Marienplatz

Marienplatz is the heart of Munich. It’s munich’s major historic center where several important events and festivals take place.

The square is surrounded by many famous historic buildings, special tourists landmarks. It’s also one of the most popular meeting place of munich. There are many cafes, shops, restaurants and markets, which make this large square always full of people and very noisy.

At the center of the square, situated the famous mariensäule status. In 1638, it was implanted in order to celebrate the end of Swedish occupation. The monument consists of a golden statue of St. Mary on a crescent moon and at the bottom are the “four putti” symbolizing what the city has gone through. The lion represents the city’s triumph over war, the cockatrice represents pestilence, the dragon represents famine, and the serpent represents heresy.

Within the Marienplatz, the Rathaus-Glockenspiel is also one of the major touristic attractions of Munich. Visitors will enjoy watching Glockenspiel or carillon shows, everyday at 11am, 12am (and 5pm between March and October). Each show lasts 15min and they’re usually related to the folklore and major events of Munich.

The Glockenspiel is within the chiming clock tower of the New Town Hall ( Neues Rathaus). The New Town Hall is located in the north of the Marienplatz. With its beautiful Flemish Gothic style, the building is one of the most attractive landmarks of the city. With about 90 meters high, the tower includes an accessible observation deck offering astonishing views of the whole city.

Admission:

€ 2.25 per person

Opening hours:

From 10:00 to 19:00 (From 1st May to 30 September)

From 10:00 to 17:00 (From 1st October to 30 April)