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Marienplatz, Munich

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Soak up the local culture at Marienplatz, the city's main public square since 1158. Today, the square is dominated by the Gothic city hall, which you'll find on the northern side. Ages ago, markets and tournaments were held in this square, which is named after a Marian column standing at its center. The column was built in 1638 in honor of the Virgin Mary, a sign of gratitude for the end of Swedish occupation. Note the city hall's clock tower, which was inspired by the medieval tournaments once held here. It features 43 bells and 32 life-size figures. The bells chime several times a day, and some of the figures dance, prompting passers-by to stop and check their watches. The 85 m (280 ft) tower is open for visitors. Make Marienplatz part of your personalized Munich itinerary using our Munich trip itinerary planning tool .
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  • Who is already in Vienna, must go. Shopping possible Guide and culinary experiences at their best.
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  • earlier on the site of the Oktoberfest was the fish market, where was built the fish fountain Fishbrunnen (local merchants kept fish there). And although Marienplatz has always been considered the main square in Munich, she received its current name after 50 years after it was built St. Mary's column.
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  • Great place to see in Munich Definitely one of the most beautiful things to see Lots of sights, shops and pubs/restaurants nearby  more »
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  • Such a nice place... The most visited place in Munich, the city center... Vent one evening during spring and enjoyed live music of very talented street performing group... Very vibrant place... Lots of cafes and shopping..
  • We spent most of our time here. It was about a 45 minute train ride from our hotel which was at the airport. The train was €24,60 compared to a taxi, which would have been €56. Most of the top sights are within walking distance from this train station. Lots of shops and good food.
  • Amazing place for all kinds of people. Shopping paradise for ladies. Drinking paradise for gents. All sorts of variety can be found here. My recommendation to everybody is to always once try the Haufbrauhaus beer. An amazing experience. This place is great to spend your time. Must visit once if you are in Germany.
  • Must stop in Munich. Restaurants range from expensive to a small coffee shop that has great sandwiches for the budget traveler. Pubs are all around. Tourist information is there also. Close to everything, a good central starting point. Bell tower rings and moves at 1pm.
  • Munich was the last stop of our Euro Trip and it was worth the visit. There was a Christmas market setup at Marienplatz and the overall experience was fantastic. Visit the church tower if you can. There is a lift that you can take instead of stairs. The view from the tower top is fantastic. You will get a glimpse of Munich. Uploading a bunch of photos should you wish to see the views from tower top etc :)
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