Considered the heart of Munich, Marienplatz is a busy square full of pedestrians, street performers and tour groups. Peaceful protests often take place here, as do rowdy celebrations when one of the local soccer teams wins.
Marienplatz takes its name from Mariensäule (Mary’s Column), a pillar erected in the square in 1638 to honor St. Mary. The square had been used as a market before the Viktualienmarkt was moved to a larger site in 1807.
In the Christmas season, markets return as a permanent fixture on the Marienplatz. Visit during this time to sip on mulled wine and enjoy the smell of roasted chestnuts and sugared almonds that wafts over the square. Scout through stalls to find handcrafted wooden nativity figures and glass Christmas ornaments to take home. This Christmas market’s origins date back the as far as the 14th century.
The Marienplatz offers a full view of the front of the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall). This council building was built between 1867 and 1909, and its magnificent façade is ornately decorated in the gothic revival style.
Munich’s famous carillon, the Glockenspiel, was built into the New Town Hall in 1908. Take a place on the Marienplatz or find a seat at an outdoor café for a view of the mechanical dancers who perform at 11 a.m. and noon every day, and at 5 p.m. in the summer months. The Glockenspiel’s 32 copper figures represent different times and elements of Munich’s long and textured history. While the figures dance, 43 bells ring out loudly over the square.
The Marienplatz is home to a U-Bahn (subway) station and it is easily accessible by foot within the city. It is often used as a meeting point.
Popular with both business and leisure travelers for its convenient location, the rich in tradition Eden Hotel Wolff sits opposite the train station. Guests can also visit Viktualienmarkt outdoor market, Marienplatz, or raise a glass at Hofbräuhaus beer hall; both are a 20-minute walk away in the Old Town.
Located in Maxvorstadt, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lenbachhaus and Konigsplatz. Old Pinakothek and Odeonsplatz are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Altstadt-Lehel, this luxury hotel is steps from Hofbrauhaus, National Theater Munich, and Cuvillies Theatre. Spielzeugmuseum and Bavarian State Opera are also within 5 minutes.
Located in Ludwigsvorstadt, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of German Theater, Asamkirche, and Church of Our Lady. Marienplatz and New Town Hall - Glockenspiel are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located amid the fashionable shops of Maximilianstrasse, this former royal guest house is 500 meters from Marienplatz, the National Theater, and the English Garden.
Located in Ludwigsvorstadt, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of German Theater and Asamkirche. Marienplatz and Church of Our Lady are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Maxvorstadt, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Spaten Brewery, Marienplatz, and Church of Our Lady. Old Pinakothek and Pinakothek der Moderne are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Altstadt-Lehel, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Church of Our Lady, Marienplatz, and Residenz. New Town Hall - Glockenspiel and Hofbrauhaus are also within 10 minutes.