Marienplatz
Marienplatz
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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This prominent public square, the largest in Munich, still stands as the center of social activity in the city, much as it has throughout history.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • johnmM754OI
    Chesterfield, Missouri773 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great people watching
    Great for people watching, especially around time of dancing figurines. There are a lot of people in this square most of the time. That night it was crowded too, and not a bad place to watch people. Tremendous historical value if you really want to take the time to search it out.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 3, 2023
  • Dr_Effingpot
    Hook, United Kingdom767 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top tip! Visit at 11, midday or 5pm!
    Top tip! Visit at 11, midday or 5pm! The famous clock only does it's 6 minute show at these times, which most folks seem to find out the hard way! Also for a small price you can also climb the tower of St Peter, which is opposite and watch the show from the top of there, though its about 14 floors up and a bit of a trek and can get quite busy up there. We got a front row seat at the pub in the square and watches it all with a beer! Definitely a must see if visiting Munich!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 7, 2023
  • Sarah O
    Mexico, Missouri183 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go early!
    Beautiful area in Munich. We had no way to get to see the glockenspiel, so we opted to go down early and just walk around. It was not very busy around 8, which was nice. By the time we left at 9:00, it was already getting busy. Although nothing was open, it was nice to walk around without the crowds.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 15, 2023
  • Dennis E
    Thornton, Colorado88 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Heart of Activity
    The sights, sounds, foods, and central location make this a must see. With easy train access from around the area, you can easily get there. So many historical churches and buildings all within walking distance of Marienplatz make this area a must see.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 16, 2023
  • Gil L
    405 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the visit!
    Took the metro here from the airport during a long layover. Metro was easy to navigate and we were able to use a group ticket for all 5 of us. So much fun to just walk around in this area. But be careful as the cobblestones are uneven in several areas.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 19, 2023
  • KimM750
    Exeter, United Kingdom301 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful square - clocktower a must see!
    Beautiful square, with watching the figures of the clock dance around is a must. Look out for the injured knight! Timings change for the movements, so check beforehand - summer was noon, 5pm and 6pm from memory. Many lovely churches to visit and stunning buildings to admire- just keep looking up to admire it all!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 16, 2023
  • JohnRegoPark
    Rego Park, New York1,232 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You're going to end up here anyway, so you might as well enjoy
    Centrally located in downtown Munich, this square is a wonderful pedestrian-only spot to take in the cultural landscape of this city. The town hall is brilliantly designed, although not as old as you would think by looking at the ornament. The buildings that dot the square offer lots of tourist friendly amenities, but you would do better price-wise to step away from the center of town to patronize cafes or souvenir stands that are a bit more remote but easier on your wallet.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 21, 2023
  • LizaGroenewald
    Orkney, South Africa153 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice photo opportunities and beautiful lighting during sunset.
    What a surprise! We went for a walk and came upon this beautiful plaza. Nice photo opportunities and beautiful lighting during sunset. Well worth the little walk to the area. Just breath in the history!
    Visited August 2022
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Sebastian. C
    38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must to go
    We were in Munich two days. We stayed a hotel nearby the main train station. So it is walking distance to the old town. And this place is in side the old town, and it is a must to go. The architecture is amazing. All the details on the façade. We even google the story behind the creations, and it is fascinating to read the stories and seeing the old architecture at the same time. We highly recommend this.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Jaye H
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The heart of Munich
    Be sure to go at 5:00 to see the clock tower come alive. Amazing to see. This is a beautiful square surrounded by great shops and restaurants. There is a subway station right in the square so an easy place to get to.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 15, 2023
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Kitchener, Canada58 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Beautiful location but we first visited on a Sunday and everything was closed. We also went to the square for New Year's Eve. We got there at 9pm and nothing was happening. All the shops were closed. No music or entertainment or activities for revellers. Reservations are a must for restaurants near the square on NYE, of course. Fireworks are no longer allowed to be set off in the square so if you are looking for that on New Year's Eve in Munich, pick another location in the city. All that being said, Marienplatz is a must see on your visit to Munich.
Written January 10, 2020
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Acineto
Auckland Central, New Zealand23,152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This seems to be the central area in Munich with lots to see and do around this area. The main thing to see here is the Glockenspiel but there are plenty of museums and churches to look in.
We came by just after Christmas so they were packing up the Christmas market that was here.
Aside from the historical things to see here, there are plenty of food and shopping options. It is a must stop for someone who hasn't been here before to see some sights. There is also an information center close to the Glockenspiel entrance that we used here to get an idea of the surrounding area.
Written April 6, 2020
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AMC
Annapolis, MD17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I knew Tues, Feb. 25 was Mardi Gras this year, but my husband and I just happened to be in Munich's Marienplatz for a short visit. Wow, were we surprised! Great fun, lots of music, costumed revelers, all the shops closed at noon, restaurants were open. We ate at Hofbrauhaus, and the bands paraded through to cheers and dancing. Who knew?!
Written March 7, 2020
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Chris L
Sumter, SC143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Wife and I wandered over here on a Sunday and realized that the glockenspiel would do its special show while we were there. We debated leaving, but decided to stay and watch. We were not disappointed! If you are here during the limited times it does the full show, stop to watch and enjoy. It is marvelous to think how long it has been doing it and still functions. Plus there is a story it tells as it goes through its 10 minute “show”.
Written September 19, 2020
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David N
Hawthorne, CA4,216 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
There are many attractions within walking distance of Marienplatz, so it is a great place to start your visit. During the holiday seasons, there are Christmas markets and Easter markets here and farmers markets at many other times throughout the year. I recommend scheduling your visit so that you can enjoy the mechanical Glockenspiel performance on the tower of the neues Rathaus. It begins at 11am and 12pm daily.
Written December 16, 2022
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Assayel Hedaib
Doha, Qatar27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Family
I have visit that squar to times, first time was in 2015 and the second time was in 2019, it including many activity there to see, you can see people singing, dancing, playing the piano. Also, there is a many luxury brand.
there's maaany thing to do, so you should allotting three to four hours for touring there.
Written August 8, 2020
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Passport Lifestyles
119 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Marienplatz offers shopping, cafés and a whole lot of history.
The gem of this square though is by far the famous Glockenspiel.
This is not your typical clock, it is Its two levels of carved figurines that play out scenes from Munich's history to music.
Make sure to see what times it will be playing before you make your plans. The times vary between the seasons.
You can go to Youtube for a preview :-)
Written January 22, 2020
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Petach_13
Tel Aviv District, Israel126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
If you come to Munich, you must visit this place. This place is surrounded by beautiful and old buildings but restored .
The big building is the town hall. Twice in the morning you can watch a puppet show accompanied by music at the bell tower.
It is recommended on a beautiful day to rise to the top of the bell tower for a beautiful view of the area
Written February 25, 2020
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SimeyTravels
San Diego, CA3,270 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
To be fair, we had an image in our minds as to how Marienplatz would look, feel and sound. It's because of Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within (and yes, I realize how nerdy that makes me sound!)

At any rate, all the images we'd had in our heads went right out the window the second we stepped out of the Bahnhof and saw the millions of Christmas Market stalls in our faces.

NOT that I'm complaining! I was in Christmas Market heaven.

We visited Marienplatz several times over the course of our five-day stay. It was crowded - except for early in the morning, which was my favorite time to visit.

We did visit some of the "local" type stores on the Platz, but avoided the chains we know from home. It was easy to get lost and turned around with all the stalls and the side streets, but it was an amazing adventure.

Marienplatz served as a kind of "home base" for us while we were in Munich. It was comfortable, had a good variety of restaurants and shops, and had a wonderful vibe. I loved the history and the architecture, and how central it all was.

I would love to go back in another season, to visit the Platz without the market stalls (did I really say that?), and to see the area in sun and warmth. To, you know, see it as it was depicted in Gabriel Knight. Nerd alert!
Written January 20, 2020
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749David
New York City, NY694 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Make sure you go up the tower of the new Rathaus (there is an elevator), and has a wonderful view and only costs 6 Euros. The Glockenspiel is captivating, there's the old Rathaus (now a Toy Museum), the Fish fountain, St Mary herself, and so many other sights and great places to eat. Great place too start any trip to Munich.
Written July 6, 2022
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