Altes Rathaus - Old Town Hall, Munich

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    Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)

    by antistar Updated Aug 14, 2013

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    The Old Town Hall is tucked away shyly in the eastern corner of Marienplatz. It's much less precocious a building than the extravagant newer model, instead making do with a pale, austere Gothic tower to impress those who pass underneath it. The original of this building was built back in the 15th century, but was then rebuilt in an exacting replica after its destruction by a fire caused by lightning. The old town hall now houses the Spielzeugmuseum (Toy Museum).

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    Old Town Hall/Rathhaus

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 23, 2012

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    This is merely a "walkthrough" the arches for entry into the Marienplatz Square. There is no museum inside; just some offices above. The building was constructed in 1470-1480, even though there is documentation indicating the town hall stood in 1310, and has been know by its name since the 19th century. It served as the town hall until 1874, when the new one was completed.
    Jorg val Halspeck was a reknowned architect that designed the building in 1470. The Gothic architecture was stylish in that period. Numerous changes over the years were made over the years, but in the 1860's it was reconverted back into the Gothic style. Two gateways were added to help the flow of traffic around the area in 1877 and again in 1934.
    The building was destroyed in WWII, but renovated to authentic style.

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    Old Townhall - Toy museum

    by mvtouring Written Oct 1, 2010

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    The old townhall was built in 1474 by Jörg von Halsbach. It was rebuilt several times and replaced by the new townhall at the end of the 19th century. During WW II it was totally destroyed by bombs, but fortunately after the war it was reconstructed and today it houses a nice collection of toys spanning over 200 years inside the tower.

    The museum is open daily
    10.00a.m.-05.30p.m.

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    Altes Rathaus

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jun 4, 2010

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    This original city hall first appears in historical records in 1310. It was replaced by the New City Hall in 1867, both city halls had to be rebuilt after WWII and due to this it makes it appear like the old city hall is newer than then new city hall

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    They Do Mean Old

    by hquittner Written Jul 29, 2008

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    The Old Town Hall is off the East end of the Marienplatz. On its right is a bell-tower rebuilt in 1975 and containing a toy museum. The Rathaus itself was much restored and maintains it stepped Gothic gable. Our view is from the other side (hence the tower is at the left). Here another building (we cannot identify) connects to it by an over-street passage.. The Altes Rathaus should not be confused with the one that replaced in the mid-19C, the Neuer Rathaus on the North side of the square with its tall tower, carillon and moving figures. Nearby we saw a Renaissance tower that we could not identify.

    The Rear of the Altes Rathaus and Tower An Old Building Across the Street A Tower Nearby
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    Toy museum

    by bonio Written Jan 2, 2008

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    Lovely collection of old toys, many Steiff teddy bears to for Mrs Bonio to admire and some excellent train sets for me. It's in the old town hall on Marienplatz, which itself is an interesting building to wander around. There are a few steep stairs but there is also a lift between floors.

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    Old Town Hall

    by nicolaitan Written Oct 16, 2007

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    The Old Town Hall looks considerably newer than the New Town Hall because it was rebuilt according to original plans and images after heavy bombardment in WWII. The original plans were by Jorg von Halspack, constructed between 1470-80. The adjacent tower was rebuilt in 1974. The tower houses on four floors a toy museum and can be climbed for view of the city. The main building is typical Gothic with a high vaulted wooden roof with decorated beams.

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    Old Town Hall

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Jul 6, 2007

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    Old and New Town Hall are easily confused, as both look pretty old indeed. The real Old Town Hall is from the 15th century - the famous New Town Hall that towers over the Marienplatz looks like gothic architecture, but was built in the 19th century. It effectively looks much older than it really is.

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    Rathaus - Interesting Place

    by Pattison78 Written May 27, 2007

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    The Altes Rathaus is the old town center. It is located in the center of the pedestrian area in Munich, and has a couple things to offer. One is the Glockenspiel, which is the clock tower that moves and plays music (if you call it that) at 11:00 and 5:00. You have to see this once during your stay, but that will probably be enough.
    Another thing that it offers is that you can go to the top of the tower and look out over the city and the square below. There is a small fee for taking the elevator to the top, but it is worth it.

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    Altes Rathaus

    by codrutz Updated Oct 31, 2005

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    Alte Rathaus is the former Town Hall, built between 1470-1475. The tower was reconstructed in 1975 and now hosts the Toy Museum, who's German name is Spielzeugmuseum and it features toys from different period of times.

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    Altes Rathaus full of toys

    by Roeffie Updated Jun 15, 2005

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    The building was developed between 1470-1475 by Jörg von Halspach. The tower was reconstructed in 1975 with the use of a painting of 1493. The Tower "Talbrucktor" houses a toymuseum.

    Admission
    Adults: € 2,60
    Children: € 0,50
    Familycard: € 5,10

    Opening hours:
    10:00-17:30 daily

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    THE OLD TOWN HALL

    by Hosell Written Apr 2, 2005

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    Located also at Marientplatz and just opposite of the New Town Hall,you'll see the Altes Rathaus or Old Town Hall.

    This beautiful building was built in 1,474.Also can be visited and all Marientplatz is a very nice place to have a break and see all nice places around.Here also you'll find some snack bars,cafeterias,bars and restaurants,but be careful because a drink here can cost you doble that in other place in the city,as is usual in touristy places!.

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    Town Hall and Toy Museum

    by 15ilikestuff Updated Jan 7, 2005

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    The Altes Rathaus is located in the Marienplatz a few steps away from the Neues Rathaus (for me the new one looks like the old one a visaversa). Inside the Altres Rathaus is a toy museum which has a cheap enterance fee and definately worth the price of admission. It's great for kids, and history buffs as the pieces reflect the time era (from toys of the elite to black mistral style to war propoganda). You'll climb a winding staircase to 4 different rooms each on a different level. There's also views of the city from the top. There's a small giftshop at the lowest floor and an employee that is happy to answer any possible question.

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    Old City Hall

    by Sjalen Written Nov 11, 2004

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    If you're tired of the new one, check out the old 15th century Gothic one (rebuilt after being destroyed by lightning). Too small to work for the city now, today it houses a toy museum instead. That was however not even fun for the 6-year-old as it was quite small and not worth the €3 entrance fee to the only sour faced lady we met in Bavaria.

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  • Old Town Hall

    by sabsi Updated Oct 3, 2004

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    The beautiful old town hall was built in 1474 and rebuilt after the war in its original state. The building with its tower (which used to be a city gate and it now home for the toy museum) is very plain (at least compared to the new town hall) and I kinda like that style. Outside you will find a statue of Juliet (Romeo's Juleit ;) which is a present by Munich's twin town Verona.

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