Karlstor and Karlsplatz - Stachus, Munich
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 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.
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 !
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 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.
The medieval center of Munich is bounded on each side by gates which are still standing today. On the east and west sides of the city center are Karlstor, in Karlsplatz, and Isartor near the river. Between these two gates runs Munich's main pedestrianised shopping street. Sendlingertor can be found to the south of the city, but on the north side Siegestor is far north of Odeonplatz, near the University, on the way to Schwabing. Karlstor is commonly referred to as Stachus, after Eustachius Foederl who ran a beer keller there in the 18th century.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Karlsplatz represents the entrance to the Historic City Centre. 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 it is nice to have a little rest next to the modern fountain.
Karsplatz is a big square with lots of traffic, it's inofficially called "Stachus" (don't know what that's supposed to mean, though). A 14th centurey gate called "Karlstor" separates it from the beginning of "Neuhauser Straße", the central shopping street, which leads to "Marienplatz".