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Marienplatz, Munich

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Landmark Tourist Spot
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. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Munich holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Marienplatz and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • It's like a different world when the bells start ringing. There are restaurants and shops around. From airport if you get a Bayern ticket ( 20 euro and each additional person is 5 euro ); you can use ...  more »
  • This is the main hub of Munich. If you get off here from the airport train you can catch the u bahn to just about anywhere in the city. It is dominated by the big Town Hall and is always full of visit...  more »
  • We stayed a Marienplatz and spent many hours in this area. It has so many things to see and places for a beer or a coffee. Avoid the touristic and expensive restaurants and go down any of the connecti...  more »
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  • An excellent place to enjoy your day. Visit the Church. Click pictures with beautiful architectural buildings and towers. The place has stores with variety of shoes, purses, jewelry, fashionable clothes etc. Price ranges from moderate to high. Visit multiple shops as you will get great discounts for the same product. Then eat, drink and relax.
  • The plaza was beautiful and the noon clock display was amazing. As I understand it the clock display is scheduled for 11 am and noon for the tourists. The clock and moving figure display starts on time and continues for approximately 10 minutes. Each level of the clock "performers" separately. There is a little surprise as the clock's jousting knights perform that amazes the watching crowd that gathers 5-10 minutes before the clock strikes.
  • A plaza with some amazing structures around it. It has metro station just below it. Perfect place to start a visit in Munich as you can easily reach other places by metro.
  • Best place to be in Munich. Its the center, it's the heart of where everything happens. It can get crowded on the weekends but it is amazing. The street next to it has Hofbrauhaus and several other breweries. This is a must for Munich!
  • The main and most popular market area for locals and tourists! Lots of brands, stores, restaurants, coffee shops and everything you could imagine... Great ambience and shopping atmosphere !