Marienplatz - Mary's Square

The Marienplatz is the urban heart of the city, it is a meeting place for tourists as well as locals, which is marked by lovely outdoor cafés that invite you to remain, many  traditional shops such as  the baker family Rischart which is represented on the site for over 125 years, the department store Ludwig Beck  at the corner of the city hall,  known for its section for classical music or the bookseller Hugendubel.  It is the ideal starting point for various tours . There is a diverse range of tourist attractions in the vicinity.

The new town hall of Munich

Neues Rathaus am Marienplatz München
 
 
Since the founding of Munich in 1158 by Heinrich dem Löwen  (Henry the Lion), the Marienplatz is the center of the two main axes, namely the east-west axis between Isar Tor and Karlstor, which was a part of the salt route from Salzburg and Reichenhall in Switzerland, and the south-north axis between Sendlinger Tor and Schwabinger Tor, which was destroyed in the 19th Century.
 
On the north side of the new city hall with its neo-gothic style. It was built from 1867 to 1909 and is now the seat of the mayor and the city council. The chimes on the front side with its 43 bells and 32 characters enacts scenes from the history of Munich. On the west side is the old town hall, which houses the Spielzeugmuseum (Toy Museum) in its tower. On display are among old model trains, plush toys, dolls, doll houses and tin toys.
 

Old town hall with toy museum

Altes Rathaus Marienplatz 
 
The Marienasäule (Column of Mary) is located in the middle of the Marienplatz, which is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, patroness of Bavaria.  Kurfürst Maximilian had the column built in 1683 in gratitude for Munich's outliving of the Thirty Years War (1618 - 1648).
 
The site doubles as a transport hub for public transport via subway (U-Bahn) and suburban trains (S-Bahn). Taxis and rickshaws are available, too.
 
The Marienplatz is the ideal base to explore the city, not only because of its location, but also because of many attractions in the immediate. The adjacent Neuhauser Straße with its many shops is one of the nicest shopping streets in Europe, alongside the Theatinerstraße and Sendlingerstraße which are paved with all sorts of local shops and international flagship stores.
 

Miss Munchen recommends

  • Chimes at the new town hall (showtimes: 11.00am, 12.00pm, in addition from march to october at 5pm and a night chime at 9pm).
  • Christmas market at Marienplatz during christmas.
  • Shopping: Manufactum offers traditional brand products with history in beautiful surroundings, just behind the Marienplatz in Dienerstraße 12. (http://www.manufactum.de/manufactum-muenchen-c-43/)
  • Café Glockenspiel: Nice café/restaurant on the roofs of Munich with views of the Marienplatz. Entrance via Weinstraße behind the Wormland store. (http://www.cafe-glockenspiel.de/)
  • Dallmayer Haus: One of the most famous delis in the world. Traditional food with a shop, café and gourmet cuisine. (http://www.dallmayr.de/delikatessenhaus/)
  • Free Wi-Fi: There is free Wi-Fi at Marienplatz.

 

Sights in the historical old town of munich

Isartor-Isar-Gate Neues Rathaus - New Townhall Marienplatz - Marys Square Alter Peter - Church of St. Peter Dallmayr - Restaurant/Coffee house Viktualienmarkt Frauenkirche - Church of Our Lady Residenz-Palace Feldherrnhalle at the Odeonsplatz  Theatiner Kirche - The Theatine Church of St. Cajetan Odeonsplatz Hofgarten - baroque park  Bayrische Staatsoper- Bavarian State Opera Asamkirche - Asam Church Sendlinger Tor-Sendling Gate Justizpalast -  Palace of Justice  Karlsplatz-Stachus Arkaden an der Maximilianstraße - Arcades at the Maximilianstraße

Approach to Marienplatz

Adress: Marienplatz 1, 80331 München ‎

Public transport: 
S-Bahn: all lines, Stop Marienplatz
U-Bahn: U3/U6 Stop Marienplatz

Map of Marienplatz

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