Marienplatz, Munich

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    Christmas Market at Marienplatz

    by FilipDemuinck Written Jan 9, 2010

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    The "Münchner Christkindlmarkt"or the Christmas market is enchanting. Lights everywhere, small wooden shops on the street selling Christmas souvenirs, winter clothing, candles and many more. The Glühwein and Beer are richly available. Cheers.

    Marienplatz is right in the heart of Munich. The main building on Marienplatz is the Town Hall with its 85 meter high tower. It was build at the end of the 19th century in Gothic style. The carillon with 42 bells and 32 copper statues come to live at noon and at five. This is one of main tourist attractions of Munich. The other building in the pictures is the old Town Hall build in the 15th century.

    The pictures of the colourful buildings were taken in the Kaufingerstrasse. This is the main shopping street of Munich. It is a dream for everyone that likes shopping. There you can find all you desire, designer clothing, sourvenirs, electronics, huge high quality department stores... Don't leave your wife alone here, and certainly not with your credit card.

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    1-Day Munich: City Center / Marienplatz

    by sfwinegirl Written Sep 11, 2009

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    Munich is the 3rd most populous city in Germany and the capital of the federal state of Bavaria. The city itself is made up of historic buildings and impressive architecture, as much of Munich was reconstructed after World World II. National Geographic Traveler ranked Munich at number 30 out of top 100 historical destinations around the world.

    One can spend many days discovering Munich… think BMW, beergarden, lederhosen, traditional Bavarian dishes… Mmmm. So far I’ve spent over a month in Munich, over 3 or 4 trips and it’s one of my favorite cities to visit and work in. This will be first of many 1-day itineraries for this fabulous city and I’ll start with the city center or better known as Marienplatz.

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    Palace of justice

    by mvtouring Updated Nov 8, 2008

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    A really lovely building and one I admired very much. The palace of justice was erected between 1891-97 and designed by Friedrich von Thiersch. He combined some Renaissance and Baroque elements, giving the building this great feel about it.
    It is the seat of Bavaria's highest court, so make sure that you visit it as a tourist, not as a criminal.

    Palace of justice

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    Marienplatz

    by mvtouring Updated Nov 8, 2008

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    A lovely sunny day when we arrived in Munich on our way to Weilheim. This ever-popular central square of Munich with the impressive huge Neo-Gothic Rathaus (Town Hall) and its famous Glockenspiel is visited and photographed by every tourist to this city.

    This is the place for many celebrations and activities throughout the year.

    Just off it you will find a fantastic open air market on Saturdays selling the freshest of fruits and other delights.

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    Glockenspiel

    by TygerLyn Written Sep 15, 2008

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    In the Marienplatz, Munichs most famous site centrally (don't say the Olympia Stadium is, I have said Centrally) and you will hear just about tongue from around the world. Quite spectacular and definitely easy to see.

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    The Old Town Center

    by hquittner Written Jul 31, 2008

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    This is the old town center and empties into the pedestrian concourse consisting of Kaufingerstrasse which connects east to Neubauer and east to the Tal. On the east side of the square is a great department store. The activity in the square is greatest at 11AM, 5PM and 11PM (and noon in tourist season) when the carillon and automated figures perform on the face of the Neue Rathaus (Town Hall) Tower looking out on the square. Before the tower is the Mariensaule, a column of Thanksgiving, and to the east the Alte Rathaus. Before and after the show various street performers attract money from the crowd as they wait. Before Christmas there is a Christkindlmarkt and stalls are placed in the square and walking streets. (These features are covered in separate Tips).

    The Square and Mariensaule A View Toward the Neue Rathaus A View Toward the Alte Rathaus Christkindlmarkt in the Square Street Performer
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    Heart of Munich

    by enjoytravelling Written May 25, 2008

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    I loved very much this pedestrian area full of life in the very heart of Munich. However, the Glockenspiel dissapointed me a bit, since I expected more from the 'performance' and I found it not so worthwhile.

    The view from the top of the 'Rathaus' is very nice. Ticket 2€.

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    Marienplatz at night

    by azz8206 Updated Mar 24, 2008

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    Marienplatz has got a great atmosphere at night. You can sit down at any of the cafes outside and listen to a musician or if your like me and you prefer a pint you can head to one of the beer halls in the area although it can get quite smoky in the hall. And make sure to go on a Friday or Saturday night .

    The Frauenkirche (Cathedral of our Blessed Lady)
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    Most famous street in Munich

    by seasonedveteran Written Mar 9, 2008

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    Shown in the picture is Marienplatz. I love Bayern, lived a year there, and visited munich three times. Once, in dreary winter weather, but i was so excited i still went, second, to see the Neuschwanstein castle nearby, third to see the Deutsche Technische Museum. Every time it was mandatory to make a visit to marienplatz. Walk down this amazing street and see the weatlh of bavaria, nice people, until you reach the Town hall (Das Rathaus) Es ist wunderbar!
    Get yourself a german glass boot like i did, see whats going on in the square next to the edifying town hall, as long as there are not dominatrix and gays/lesbians gathering for a parade like when i went ARGGGH!, and see the Frauenkirche as well, which you can take an elevator to the top (Yes, there is an elevator!!)

    Do some shopping, talk to the locals (germans are amazing people i think youll find), and why not go into a bierhall for your first Mass of beer!!

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    christmas markets

    by Puckfair Written Jan 7, 2008

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    this was the reason we were here and it was exactly what i hoped for and more
    its the atmosphere , it seems very local orientated people buying their xmas trees, drinking the gluwein , mulled wine to u and me
    eating the roasted chestnuts or mandels
    buying the decorations for the tree,

    it is a lovely area there were loads of stalls and to be honest u could not buy everything u saw
    good things are the gingerbread treats which range from 2.50 euros up to 10 euros depending on size
    decorations varied from 50 cent upwards as dear as u can go however u'd have to consider how u would fit them in to the suitcases afterwards

    when u are at the new townhall and go right - u keep walking downtowards karlplatz and there was an out door ice rink ,greatif u can skate otherwise expect bruises

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    The Heart of Munich & The Glockenspiel

    by Donna_in_India Written Jan 6, 2008

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    Marienplatz is one of Munich's central squares - a pedestrian zone with shops, restaurants, churches, a market, street performers, etc. You can easily spend a couple of hours here wandering around, shopping, stopping in at the churches, having a beer at an outdoor cafe.

    One of the big attractions of Marienplatz is the Glockenspiel. There are performances at 11, 12, and 5. Hordes of people will form in front of the Rathaus. Carved wood figures a story high will joust and dance - revolving to the music. It's very touristy and even a little boring, but it's world famous and you will go and watch anyway!

    Sunning in Marienplatz Glockenspiel Street Performer Sidewalk Painter
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    Marienplatz - the heart of the city

    by longsanborn Updated Jan 3, 2008

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    At the city centre is the Marienplatz, Munich's central square. Here, you can see the the Old and New Town Hall, with a Marien Column in the centre of the square. This is also a popular meeting place for tourists and locals alike. It is easy to get to and equally easy to find.

    The Marien tower contains the Rathaus-Glockenspiel, an ornate clock with almost life-sized moving figures that show scenes from a medieval jousting tournament as well as a performance of the famous "Schäfflertanz" (translated "Barrel-makers' dance"). At 11am and 12 noon every day, people gather in front of the New Town Hall to witness 10 minutes of animated show. I found it to be quite interesting.

    Also, one of the prettiest Christmas markets in Germany is held here in the Marienplatz. If you have a chance to visit Munich in December, go and see the Christmas markets in and around Marienplatz.

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    Wandering Around Marianplatz Square

    by flyingscot4 Updated Nov 9, 2007

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    Like many European cities, Munich is a wanderer's paradise. It is flat and very easy to walk (remember that to walk on cobblestone streets, you will need thick-soled walking shoes). Also, it is a wonderful city to tour with a bicycle. If that is not your thing, make sure you stay out of bicycle lanes and watch behind you on your left and right.

    The area around Marianplatz is filled with places to see. There are shops to stick your head into, gasthauses with every kind of Bavarian beer, wonderful restaurants for all palates, churches and cathedrals, department stores, and even a museum or two, all within a block of Marianplatz. One can climb to the towers of the Neues Rathaus (New City Hall), the Frauenkirche, and Peterskirch for birds eye views of Munich or just wander around for a ground level view.

    Tower of Heiliggeistkirche Just across from the The Alte Rathaus (Old City Hall) The clock on the tower of the Alte Rathaus
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    Column of Virgin Mary

    by nicolaitan Updated Oct 16, 2007

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    The Virgin Mary has been regarded as the patroness of Bavaria for over 400 years. During the 1630's Munich faced not only advancing Swedish armies bent on destruction but also the plague in which a third of the populace died. The Swedish were bribed to save the city and the plague resolved. In thanks, Elector Maximilian took the gilded oversized figure from the Frauenkirche and had constructied a column on the main square. It has remained the central site of devotion for Bavarian Catholics. Do note at the base four angels battling the four great enemies -- war, hunger, disease, and most important to the Wittelsbach the ultimate devil Martin Luther.
    The square was named Marienplatz in 1854. It is also the central site for measuring highway distances, point zero, in Bavaria.
    It has served as a focal point for important events since its construction. There have been many papal visits since Pope Pius VI in 1782 including John Paul II in 1980. Current Pope Benedict XVI made his last official act as cardinal of Munich 1982 a prayer at this site before leaving to serve in Rome as well as his first act upon returning as Pope in 2006. The armies which left to fight the Ottoman Empire in the late 17th Century left from this symbol of Bavarian Catholicism.
    The Nazis intrusion into the life of German citizens included a ban on public Catholic prayer. Silent prayer passing the Mariensaule was a token protest. During the war, the column was removed to safety and replaced amidst the ruins in 1945 by Cardinal Michael Faulhaber. It's currrent site reflects placement after removal for construction of the subway in 1970. The Column of Mary is and remains the focal point for the Bavarian veneration of the Virgin today.

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    Awesome Marienplatz or St. Marys Square

    by culgharper Written Sep 9, 2007

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    Marienplatz is Munichs bustling and historic central square. We were there during November when the Christmas Fair was going on. Very festive but very cold... Easy to get to with public transportation and everything is right there within walking distance. Shops, restaurants, historic buildings, statues. It is anchored by the Neues Rathaus or New Town Hall. You'll find it safe, interesting and lots of people, including families. We ate at the Rathskeller several times and really enjoyed the food and atmosphere (could be romantic if you weren't with kids ). In the middle of Marienplatx is the golden statue of the Virgin....

    Marienplatz, Golden statue of the Virgin Courtyard at the Neues Rathaus Neues Rathaus Door leading to courtyard at New Town Hall
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