Marienplatz has long been the nerve centre of the city of Munich.


This pulsing heart of Munich melds the city’s past with its vibrant present. Today, the historic city centre is a transport hub, the epicentre of the pedestrianized area and the centre of culture in the city.


Right at the centre of the square is a statue of the Virgin Mary who is 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 two buildings. The older 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 Town Hall 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 just perfect to stroll along and enjoy a little shopping. To the south of Marienplatz is the Viktualienmarkt. Further details here.


Image Copyright: Tourismusamt München Christl Reiter