the whole square. Although it seems like the New Town Hall dates back to the middle Ages, the building was constructed between 1867 and 1909 in Flanders Gothic style. The New Town Hall is home to the city government, the Munich Tourism Office, and the restaurant “Ratskeller” on the ground floor of the building.

    Address:
    Marienplatz, 80331 Munich, Germany

    Getting There:
    Subway U 3 and U6, subway stop: Marienplatz

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    Munich's Glockenspiel

    Glockenspiel Munich
    ••• Glockenspiel Munich. albany_tim

    The tower of the New Town Hall houses the Glockenspiel, a 100-year old carillon. Every day at 11 a.m. and noon, hundreds of people gather in front of the tower to hear the Glockenspiel chime and watch the 32 life-sized figures reenact historical Bavarian events. Look out for the golden bird that chirps 3 times to mark the end of each show.

    Address:
    Marienplatz, 80331 Munich, Germany

    Getting There:
    Subway U 3 and U6, subway stop: Marienplatz

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    Munich's Old Town Hall

    Old Town Hall Munich
    ••• Old Town Hall Munich. Allie_Caulfield

    Munich’s Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus), located on the east side of Marienplatz, is the original city hall building, dating back to the 14th century. In 1874, when the building became to small, Munich’s municipality moved into the New Town Hall on the other side of the square. Completely destroyed in World War II, the Old Town Hall has been rebuilt after original plans in neo-gothic style and now houses Munich’s toy museum, a collection of unique historic toys from Europe and the U.S.

    Munich's Toy Museum:

    • Address: Marienplatz 15, 80331 Munich, Germany
    • Getting There: Subway U 3 and U6, subway stop: Marienplatz
    • Opening Hours: daily, 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    • Admission: Children 1 Euro, Adults 3 Euros
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    Mary's Column

    Mariensaule Munich
    ••• GNTB/Andrew Cowin
    In the center of the Marienplatz, you’ll find the Mariensaule, the column of St. Mary, which was erected in 1683; topped by the golden statue of Virgin Mary, the column celebrated the end of the Swedish invasion during the 30 Years' War.

    Address:
    Marienplatz, 80331 Munich, Germany

    Getting There:
    Subway U 3 and U6, subway stop: Marienplatz

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    Munich's Christkindlmarkt

    German Christmas Market in Munich, Marienplatz
    ••• Christmas Market in Munich. C.Reiter/TAM

    Every holiday season, Marienplatz is home to Munich’s famous “Christkindlmarkt”; which has been celebrated here since 1642. Munich's Christmas market is a great place to buy Bavarian wood carvings, traditional toys, and glass crystals; every day at 5:30 p.m., visitors can enjoy free Christmas concerts on the balcony of Munich's New Town Hall.

    Address:
    Marienplatz, 80331 Munich, Germany

    Getting There:
    Subway U 3 and U6, subway stop: Marienplatz