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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. 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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  • A very beautiful area, near a lot of shops and restaurants. Palace straight is very beautiful, very many items on facades
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  • The place is not to be missed so much by day as by night. In this square are some of the main sights of Munich: Neue Rathaus, Altes Rathaus and the Mariensäule. Within a radius of approximately 1 km you will have many other must-see attractions. There is a metro station (which carries the same name, Marienplatz) whose output is exactly in the middle of the square.
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  • This is a very beautiful square but it can be incredibly busy between 10am-5pm . . . .the best time to go is in the morning before the crowds arrive. Make sure you walk down all the quaint little alle...  more »
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  • The cultural heart of Munich! A must see side of the city with a beautiful City Hall and regular markets there's lots to look at in the small area. It does get very busy on good days but arrive early and you can get photos with fewer people in them. The Clock & 'Glockenspiel ' (Chiming Clocks & small story) draw lots of tourists and runs several times a day. This is also the meeting point for many tours, all of which start around the same time so if you want to join one make sure it's the one you're interested in!
  • City center of Munich. The place has a lot of history. It's very beautiful too. One had lots of opportunities for shopping or dining here. It's a must visit place in Munich. The place is especially beautiful during December when the Christmas market opens.
  • The tourist center of Munich, Marianplatz is full of old architecture, pubs, restaurants and areas of interest. The glockenspiel is a must see and if your there at noon or 5 pm you will be treated to the music and life-size automated movement of the famous clock tower. Sit in one of the many outside cafes and enjoy a beer or coffee.
  • Take the elevator to the top floor. The view is worth it. The architecture here is amazing. Go through the arch and there is a restaurant with outside seating and more Gothic architecture that you can't see from the street.
  • A must when in Bavaria. The most beautiful and historic part of Munich. Amazing buildings surrounded by numerous beer houses and good pork restaurants.