Marienplatz, Mary’s Square in Munich, Germany

Let’s go travel and explore again Germany! How about visiting and seeing this time one of Munich’s famous sights? You can see in my picture below the Marienplatz, also called in English as Mary’s Square or Our Lady’s Square. Since 1158 this place becomes the city center in Munich, Germany. I have been to this capital city of Bavaria for more than three times already. I took this photo below during our visit last September 2008. You can also see part of Mariensäule or Marian Column in the picture where the flowers are.

In the Middle Ages markets and tournaments were held in this city square. Marienplatz was named after the Mariensäule, a Marian column erected in its centre in 1638 to celebrate the end of Swedish occupation. Today the Marienplatz is dominated by the New City Hall (Neues Rathaus) on the north side. The Glockenspiel in the tower of the new city hall was inspired by these tournaments, and draws millions of tourists a year. At the east side Munich’s Old City Hall (Altes Rathaus) is located. It’s a gothic council hall and ballroom and tower, which have been reconstructed.

The pedestrian zone between Karlsplatz and Marienplatz is a crowded area with numerous shops and restaurants. wikipedia

 
 

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