Soak up the local culture at Marienplatz, the city's main public square since 1158. Today, the square is dominated by the Gothic city hall, which you'll find on the northern side. Ages ago, markets and tournaments were held in this square, which is named after a Marian column standing at its center. The column was built in 1638 in honor of the Virgin Mary, a sign of gratitude for the end of Swedish occupation. Note the city hall's clock tower, which was inspired by the medieval tournaments once held here. It features 43 bells and 32 life-size figures. The bells chime several times a day, and some of the figures dance, prompting passers-by to stop and check their watches. The 85 m (280 ft) tower is open for visitors. Make Marienplatz part of your personalized Munich itinerary using our Munich trip itinerary planning tool.
Tours to Marienplatz
$55 BOOK WITH VIATOR Guided Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site Tour with Train from Munich
Duration: 5 hours
$58 BOOK WITH VIATOR Munich WWII Combo: Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and Third Reich Walking Tour
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
This plaza is really really beautiful. I would recommend getting a guided tour in your native language. They really help and most are not cliche. Danke more »
Loved the market, traditional food drinks and such. My fav part was the clock where some elfs or something came out dancing at the beginning of every hour. more »
The center of the city. An iconic building. A spot where you can see a lot of tourists. Filled with history and plenty of restaurants. The rustic building with the iconic pillar is a perfect spot for the photo ops. There is a train station right at this spot which makes the commute easy.
A wonderful outdoor market with plenty of vendors and a variety of products. Excellent hot wine and freshly roasted nuts. It is conveniently located downtown and is safe to wonder about with police both visible and undercover.
Plan your trip to Munich
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
See all ›
See all ›
Side trips from Munich
Hidden gems in Munich
See all ›
Trips to Marienplatz by other users
60 days in Europe BY A USER FROM BRAZIL April, popular sights Preferences: April Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 21 days in Germany, Belgium & The Netherlands BY A USER FROM OMAN December, popular sights Preferences: December Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 24 days in Central Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA July, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular sights Preferences: July, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 31 days in Europe BY A USER FROM CANADA June, popular sights Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 40 days in Central Europe BY A USER FROM COSTA RICA February, popular sights Preferences: February Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 26 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, popular sights Preferences: March Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium