Today, the historic city centre is a transport hub, the epicentre of the pedestrianized area and the centre of culture in the city. Here you will find Munich's second landmark, the neo-Gothic Town Hall, with its elaborately decorated façade where you can experience the world-famous Glockenspiel (chimes) in the tower, which play every day. Also located on Marienplatz are the Fischbrunnen (fish fountain) and Mariensäule, a tall column topped with a golden statue of the Virgin Mary, the patron saint of Bavaria.
Munich’s Town Hall is a particularly impressive building and a well-known and recognised landmark of the city. The Town Hall actually comprises of two buildings. The Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus) at the eastern end of the square was first mentioned in records dating back to 1310. Today it is home to the toy museum (Spielzeugmuseum).
The large neo-Gothic New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) on the northern side of the square was built between 1867 and 1909, it is also noted for its very remarkable carillon. The clock is set in motion each day at 11 a.m., 12 a.m. and, from March to October, at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. The west end of the square marks the start of the pedestrianized zone that is perfect to stroll along and enjoy a little shopping. To the south of Marienplatz is the Viktualienmarkt. Further details here.
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