Karlsplatz (Stachus), Munich
Karlsplatz is known locally as Stachus. It is a large square in the center of Munich, On the square there is a big fountain in the summer. In the winter there is an open-air ice rink. Underground there is a shopping center.
At the entrance to this square there is an attractive looking gate called Karl's Tor. Nearby there is an interesting spitting fountain. During our visit an event involving Turkish youth was taking place here.
One of Munich's popular square located westside of Marienplatz. You won't miss it there's a McDonalds right on that old yellow building surrounding the fountain. People sits around the fountain. Also, there's a U-bahn and S-bahn station below the square.
There is a royal-looking gate just beside the fountain or just before entering the square called Karlstor, it's a gothic style fortification gate of sort.
The Second major square in Munich after Marian Platz, this is referred to as Stachus by locals. On the end towards kaufingerstr is the last remaining Medieval gate of Munich. The Justice Palace sits on the other end of the square.
Not sure if this is open all year but during the winter its definitely full of all ages. This lovely Ice Rink is bang in the middle of Karlsplatz and at the entrance to the pedestrianised thoroughfare that winds along to Marienplatz and the amazing Frauenkirsche, the twin towered church.
For children there are these great animal shaped trolleys to hang onto so as not to fall over on the ice....but theres also bigger ones for the older person who may still need that support. What fun to see a grown man hanging onto a disney shaped pig as he was pushed around the ice by his kids!
At the side of the rink are several wooden cabins selling that wonderful hot gluhwein. Mugs of steaming hot wine and spices chase the cold away from the inside out!
In behind the Karls Tor (Karl's Tower) lies the throbbing hub of central Munich. In this vast pedestrian area you will not only find many locals but hordes of tourists as well, one particular language and accent standing out.
I had hopped off the tram on my way back from Nymphenburg just out of curiousity and it led me to such a wealth of interesting things to see, and that's excluding the shopping!
The Karlsplatz and the Karlstor represent the entrance to the historic city centre and, since 1972, to the pedestrian only precinct, which makes this the ideal starting point for a shopping spree along Neuhauser and Kaufinger Straße, winding up at Marienplatz.
The Karlsplatz takes its official name from the Elector Karl Theodor, who had the square laid out in 1791. It is better known as Stachus, supposedly named after the popular innkeeper Eustachius Föderl. The name might however also originate from the expression 'Stachel' (prickle). This was the term given to the arrows of the marksmen who used to try their combating skills in front of the Karlstor during the Middle Ages.
During summer you will find respite next to the modern fountain, which invites tourists as well as locals to relax a while. Of course, when I was there it wasn't in operation. The whole idea co-incided with the 1972 Olympics of course. Nothing like international exposure to get the city fathers motivated!
On the second picture the actual gateway is just out of view in the centre of the semi-circle of the Karlsplatz.
The Stachus, offering underground parking space, is located on the western Altstadtring and includes a S-Bahn station, making it the traffic nodal point of Munich and one of the busiest squares in Europe.
If you happen to be on Karlsplatz, you basically have two options: See the grand Justizpalast (courthouse) and Munich`s best fountain, the historic Wittelsbacherbrunnen, or walk through the historic city gate Karlstor and explore the sights of the Old Town.
Construction on sk. Michael kirche ( church ) was started in 1583 and completed in the early part of the Baroque period. The exterior architecture is typical of Bavarian architecture of the period.
The bronze sculpture show is of the archeangel Michael ( father Adam ) subduing his adversary Satan ( aka Lucifer, Beelzebub, the devil, son of the morning, old scratch, etc. ) during the war in heaven. The sculpture which is located near the main church entrance, is a very well crafted eye catcher.
Several very high ranking Bavarians were entombed in this church, including mad king Ludwig ll, whose body was found mysteriously floating in a nearby lake after he drained the national treasury constructing his fairy tale castles. His castles are now some the most popular tourist attractions in Bavaria.
The large fountain partially shown in the photo was crafted in Karlsplatz prior to the 1972 Olympic games. People cool off in the fountain on hot Summer days. However, there were no takers on this unusually cold morning in late May, when the temperature was stightly above the freezing mark. Karlsplatz was named in honor of an unpopular beaurocrat Karl Theodor. The locals later starting calling the square Stachus, after a popular biergarten proprieter. The name stuch ( pun intended ).
The magnificent palace shown behind ( on the west side ) of the square is Justizpalast, which as you probably guessed, means palace of justice. ( Isn't learning German fun ? ) Construction on Justizpalast began in 1891 and was completed 7 years later. The architectural style can best be described as neo-Ranaissance, although Baroque and Rokoko elements are also evident. The columns on the four corners of the palace are topped with interesting pinnacles. The statues around the top balcony are ancient symbols of justice. The copper roof is discolored by heavy oxidation and could use a little refreshing. With that in mind judge Hundwalder gives the palace a score of 8.2. The palace still houses Bavaria's highest court. Fortunately, I idid not get to see first hand how the system works, although I probably came close a couple of times.
The neo-Renaissance dome you see behind the court palace is the main dome of the Hauptbahnhof, which is Muenchen's gigantic but fascinating train station ( a city within a city ). From there you can easily journey most anywhere in Europe.
Achtung ! Leave yourself a lot of time to catch your train unless you are greatly skilled at forced marching.
Based on its early Baroque exterior architecture, I would estimate the the Augustinian kirche ( church ) near Karlsplatz to be about 400 years old. As Bavarians lost their fervant religious zeal, the demand for churches decreased. The upper floors of this magnificent church were converted into a museum of hunting and fishing, which you can visit if you are in to that sort of thing. The main floor contains a great restaurant, a deli, and other businesses. The old Baroque and modern architecture of the building blend harmoniously. Stop in or just admire it from the outisde as I did.
I took this picture on my way back from my the seminar venue to the hotel. This square is locally known as Stachus, after a beerhouse that once stood on this square. It is a pleasant spacious spot and marks the beginning of the pedestrian zone. When walking from the railway station to Marienplatz, you'll get to the Stachus pretty automatically.
Visit Karlsplatz, or like it's called by anyone in Munich, the Stachus. This is a major intersection from which you can go to the train station on one direction, to Marienplatz on the other and to several huge avenues with hundreds of shops, restaurants and cafés. This place is always crowded, day and night.
Karlsplatz (mostly called Stachus by the locals ) is dominated by a giant modern fountain where you’ll find locals and tourists jostling to wet their toes in summer. Dating back to 1791, the square is named after Elector Karl Theodor. It’s also known as Stachus, supposedly in honour of the popular innkeeper Eustachius Föderl. The name might also originate from the expression Stachel (prickle), the term given to the arrows of the marksmen who used to try their combating skills in front of the Karlstor during the Middle Ages. Karlstor (Karl's Gate) is your starting point for the Altstadt and, since 1972, the pedestrian precinct.
The Justizpalast (Palace of Justice) is the building that is on the west side of Karlsplatz. Erected between 1891-97 by Friedrich von Thiersch, this monumental but well-proportioned building combines Renaissance and Baroque elements, and is one of the most successful examples of late 19th century German historicism. Today it still houses Bavaria's highest court.
Karlsplatz is a square that is located between the main station and Marienplatz. At this busy square with a big fountain, lots of people and the old gity gate "Karlstor" the pedestrianised area begins.
Everybody calls this square "Stachus" after Eustachius Föderl, who used to own the pub that was located here.
Karlsplatz ( mostly called Stachus by the local people ) used to be the square with the most heavy trafic before 1972.
Then Neuhauserstrasse became a pedestrian area and the big fountain was built in 1972.
The fountain on Karlsplatz is a very popular place to relax on a hot summerday and often you may see people walk inside the fountain to cool down the easy way.
In the back of my picture: Justizpalast - built 1891-98
Once there was a very popular inn, belonging to EUSTACHIUS Föderl - this is where the expression "STACHUS" comes from !
Karlsplatz it's halfway between Marienplaz and the Main Station (Hauptbahnhof). This is a good walking path, starting at Marienplatz, through the shopping street, passing by Karlsplatz and ending at the Main Station. Impossible to get lost, just go always strait ahead.
Take a look at a web cam pointing to this square: Karlsplatz.