The Marienplatz is the central square in Munich that sees the most foot traffic and is the most well-liked by the locals.
The name of the square comes from the Virgin Mary statue that has been in this square for a significant amount of time.
Since the beginning of time, Marienplatz has been the city's main public square, and all of the city's markets have always been held there. Even in modern times, this is a popular destination for shopping, as it features a multitude of boutiques and stores, in addition to a variety of restaurants and pubs that cater to the needs of hungry shopaholics.
The magnificent neo-gothic Neue Rathaus (New Town Hall), also known as the 'New Town Hall,' dominates the northern portion of the square, while the majestic Alter Rathaus (Old Town Hall) is located on the east side of the square. These buildings are collectively known as the 'New Town Hall.'
The Glockenspiel in the tower of the New Town Hall in Munich is not only one of the largest in Europe with its 43 bells but also one of the most popular sights in the city. The tower of the New Town Hall in Munich is home to the Glockenspiel.
It is the location where the historically significant carillon (Glockenspiel) plays twice a day.
This neighborhood is the beating heart of Munich and is home to a wide variety of street performers, including everything from mimes to musicians. Whether it's the Christmas market, the city's anniversary celebrations, the Glockenspiel, championship celebrations for FC Bayern, or public gatherings for various occasions, there's always something happening in this world-famous square.
Every December, a flea market known as the Christkindlmarkt is held in the square; if you are in town during the holiday season, you must pay a visit to this market.
Visitors can see performances every day at 11 am and 12 pm, and from March until October, there is also a carillon performance that takes place every day at 5 pm.
The observation deck in the New City Hall tower offers a breathtaking panorama of the historic district, reduces the size of the crowd gathered on Marienplatz to that of ants and features an elevator for easy access.
You could also go to the Old Peter, which has a tower that is 50 meters high and can be climbed after traversing 306 steps in a narrow stairwell. There is a perfect view of the old town from every angle when the weather is clear, and the Fohn wind is blowing. It is also possible to see the Alps from this vantage point.
These days, you can enjoy a calming cup of coffee while sitting in the shadows of the Neues and Altes Rathaus (New and Old Town Halls) in the center of Berlin and watching the bustle and activity going on around you.
Additionally, it is the ideal location to start a tour of the shops located in the pedestrian zone or on the Viktualienmarkt. Some of the most well-known shopping streets in the area are Kaufingerstraße, Neuhauser Straße, Sendlinger Straße, and Theatinerstraße.
The shopping arcades of Munich and famous neighborhoods such as the Fünf Hofe are within easy walking distance.
In addition, the Maximilianstrasse, the National Theatre, the Munich Kammerspiele, the Residenztheater, the Frauenkirche, and the Hofbrauhaus are all located within a short walking distance from Marienplatz.
Marienplatz, 80331 München, Germany