Approaching the Karlstor (one of the three surviving 14C town gates) while walking west on Neubauer Strasse, one see the fountains in the square beyond (plus the late 19C Justizpalast). Outside the gate is the everyday world of Munich with McDonald's, the underground station and the Hauptbahnhof where we arrived and left and the traffic separating us from our hotel. One hesitates to go beyond the gate and leave this comforting tourist haven.
The great thing about this area in Old Town is that there are several things to see within walking distance and a plethora of restaurants and shopping. The medieval Karlstor is a gate that stands to the western entrance to Old Town in Munich. This gate was originally built in 1781 but had to be rebuilt later in 1861 though it looks new. There are also very cool statues and fountains you will want to get photos of. Michaelskirche, a church built in 1559, is right around the corner. Great shopping area...just about anything you could want....local souveniers, clothing from famous manufacturers, decent prices. Close to Marienplatz
Karlstor is one of the few remaining town gates in Munich. It is pretty interesting to look at. You will definitely walk past it numerous times while visiting Munich. The gate is right near Karlsplatz (Stachus)
Karlstor (Charles Gate) is one of Munich’s town gates which dates back to the 14th century. It was integrated into the square at the Karlsplatz. Today it is one of the busiest pedestrian zones in the city.
Three gates of the demolished medieval fortification have survived to this day - the Isartor in the east, the Sendlinger Tor in the south and the Karlstor in the west of the inner city. The Karlstor is the oldest building at Stachus, a grand square dominated by the Justizpalast (Palace of Justice).This gate was part of a large 14th century city wall which replaced the smaller city wall from the 12th century. The city wall was destroyed at around 1800, and the Karlstor became the center of a new square, Karlsplatz links Neuhauser Strasse to Karlsplatz. Two buildings were built next to the Karlstor, forming a symmetrical halve circle, symbolizing the opening of the city towards the outside.
Karlstor gate which now serves as an fascinating gate to altstadt, has one central Gothic arch entrance for vehicular traffic, and two small Gothic arch pedestrian entrances. The small arches are contained within the twin crenelated defense towers. The gate was built nearly 700 years ago. The gate was contained in the defense ramparts that at one time completely surrounded the city. Unfortunately Karlstor gate was so heavily refurbished and polished up that it no longer looks like a medieval 700 year old gate, but moe like something in Disneyland.
The palace at the right of the gate is clearly of Baroque architecture, but does not display the flambouyant style of the period. It has two identical hexagonal towers with characteristic Bavarian onion or bulbous domes. The gate marks the start of Neuhauserstrasse ( new house street ).
This photo was shot early on an unusually cold Monday morning in late May of 2004. Crews were thoroughly cleaning up the mess left by the crowds the night before. Muenchen is definately a tidy and very clean city, unlike U.S. cities. The signs showing the ' U ' and ' S ' symbols indicates that the adjoining escalator leads to both the U bahn ( subway ) and S bahn ( above ground train ) station of Karlsplatz. The sparkling train station is like a small city, containing a great assortment of shops.
The Karlstor is the gate seen in this photo and it is basically the entrance to Munich's historic core. Just beyond the gate, is Karlsplatz, one of the city's main squares. It is actually more commonly known as Stachus. To me, it's not one of the more appealing squares despite its large fountain and the number of people you'll see here. In fact, it's too busy for me. The traffic is constant and it's not the easiest street to cross (I suggest that you use the U-bahn and cross underground).
If you walk from the main train station, Hauptbahnhof, straight toward Marienplatz, this is about the midway point. Along the way, you'll find some of Munich's most interesting sights.
The huge (at least it looks big!) and nicely built into the walls of the houses flanking it, Karlstor - or Karl’s Gate, as we would say in English - marks the western entrance to the old part of the town. Hence, you can imagine what loads of tourists pass there each day through one of the three entrances :)))
It had a more noble purpose, before, though, having served as part of the medieval fortifications. It did not have the same name then, having been dedicated to Prince Karl Theodore in 1791.
Westerly town gate from 14th century. Incorporated at the end of the 18th century into the square known as "Stachus" (officially Karlsplatz). Today it marks one end of Munich's primary pedestrian zone.
Munich has three remaining town gates, dating from the 14th century. Isartor in the east, Sendlinger Tor in the south and Karlstor in the west.
The Karlstor is part of the square known as "Stachus" (officially Karlsplatz) and marks one end of Munich's primary pedestrian zone.
Look for the other three gates as you traverse your way around the Ring Road encircling the most common tourist visited sites. This gate pictured is Karlstor, located nearest the train station (Hauptbahnhof).
It was in this area I spent a great deal of my time, admiring as many of the sites within Marienplatz and the Pedestrian Zone that 3-days allowed. (didn't quite see them all, either)
Karlstor is entrance to the city's center, and two main streets divide the center in two, from east-to-west.
They are Kaufingerstrasse and Neuhauserstrasse.
Many sites are within easy walking distance along these two streets and through Marienplatz, from Karlstor to Isartor.
The Charles' Gate is a town gate from 14th century. In front of it is the 'Stachus'. Today it marks one end of Munich's primary pedestrian zone.
Numerous street performers and rebuilt architectural wonders just a few steps through these archs, at Mary's Square.
starting at KARLSTOR:
Shopping in KAUFINGER STRASSE (near Marienplatz / Rathaus) !
all U need is there!