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Marienplatz

Delight in the energetic atmosphere of Munich’s central square, where Christmas stalls, gothic-style buildings and the city’s famous carillon each add to its old-town charms.  

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. 


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Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski München $336
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Maximilianstr. 17, Munich, BY
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Munich City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Munich Kammerspiele Schauspielhaus and Hofbrauhaus. Marienplatz and Viktualienmarkt are also within 10 minutes. Marienplatz Station is 6 minutes by foot and Lehel U-Bahn is 7 minutes.

    Platzl Hotel $169
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    Platzl Hotel

    Sparkassenstraße 10, Munich, BY
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      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.

      Hotel Bayerischer Hof $329
      Hotel Bayerischer Hof

      Hotel Bayerischer Hof

      Promenadeplatz 2-6, Munich, BY
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Munich City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), Marienplatz, and Hofbrauhaus. Viktualienmarkt and Odeonsplatz are also within 10 minutes. Lenbachplatz Tram Stop is only a 4-minute walk and Odeonsplatz U-Bahn is 6 minutes.

        Sofitel Munich Bayerpost $243
        Sofitel Munich Bayerpost

        Sofitel Munich Bayerpost

        Bayerstrasse 12, Munich, BY
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Munich City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Marienplatz, Pinakothek der Moderne, and Residenz. Hofbrauhaus and Deutsches Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km). Central U-Bahn and Munich Central Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          Mandarin Oriental, Munich $590
          Mandarin Oriental, Munich

          Mandarin Oriental, Munich

          Neuturmstr. 1, Munich, BY
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Munich City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hofbrauhaus, Viktualienmarkt, and Marienplatz. Residenz and Deutsches Museum are also within 15 minutes. Marienplatz Station is only a 4-minute walk and Isartor Station is 5 minutes.

            Mercure Hotel München Altstadt $132
            Mercure Hotel München Altstadt

            Mercure Hotel München Altstadt

            Hotterstr. 4, Munich, BY
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Munich City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Marienplatz, Viktualienmarkt, and Karlsplatz - Stachus. Marienplatz Station is 7 minutes by foot and Karlsplatz (Stachus) Station is 8 minutes.

              Hotel Nymphenburg City $62
              Hotel Nymphenburg City

              Hotel Nymphenburg City

              Nymphenburger Str. 141, Munich, BY
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Neuhausen - Nymphenburg, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Nymphenburg Palace, Olympic Park, and Residenz. Marienplatz and Hofbrauhaus are also within 3 mi (5 km). Rotkreuzplatz U-Bahn is only a 5-minute walk and Maillingerstrasse U-Bahn is 6 minutes.

                Louis Hotel $280
                Louis Hotel

                Louis Hotel

                Viktualienmarkt 6, Munich, BY
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Munich hotel is located in a shopping district, steps from St Peter's Church, Viktualienmarkt, and Marienplatz. Hofbrauhaus and Sendlinger Tor are also within 10 minutes. Marienplatz Station is only a 2-minute walk and Isartor Station is 8 minutes.