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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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  • The market center of the city. When you visit Munich, should visit at least once. Shopping, dining and sight seeing. Weekend market is charming. Better time will be spring and summer, if you are not f...  more »
  • Meeting place for tourists, excited, with performances by artists and the classic clock of the City Hall, in which the puppets are animated in some periods of the day.
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  • Time and again to be a highlight in Munich and Marienplatz. For us the central point. Very much recommended in summer.
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  • Beautiful! So much to see and do all within walking distance. Can get crowded, especially on weekends, but for the most part it's worth it! I recommend the walking tours for tourists - there is so much history in this city. Also lots of modern/high-end stores. I guess it's a perfect combination of sight-seeing and shopping!
  • A wonderful Place. Has the Munich city hall and a nice church on it. An absolute must see if you go to Munich. In December there is a Christmas market on the square. With food and drinks and Christmas decorations for sale. Highly recommend.
  • Great place to see Munich. The famous hofbrauhaus is located around here. There's a Farmers market. There's bars and souvenir shops. It's the old part of Munich so you have gate houses and awesome buildings to look at. Definitely a lot of history there and well worth the visit.
  • A wonderful place to visit. The Christmas market is full of varying stalls and the authentic German food/drink is delicious. There are also plenty of shops to visit along the way. Do wrap up if you're going in the colder months!
  • Beautiful lively, central square at the Munich city with impressive town hall and church. Popular tourist destination, crowded during Christmas days but with beautiful and festive atmosphere. Many shopping stores, restaurants and cafe around the area.

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The St. Paul district is the site of Munich's yearly Oktoberfest and offers easy access to the city center. You may be able to find accommodation deals in the Am Schlachthof district, which is populated with small businesses and artists. Glockenbachviertel is the center of the city's nightlife with bars, clubs, and restaurants lining the streets. In contrast, Am alten Südfriedhof is a quiet residential district.
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