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Be Captivated by the Beauty of Marienplatz: The Oldest City Square of Munich
One noticable building the moment you entered Marienplatz Square is Neues Rathaus or New Town Hall. The building was built in Flanders Gothic style, giving it its exotic Middle-Age vibe. The 300 feet long building is adorned with hundreds statues, intricate details, arches and turrets in several parts. On its clock tower is attached an astronomical clock with a carillion called Glockenspiel. The carillion will chime at certain hours and all visitors will be able to enjoy performances of 32 life-sized bronze dolls reenacting important Bavarian events. The Neues Rathaus is used as an office to the city government and also a place where the Munich Tourism Office is located.
Other prominent Munich landmark in Marienplatz Square is a large single column called Mariensaule, It holds such importance since it contain figure of Virgin Mary inside. The column was erected during the Thirty Years War to celebrate the end of Swedish's occupation in Munich. A golden sculpture of St. Mary was attached at the top of the column watching over the plaza and its surroundings. The sculpture was sculpted by renowned artist named Hubert Gerhard.
Head to the eastern side of Marienplatz to discover the original Munich's city hall before the newer Neues Rathaus was brought to existence. Munich's Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus) was built in 14th Century before the original building was destroyed during World War II. The building was soon rebuilt in elegant Neo-Gothic Style painted in eye-catching demure colors. Visitors not only can capture the beauty of its architectures, but they can also visit Munich's Toy Museum located inside the old Town Hall.
How to Get Tickets?
Exploring Marienplatz is relatively a joyful, budget-saving experience since you don't have to pay for admission fees. However, to enter the Toy Museum in Old Town Hall you'll need to pay admission fee for about a‚¬1 or $1.16 for children and a‚¬3 or $3.49 for adults. Costs to eat at any cafes and restaurants in the site are also a bit more expensive compare to other places in Munich.
How To Get Around?
Hopping from one Marienplatz attraction to another is fairly easy since all of them are within walking distance. Just make sure you wear the most comfortable walking shoes you can afford. Your feet will definitely thank you at the end of the day.
What Should I Wear?
Any type of fashion are acceptable to all visitors of Marienplatz. You can dress yourself up a bit if you're planning to have romantic dinner with your spouse. But otherwise it's better to opt for much more casual clothings paired with a pair of comfortable walking shoes.
Best Time to Visit
We highly recommend you to come to Marienplatz at around 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 05:00 PM, if you want to watch the legendary clock chimes and perform its Glockenspiel show. If the show is not on your top priority, it's better to come early in the late morning or early evening where the weather is still nice and nearby cafes and restaurants are open.
Will I Need a Guide?
You can find most information you need relating to Marienplatz in this website. However it also doesn't hurt to hire a guide, especially if you're curious to learn more about historical stories and unique facts of each attraction.
How To Get There?
Marienplatz is located literally in the center of Munich, so it's highly accessible by any public transportations. You can take U-Bahn or S-Bahn to the Marienplatz station. Marienplatz square is located just nearby the station.