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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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  • It's great that gathers several shops (food, clothes, handicrafts etc). There's everything to sell at prices that are not too expensive if you get a sunny day, there are several benches to sit down, have a beer and eat a pretzel.
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  • A charming square is many businesses and restaurants as well as pastries and fruits. The Town Hall is incredible beautiful.
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  • Marienplatz is Ratskeller with town hall and Bell game a must-have and also the restaurant. Simply impressive
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  • Frankly, I have mixed remarks on Marienplatz. The clock has two shows every day, 11am and 12 noon. Weekends has an additional 5pm show (if I am not wrong). But it's just not worth the trouble. The icons just move in circles and do nothing more. You are better off exploring the building inside which has some amazing architecture and stain glass windows. Beautiful architecture on the external and internal of this building. Must visit.
  • Already when you leave the train station you're impressed of the buildings surrounding you. The atmosphere is nice even if there are a lot of tourist. Most impressive was the town hall with its tower and all that small or bigger details. Munich council does a good job in keeping everything nice and clean.
  • Ranging from fancy restaurants and plenty of shops, to nice views and architecture. If you are hungry and want something cheaper and fast, you may want to try the fastfoods from the metro. You could also enjoy some time relaxing on the benches, or even spend your time in the small shops from underground. Moreover, from here you can reach almost any part of the town.
  • Marienplatz is the centre of Munich's old historical city (Altstadt). Surrounded by modern and traditional architecture, its gorgeous New City Hall flanks one entire side. The clock tower contains the famous Glockenspiel which plays daily at 11am and 5pm, plus 12 noon during the summer. Ascend the clock tower by elevator for a small fee for great 360 degree views (tickets are sold at the information office downstairs and to the left of the tower entrance). Marienplatz subway station exits right into the huge square, and the famous Fish's Fountain can be found here.
  • A good place to walk around, lots of restaurants, live music, shopping experience is good with almost all world known brands available. It's a good place to spend entire day. You have lot of halal food and other food options available. Historic and contemporary all combined in this area
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