Marienplatz

Marienplatz, or Mary's Square, is the heart of Munich. This Munich square is at the center of the pedestrian area of the Munich and most tourists will find themselves there at various times of their visit, or perhaps even every night.

The main draw at Marienplatz is the Glockenspiel in the tower of the New City Hall, or Rathaus, which is built in a Gothic style. It chimes three times every day, and the lifelike figures in the clock joust, dance and eat while spinning around, a truly unique sight! The Glockenspiel in Munich Square was built in 1908 and showcases two levels of dancing figures. The first is the marriage of Duke Wilhelm V, and the corresponding tournament, and the lower story depicts a cooper's dance. The dancing in the Glockenspiel is accompanied by the chiming of the bells in the clock tower. You can even pay to go to the top of the New City Hall clock tower if you would like to enjoy an excellent view of Munich.

Marienplatz gets its name from the column of St Mary at the center of Munich Square. Known as Mariensäule, the column was erected to celebrate the end of the Swedish invasion in 1638, and has a gilded sculpture of Mary on the top.

Marienplatz is the center of the city, and as such is the location for many events and festivals throughout the year. On your visit you might encounter a local festival with stalls and open-air shops, or live brass bands and musicians performing in the square. Marienplatz is also a great place to visit one of the local restaurants, and shop for a few souvenirs.

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