Marienplatz

What is the use of visiting a city without checking out its lifeline? Marienplatz, the square that hosted festivals and tournaments, along with being a marketplace too during the Middle Ages, is considered as the heart of Munich city.

Way back in 1807, the market of Marienplatz shifted over to the closely located Viktualienmarkt, but the square that originally hosted the market was considered as one of the most important parts of the city, with various public events like executions and tournaments being hosted over there.

Marienplatz, Munich

Marienplatz, Munich

There are various locales of tourist interest in this square like the Mariensäule.

Tourists can view this huge stone column, also referred to as the column of St. Mary, located at the center of the square. Then there is the 79 meters tall, Neo-Gothic style, New Town Hall that was built by Georg Joseph Hauberrisser between 1867 and 1909.

Watch out for the famous carillon (also known as Glockenspiel), especially at 11am, 12 noon, and at 5 pm. It is during these hours that the figures perform the Cooper’s dance.

Munich Marienplatz square

Munich Marienplatz square

The Fish Fountain or the Fischbrunnen is a small fountain worth viewing. The Old Town Hall is yet another important tourist spot located in the Marienplatz square.

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