of the Marienplatz in Munich city
Marienplatz (en: Mary's Square, i.e.
St. Mary, Our Lady's Square) is a
central square in the city center of
Munich, Germany since 1158.
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
The pedestrian zone between
Karlsplatz and Marienplatz is a
crowded area with numerous shops and
The Marienplatz S-Bahn and U-Bahn
station, an important transportation
hub, is located below the square.