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 Famous Places & Buildings

Cathedral dedicated to Our Lady

One of the key landmarks in Munich, the Frauenkirche Cathedral is one not to be missed. The towers of the cathedral stand tall over the city, and can be seen from a great distance around. There are many interesting sights to be seen within the cathedral, including the devil's footprint, the relics of St. Benno, the historic clock and the crypt.

Over the years the cathedral has undergone a number of modifications. The two onion-domed towers that are now such a landmark, and that differ in height by just 12 centimetres, were added at a later date after the cathedral’s construction. Today, the church has seating for a congregation of 20,000 and hosts many concerts and organ recitals due to its beautiful acoustics and striking interior. At the entrance to the cathedral is the famous Devil’s Footprint (Teufelstritt), a curious imprint in the floor which is steeped in myth as to its origin.

The very best vista of both the city of Munich and even the Alps can be enjoyed from the top of the south tower which is open from April to October from Monday to Sunday 10am – 5pm.

Cathedral opening times: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Fridays it closes at 6 p.m. On Thursdays it is open until 8.30 p.m.

If you would like to attend a concert in the cathedral or would like further information about guided tours, please contact our concierge team on +49 89 2125 2110 or at concierge.vierjahreszeiten@kempinski.com.

Image Copyright: Tourismusamt München Christl Reiter and B Geiges


As the name suggests, the Marienplatz Central Square is the most central area of Munich. 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.


Originating as a farmers’ market, today the Viktualienmarkt is a hub of gourmet delights favoured by epicures from all over the world. Set in the heart of Munich’s historic city centre the Viktualienmarkt is a magnet to tourists and locals alike.Gourmets from near and far will all find something here to tempt their palate with a wide range of local and exotic wines, meats, fish, cheeses, bread, fruit, vegetables and spices on display and plenty of opportunities to sample the offerings along the way.

In true Munich tradition there is of course a beer garden at the centre of the market serving beers brewed by the city’s six breweries in rotation.

The market is open Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (closing times can vary).

Image Copyright: Tourismusamt München Lothar Kaster


Built in 1589, the Hofbraeuhaus (Beer Hall) was originally established to provide beer to the court of the Wittelsbachs. Today, the Hofbräuhaus is one of Munich’s most famous landmarks.

The Hofbräuhaus has been a brewery and tavern ever since its construction and must be the most well-known of all of Munich’s historic attractions. Catering for up to 35,000 people a day in its beer hall, tap rooms and beer garden, the Hofbräuhaus on Platzl is most definitely worth a visit. The Bavarian specialities and of course the famous Hofbräu beer served here will give you a great insight into Bavarian cuisine. These are served to the accompaniment of Bavarian music from 9 a.m. to 11.30 p.m. every day.

For further information please go to: www.hofbraeuhaus.de

If you would like to reserve a table at the Hofbräuhaus please contact our concierge team on +49 89 2125 2110 or at concierge.vierjahreszeiten@kempinski.com. They will be happy to help.

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