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Marienplatz (Mary's Square) is the pivotal main square of Munich, where pedestrians, street performers and tour groups gather to enjoy the atmosphere or see the city’s sights. Considered the heart of Munich, this square often hosts peace protests or rowdy celebrations when the local soccer team is victorious.
The name of Marienplatz derives from Mariensäule (Mary’s Column), a 17th-century pillar monument dedicated to St. Mary erected in the square. This space was the site of the Viktualienmarkt market before it moved to a larger site in 1807.
Over Christmas, stalls and displays pop up around Marienplatz. Browse displays of toasted chestnuts and sugared almonds that produce a delicious aroma, or warm up with a sip of mulled wine. Stalls sell a range of Christmas ornaments and miniature nativity scenes. The origins of this Christmas market date back as far as the 14th century
Admire the façade of the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) as you walk around the plaza. Built between 1867 and 1909, this council building was designed with the decorative and ornate styles of the gothic revival.
Look up to the New Town Hall’s famous carillon, the Glockenspiel, which was constructed in 1908. Find a spot in Marienplatz or take a seat at one of many outdoor café’s around the square to watch the Glockenspiel show, held a few times a day. Enjoy the mechanical performance of puppet dancers who announce the hour at 11 a.m. and noon every day, or at 5 p.m. in the summer months. The 32 copper figures that wiggle and wave represent distinctive times and elements of Munich’s fascinating history. If you don’t see the show, listen out for the 43 bells that ring out loudly over the square.
The Marienplatz is located in central Munich and can be accessed by its adjacent U-Bahn (subway) station. Alternatively, get there on foot from most areas of the city. This meeting spot is a popular starting point for city tours.
There are loads of cool ways to experience Marienplatz. Here's a list of some of the best ones:
For even more things to do, have a look at our Munich things to do page.
Located near the slopes, this Munich City Centre hotel is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), Town Hall of Marienplatz, and Old Pinakothek. New Pinakothek and Residenz are also within 1 mi (2 km). Central U-Bahn and Munich Central Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Munich City Centre, this hotel is steps from Asamkirche and Sendlinger Tor. Rathaus-Glockenspiel and Marienplatz are also within 10 minutes. Sendlinger Gate U-Bahn is only a 4-minute walk and Karlsplatz (Stachus) Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Munich City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Gasteig, Deutsches Museum, and Isar Tor. Viktualienmarkt and Hofbrauhaus are also within 1 mi (2 km). Rosenheimer Platz Station is only a 2-minute walk and Isartor Station is 11 minutes.
Located in Munich City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Hofbrauhaus, National Theater Munich, and Cuvillies Theatre. Spielzeugmuseum and Bavarian State Opera are also within 5 minutes. Marienplatz Station is only a 3-minute walk and Odeonsplatz U-Bahn is 8 minutes.
Located in Munich City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Karlsplatz - Stachus and Koenigsplatz. Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche) and Technical University of Munich are also within 15 minutes. Central U-Bahn and Munich Central Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Munich City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from National Theater Munich and Hofbrauhaus. Residenz and Rathaus-Glockenspiel are also within 10 minutes. Marienplatz Station is 6 minutes by foot and Lehel U-Bahn is 7 minutes.
Located in Munich City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Isar Tor, Hofbrauhaus, and Viktualienmarkt. Rathaus-Glockenspiel and Marienplatz are also within 10 minutes. Isartor Station and Marienplatz Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Munich City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Paul's Church and Theresienwiese. Karlsplatz - Stachus and Sendlinger Tor are also within 15 minutes. Theresienwiese U-Bahn is only a 4-minute walk and Central U-Bahn is 8 minutes.