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The luck lion

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.

Jun 10, 2004


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.

Apr 01, 2005


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.

Aug 19, 2004


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.

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Nov 29, 2005
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Odeonsplatz... impressive

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).

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Oct 08, 2004


Odeonsplatz is located within walking distance from Marienplatz. The streets near Odeonsplatz have a lot of shopping opportunities. A great photograph spot.

It is the site of many outdoor concerts and other city activities during the summer.

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Aug 08, 2003

Odeonsplatz - Italian architecture

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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Apr 18, 2004

Statue of King Ludwig I

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.

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Inspired by Italian boulevards Ludwig I. built a huge avenue in Munich's heart in 1817. It starts at the Feldherrenhalle (Monument of the Bavarian Army) at the northern end of the Altstadt and leads to the Siegestor (Victory Arch). Here you find numerous Renaissance and Baroque buildings, like the University, St. Kajetan Church or St Ludwig's Church.

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May 27, 2004

Pretty plaza

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.

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Nov 16, 2007

My favorite place in Munich

So much see here at the Odeonsplatz.The Residenz ,Feldherrenhalle,Theatinerkirche etc......The Ludwigstrasse starts at the Odeonsplatz and ends at the Siegestor.This grand boulevard has Italian style buildings running each side.

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Sep 21, 2013

Schwabinger Tor

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

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Jun 26, 2012

Things To Do Near Odeonsplatz

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Staatliches Museum Aegyptischer Kunst - State Museum of Egyptian Art

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Residence - Residenz

The Munich Residence is a complex of buildings and courtyards that was the home of the Wittelsbach dynasty of dukes, electors and finally kings of Bavaria from 1385 to 1918, when the last Wittelsbach...
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Spielzeugmuseum - Toy Museum

I have never been inside, but I plan to go every time I pass this museum, which is located next to the town hall! The building looks wonderful and the idea of a toy museum really appeals to me! If I...
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Hard Rock Cafe

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In the early 19th century the Bavarian Royal Family was related to the Greek Royal Family, so this square was designed in 1812 with the intention of bringing some Greek atmosphere to Bavaria. During...
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Frauenkirche - Cathedral Church of Our Lady

In the center of Munich, near Marienplatz and the Nationaltheater, is the Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), which dates from 1488. After climbing a couple flights of stairs you reach an elevator...
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