Marienplatz and the Neues Rathaus

Monument & Heritage Check location

The epicentral heart and soul of Munich, Marienplatz (Marien Square) has been brimming with locals and travelers since the 12th century. The square is anchored by the Mariensaule – a column of St. Mary – erected in 1638 to celebrate the victory over Swedish forces during the 30 Years’ War.

Marien Square houses the massive Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) that completely fills one side of the square. This building dominates the square with its highly decorated façade, more than 400 rooms, and 6 courtyards. The main highlight of Town Hall is the 28-ft-tall Glockenspiel (Carillon) clock which grabs most of the attention of the visitors by being the biggest in Germany. This popular clock chimes with a carousel of figures daily at 11 AM, noon, and 5 PM from March-October. Nowadays, this square is best known for its Christmas markets that start even three weeks before Christmas.

Contacts & Details

Marienplatz 8, München, Germany 80331