This gate entry from the north side is a monument to the good times even back in the 14th century. It was demolished in 1800's to expand the city center and Felderrnhalle took its place in 1844, with the gate moved out farther
On the Odeonsplatz stands a statue of King Ludwig I. He was King of Bavaria from 1825-1848. He was a great art lover and appreciator of Greek and Italian architecture. This explains the abundance of neoclassical buildings in Munich that were built during his reign.
The statue was built by Max von Widnmann in 1862 in King Ludwig's honour.
This square was redesigned by Hitler in the 1930's and shows his taste in architecture
Check out the before and after photos in the really interesting Third Reich in Ruins website.
We strolled through the Odeonsplatz in Munich while sightseeing. There wasn't much going on but it was a nice place - some statues and a large expanse of plaza.
Also present, a much needed porto-o-potty which I made use of.
Although planned and built by Germans, in this the most German of cities, the Odeonplatz is extraordinarily reminiscent of Italy. And that is because it is meant to be. The square is flanked on both sides by the naples yellow of the Baroque, copper domed Theatiner Church on one side, and the Rennaissance palace with its Italianate court garden on the other. It is anchored by the Feldherrnhall, a tri-arched platform for a statue of Ludwig himself. This building is very eye catching, and was modelled on the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence. Stretching out to the north towards Schwabing is Ludwigstrasse, a wide boulevard, which is bordered by some of the most impressive buildings in Munich.
Ludwigstraße must be one of the nicest streets of Munich. It starts (or ends?) at Odeonsplatz and ends (or starts?) at the Siegestor.
The streets if full of Renaissance facades and with this very plain and balanced. There's no trees or anything destroying this impression.
In the middle you will find the university as well as the Ludwigskirche - my favourite church in Munich - with its two towers and massive facade. It looks most impressive when coming down Schellingstraße.
Leaving the subway at Odeonsplatz I was really impressed of all these huge buildings around here. And besides there starts this long big avenue unto to the Siegestor. Around the Odeonsplatz you find an entrance to teh "Englischer Garten", you see the "Feldherrenhalle", the "Residenz" buildings start here and there is the St. Kajetan church (Theatinerkirche).
Odeonsplatz is my favourite square in Munich. It's surrounded by beautiful buildings like the Theatinerkirche or the Residenz, there's historic buildings like the Feldherrenhalle and even the pavement is worth a look.
From here you can go into the Hofgarten or down beautiful Ludwigstraße, you can hang around the cafes or stroll to Marienplatz.
It is its role as the endpoint of Adolf Hitler’s Beer Hall Putsch on November 8 and 9 of 1923 for which this square is most remembered today. Following a long night of agitation the revolutionaries were parading toward the Ministry of War on Schönfeldstrasse on the morning of the 9th when they were confronted with a police barricade spread out across Odeonsplatz. Sixteen persons (15 Nazis and a waiter) and four police officers were killed in the subsequent riots and once the Nazis came to power, in 1933, the square became a kind of shrine to the fallen Nazi “martyrs.” National Socialist flags covered the hall and a small monument was set up on its east wall. All passers-by were required on threat of arrest to greet the honor guard posted there with a Nazi salute. During this time the bronze lions’ noses on the shields that guard the entrances to the Residenz across the street became symbols of resistance to the Nazis. Many residents would salute the guards, and then walk across the street to touch the lion’s nose to indicate their support of the monarchy, a practice that, minus the salute, continues today.
People who didn't want to do the Nazi salute at all could pass behind the monument, through a small pass. This one has a pavement made of stones and, at the time, someone replace a couple of stones with pieces of bronze. This metal is grey when just worked, becomes green with time and it's golden when polished. And these bronze stones were always golden. This was the way for the Bavarians to show that many persons didn't agree with the regime, preferring to pass by the small pass instead of doing the Nazi greeting.
A note on the number of killed Nazis: Only 15 Nazis were shot. The 16th was a poor waiter who poked his head out the door. But when the nazis were designing and building the "ehrentemple" on the königsplatzt (the overgrow stone plinthes on either side of the briennerstrasse), and wanting a symetrical body arrangement, they posthumously elevated the waiter to a nazi party member.
Odeonsplatz is a place full of monuments and sights. Look down the magnificent Ludwigstrasse, another creation by King Ludwig I. and sometimes called the "German Champs Elysee". Admire the golden Baroque Theatinerkirche, the first Baroque church north of the Alps, or study the history of the Feldherrenhalle, where Hitler once marched to. This is a copy of the Loggia di Lanzi in Florence. Odeonsplatz really feels like Italy.
And don't miss the beautiful Hofgarten next to the Residenz!
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