Marienplatz, Munich

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    The beautiful fish fountain and its legends

    by Trekki Updated Aug 10, 2016

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    This beautiful fountain is a popular meeting place for locals and visitors alike. Obviously it also seems to be famous for some questionable stags (aka stag party guys) who appear in ridiculous costumes and jump in. What these don’t know (I am sure they don’t know, because too much alcohol seems to transform into ignoramuses) is that the jumping into this fountain has a long history.

    Ok, I must be politically correct: this is not the original fountain from 1318, but a much newer post-war version, however with parts of the original pre-war fountain. There was a fountain since mid 14th century, because Marienplatz was where markets were held since the middle ages. During the Thirty Years War, Black Death decimated Europe’s population dramatically and people stayed in their houses as long as they could. In Munich too. Only in 1635, so says the legend, the vat makers’ and the butchers’ guild screwed up their courage, left their homes, danced and sang around in Munich’s streets to cheer up the locals and to show that the disease should be over. The butchers also jumped into this fountain to show that the water is clean enough.

    Up to today, both, vat makers and butchers have kept this singing, dancing and jumping as tradition. The butchers celebrate the end of their young fellows apprenticeships by having them jump into the fish fountain. This happens every third year, in September.

    In addition, there is another legend in context to the fish fountain. On Ash Wednesday the mayor washes his wallet in the fountain, symbolically. This shall bring money into the city household.

    In my opinion the best view of the fountain is from above. The water looks beautifully turquoise. And also from here it is obvious how beautiful the basin is. However, I doubt that stags and hens and any other ignoramuses will ever go up on the city hall tower. It might prevent them from doing silly binge drink jumps during their parties......

    This fountain is also one of the few in Munich which is being fed in winter. This makes nice photo opportunities (see my last photo).

    Location of fish fountain on Bing Maps.

    © Ingrid D., August 2016 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)

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    Marienplatz - a hive of activity

    by Chinggis_n_Borte Written Dec 21, 2015

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    Marienplatz was buzzing with activity when we went on Saturday 7 November 2015. There were so many people, tourists and locals alike strolling along the pedestrianized thoroughfare.

    The crowds were also boosted by the fact that there was going to be a football/soccer match with the city’s famous team, Bayern-Munich that day. We saw lots of people wearing team colours.

    Marienplatz means Mary’s Square.

    Marienplatz was named after the Mariensäule, or Mary’s Column, a column erected to celebrate the end of Swedish occupation during the Thirty Years’ War.

    The Mariensäule is topped by a golden statue of the Virgin Mary standing on a crescent moon as the Queen of Heaven.

    Mariensäule was the first column of this type built north of the Alps.

    At each corner of the Mary column's pedestal is a statue of a “putto”, created by Ferdinand Murmann. The four “putti” are each fighting a different beast, symbolizing the city's overcoming of adversities: war represented by the lion, pestilence by the cockatrice, hunger or famine by the dragon and heresy by the serpent.

    The figure was originally located in the Frauenkirche but was later moved to Marienplatz.

    In the Middle Ages markets and tournaments were held in this city square.

    The New City Hall (Neues Rathaus) is on one side of Marienplatz.

    The Glockenspiel in the tower of the new city hall draws huge crowds.

    The Old City Hall (Altes Rathaus) is located at Marienplatz too.

    There is a pedestrian zone between Karlsplatz and Marienplatz, and there are many shops and restaurants and cafes.

    The Marienplatz S-Bahn and U-Bahn stations are located at or below the square.

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    The hearth of Munich

    by albert34 Written Jun 1, 2015

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    Marienplatz i s the most popular place.The meeting point where a lot of people converge daily.The very hearth of Múnich.Something similar to Puerta del Sol in Madrid or Times Square in N.York..
    There,the New Town Hall is famous for the clock figures that go round 3 times a day.The high column of Virgin Mary and the Old Town Hall on the east side of the square.

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    Rathaus-Glockenspiel

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 21, 2015

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    Daily a peal from a chiming clock with 32 figures almost in human growth represent stages from history of city. Rathaus-Glockenspiel Every day at 11 a.m. (as well as 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. in summer) it chimes and re-enacts two stories from the 16th century to the amusement of mass crowds of tourists and locals. It consists of 43 bells and 32 life-sized figures. The top half of the Glockenspiel tells the story of the marriage of the local Duke Wilhelm V (who also founded the world famous Hofbräuhaus) to Renata of Lorraine. In honour of the happy couple there is a joust with life-sized knights on horseback representing Bavaria (in white and blue) and Lothringen (in red and white).

    You can watch my 2 min 28 sec Video Munchen Marienplatz in the evening out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

    Directions: You can watch my photo of Munich on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 48° 8' 14.03" N 11° 34' 32.04" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Neue Rathaus 3 .

    Website: http://www.panorama-cities.net/munich/town_hall.html

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    Maria's Column

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 21, 2015

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    Marienplatz is obliged its name to Maria's column which was created in the center of the square by Gubert Gerhard in 1638 as a token of gratitude for mercy of city during the Swedish occupation.
    Mariensäule in Munich was the first column of this type built north of the Alps and inspired erecting other Marian columns in this part of Europe.

    You can watch my 2 min 28 sec Video Munchen Marienplatz in the evening out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

    Directions: You can watch my photo of Munich on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 48° 8' 14.19" N 11° 34' 31.27" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Neue Rathaus 1 .

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    Marienplatz

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 21, 2015

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    Marienplatz is the center of Munich from the basis of the city by Henry Lion in 1158. Prior to the beginning of XIX century grain and country markets took place at Marienplatz. In the Middle Ages it was a place of knightly tournaments. An outstanding creation of construction at Marienplatz is the New Town hall - Rathaus, which was constructed under the order of the king Ludwig I.

    You can watch my 2 min 52 sec Video Munchen Marienplaz out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

    Directions: You can watch my photo of Munich on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 48° 8' 14.29" N 11° 34' 30.86" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Marienplatz .

    Website: http://marienplatz.de/

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    Marienplatz.

    by IreneMcKay Written Aug 10, 2013

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    Marienplatz Square used to be a market place, but then in 1807 Marienplatz's market moved to the nearby Viktualienmarkt. The large column at the center of the square is the column of St. Mary. It was built in 1638. On top of it there is a statue of the Virgin Mary dating from 1590.

    Marienplatz is the site of Munich's old and new town halls. It is dominated by the New Town Hall. The new town hall was built between 1867 and 1909 by Georg Joseph Hauberrisser. At 11, 12 and 17 o'clock each day, visitors can watch the famous Glockenspiel or carillon.

    Near the town hall is a small fountain, the Fischbrunnen or Fish Fountain. This was designed by sculptor Konrad Knoll in 1864. The fountain was destroyed during World War II. It was rebuilt in 1954.

    The original Old Town Hall was completely destroyed by fire in 1460. Between 1470 and 1480, the old town hall was rebuilt by Jörg von Halsbach. It was rebuilt again after World War 11.

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    Marienplatz

    by mindcrime Written Feb 6, 2013

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    Taking the train from the airport we got off at Marienplatz in the city center, probably the most popular place all over Munich.

    Pic 1 was taken from the stairs as we were approaching the ground level. It’s the Old Town Hall (Alte Rathhaus ) on the east side of the square. It was built in late 15th century by Jorg von Halspack and was Munich’s Town Hall until 1874. The gateways were added in late 19th century to serve the traffic flow. The building was destroyed during WWII but was renovated in the original style again, probably that’s why it looks newer than the new one :) Inside the bell tower you can find a small Toy Museum (open daily 10.00-17.00)

    Surprisingly the New Town Hall (Neue Rathaus ) is much more interesting (pic 2). It was built in 1867 (finished in 1908) in gothic style and it’s famous for the clock with the figures that go round daily at 11.00, 12.00, 17.00, At that time many visitors gather to see it.

    Just in front of the New Town Hall is Mariensaule, a high column with a gilded statue of Virgin Mary (pics 3-4), hence the name of the square (Our Lady square). The column with the statue was erected in 1638 to commemorate the end of Swedish occupation during the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648).

    Marienplatz was the main market square since 1158 when people gathered here to shop but also to watch several medieval tournaments. Even today the square can get packed. We were there some days before Christmas, the square was fully decorated and there were numerous stalls with candys, warm wine etc People (locals and tourists) were trying to move slowly as it was packed (pic 5), taking pictures or just enjoying the buzz, we stood there for some minutes too but then we tried to escape to more comfortable area of Munich :)

    Address: Marienplatz

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    Marienplatz-Walk the square rounding corners

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 23, 2012

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    The square is nice to see. Get a place arranged ahead of time before people come to take the picture of the clock show at 11AM, 12 noon, and 5PM hours. The real beauty is in the square itself and the adjacent shopping market in the rear. It is used daily by locals, and tourists to buy goods.
    The square is named after the gilded statue of the Virgin Mary that has been there over 3 centuries; erected in 1638 as a dedication of thanksgiving to commemorate the end the Thirty Year War.
    In the midst of this square is the New Residence, the Alte Hof, Rathaus, and many churches,

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    most popular area is marienplatz

    by S.VTM Written Jun 12, 2012

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    * most popular area in munich is marienplatz

    * July Festivals und Events in Munich

    June 29 - July 7, 2012 30TH MUNICH FILM FESTIVAL
    The international film scene presents itself in Munich. Venues: Gasteig Kulturzentrum and many cinemas along the "Isar mile".

    July 7 + 8, 2012 CLASSICAL MUSIC ON THE ODEONSPLATZ
    Munich's great annual open-air concert of classical music is one of Munich's cultural summer highlights.

    July 5 - July , 30, 2012 TOLLWOOD SUMMER FESTIVAL
    Multicultural event with music, theater, culinary specialities. Venue: At the southern end of the Olympic Park.

    for more info http://www.munich-touristinfo.de/events.htm

    I hope that helpfull ,, have a nice trip Slavica

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    Mariensaul

    by black_mimi99 Written Apr 27, 2012

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    In the center of the Marienplatz, you’ll find the Mariensaule, the column of St. Mary, which was erected in 1683; topped by the golden statue of Virgin Mary, the column celebrated the end of the Swedish invasion during the 30 Years' War.

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    Old Town "Marienplatz"

    by black_mimi99 Written Apr 27, 2012

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    Marienplatz – Mary’s Square is the central square in the heart of Munich. From here, we explore many old and wonderful buildings, churches and landmarks. Marienplatz houses the Mariensäule, the Marian Column topped with the golden statue of Virgin Mary, and it is also home to the Old and the New Town Hall of Munich.
    Dating back to the 12th century, Marienplatz used to be home to medieval markets, celebrations, and tournaments; today, the square is a a popular meeting point for locals and tourists alike.

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    Golden Statue

    by Maryimelda Written Mar 14, 2012

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    The beautiful Marian statue is fashioned in gold and stands tall on the square right outside the Rathaus. It dates back to the 17th century and was built to commemorate the end of the Thirty Years War with Sweden. it is so bright and shiny that it looks to be much newer than it really is.

    Gold statue of Mary.
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    Mariensäule

    by slothtraveller Updated May 20, 2011

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    This column is located just outside the town hall on Marienplatz. On the top of the column there is a golden statue of the Virgin Mary. It dates from 1638 and was erected to celebrate the end of Swedish occupation during the Thirty Years War.

    Address: Marienplatz

    Directions: In the square opposite near the New Town Hall.

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    Mechanical Clock

    by painterdave Updated Sep 26, 2010

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    Coming out of the subway at Marienplatz you will find yourself at the Rathaus. Placed high above on the front of the Rathaus is the famous mechanical clock which attracts visitors to watch the life size figures dance, joust on horseback and many more movements. The clock has 43 bells and 32 life-sized figures in a 260 foot tower, which reenacts two scenes from Munich's history.
    The whole feature takes about 15 minutes as each part has its solitary performance. Just as you think it is over, there is more.
    It is worth it to see more at:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rathaus-Glockenspiel
    and find out its history. It is the largest of all clocks in Europe, and if you are in Munich, don't miss the performances.

    The clock performances are at 11am, noon, and 5:00pm in the summertime.

    Another way to see the clock is to go into the Hugendubel bookshop just across the street and climb to the third floor.

    Address: Front of Rathaus

    Directions: Be sure and visit the open air market on the way to Hofbrau Haus. While facing the clock, turn 90 degrees to the right and follow the crowds through the portal and then to the right.

    Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rathaus-Glockenspiel

    Rathaus Glockenspiel
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