Hotels in Munich
Tourism in Munich
The famous Marienplatz, Munichs central square, displays a statue of the Virgin Mary at its center and houses the 19th century neo-Gothic building of the City Council (Neues-Rathaus), whose tower rises to more than 80 meters high and from whose bell tower mechanical marionettes represent scenes from Munichs history. To the west is the Cathedral of Munich (Frauenkirche), constructed in the 15th and 16th centuries. The cathedrals history features a peculiar legend, The Devils Footprint. The story goes that the architect made a pact with the devil, promising that the church would be constructed without windows in exchange for certain diabolical favors. The clever builder tricked the devil, having him observe the finished cathedral at the one spot from which columns obstructed the sight of any of the windows. The devil, realizing hed been conned, stomped his foot in frustration, burning a mark in the floor.
Heading south, you arrive at the Viktualienmarkt in the street of the same name, a great market where, according to long-held tradition, people meet to buy and chat. Ascending from the Marienplatz you find the Old City Council (Altes Rathaus), which contains a peculiar toy museum.
In Platz Street is located the popular Hofbräuhaus brewery of Munich, from which ten thousand liters are dispatched daily. To the north, in Max-Joseph Square, sits the palace known as the Residence (Resindez), whose style was modified throughout five centuries from Renaissance to Baroque to Rococo to Classical. It is made up of the Royal House, the Maximiliana Residence, the Banquet Hall, the Church of All Saints, the Marstall, and the Cuvilliés Theater. Behind the Residence is the English Garden (Englischer Garten), a great park containing a Chinese tower, a Japanese teahouse, and a Greek temple. On the same level, but in the other direction, you can visit the collections of three art galleries. Far from the center of Munich sits the Palace of Nymphenburg (Schloss Nymphenburg), the summer residence of the Wittelsbach family, whose great stone lobby and beautiful gallery serve to emphasize the lovely collection of pictures contained within.