Michaelskirche
Michaelskirche
4.5
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 10:15 PM
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  • Karlsplatz (Stachus) • 5 min walk
  • Marienplatz • 6 min walk
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Tatyana M
Minsk, Belarus151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Really enjoyed this visit. I came for Ludwig II and i was so moved by the beauty of the place and the diary (well, sort of a diary) that was to the left of the entrance, close to an icon.

There visitors, of different age and different cultural background, wrote their messages to God and to other people. Very very touching.
Thank you for this
Written July 16, 2023
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JessH
London, UK92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Beautiful church located in Munich southern Germany, the largest Renaissance church north of the Alps. From the exterior, you can not tell that it is a church, but once inside it is beautiful. The facade is impressive and amazing details. If in the area, visit the church and place a donation in.
Written March 14, 2022
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,732 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
I was walking along the shopping street of Neuhauserstrasse when I noticed this just. The facade of the church is unusual for having statues of members of the Wittelsbach dynasty, the then rulers of Bavaria as Dukes and Kings. So I just felt like I had to come in and see a bit more of the church.

The first church was built by William V, Duke of Bavaria. The barrel vault is one of the longest I've ever seen and I'm not surprised to read that when the church was built, there were doubts about the stability of the vaulting. The alter is particularly impressive, particularly in the way it draws attention to the Annunciation altarpiece.

The chapels are also unusually it that they're designed to look like triumphal arches, alluding to the perceived triumph of the Catholic counter reformation.

Definitely worth see if in Munich.
Written June 5, 2019
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,427 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
One of the interesting churches you can visit in the Old Town of Munich is the 16th-century Michaelskirche (St. Michael's Church) situated along Neuhauser Straße.

This is the largest Renaissance churches north of the Alps. Constructed by the Jesuits, the church features an attractive facade, with niches filled with statues of various members of the Wittelsbach family. You'll also see an impressive sculpture of St. Michael's just above the door. These are worth enjoying for a few minutes prior to entering the church.

Within St. Michael's you'll find a large barrel vault style nave, the second largest in the world behing St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Styled in the manner of the counter-reformation movement, there are numerous statues of angels embedded into the upper walls, a delightful high altar and other interesting side chapels.

Spend a few minutes enjoying the monument to Eugene de Beauharnais and consider a quick visit to the underground Royal Crypt (€2 per person) to see the decorative tombs of the Wittlesbach family, including those of King Ludwig II and Maximilian I.

You can easily spend 20-25 minutes viewing the interior and Royal Crypt at Michaelskirche. The church is very near to others such as Frauenkirche and Bürgersaalkirche which can be conveniently combined with stops at these famous and important churches in the Old Town.
Written December 16, 2019
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Rabih SOUAID
Düsseldorf, Germany2,217 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
St. Michael's Church, Munich
Free entrance to the Church.
1€ to the crypt where photos are prohibited.

Munich's magnificent Michaelskirche is the largest Renaissance church north of the Alps. It took fourteen years to complete the construction of the church.
This first phase involved a large
Barrel-vaulted roof being the largest in the world apart from that of St Peter's Basilica in Rome, spanning freely more than 20 meters. The vaulting was so massive that locals feared it would collapse. 

The facade is impressive and contains standing statues of earlier rulers of the Bavarian Wittelsbach dynasty, cast in bronze, in the form of a family tree.
Large bronze statue between the two main doors shows the Archangel Michael fighting for the Faith and killing the Evil in the shape of a humanoid demon.

The stunning interior is a representation of the triumph of Roman Catholicism in Bavaria during the counter-reformation.
The stucco decoration of the nave represents the life of Jesus Christ.

Many members of the royal Wittelsbach family including "Mad" King Ludwig II, Emperor Maximilian I, and King Otto of Bavaria, are buried at the Crypt of Michaelskirche
Written February 15, 2019
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Allergista
Owen Sound, Canada46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
We visited this large church as part of a walking tour. It has been reconstructed due to damage in World War Two, but it is still incredibly beautiful. The ceiling is highly ornamented and has a fascinating architecture (no pillars). The history behind the church is fascinating, and worth looking into. We did not go to the crypt, but we heard it was very interesting and worth the few euro fee. Don't miss it if you are in Munich!
Written July 22, 2019
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VeraSapegina
Moscow, Russia26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Friends
It is an incredibly beautiful church, but most importantly, the tomb of King Ludwig II of Bavaria is located here. It is a must for everyone enchnted by his life and creations. It is also possible to buy interesting books and booklets on his life and geneology of the Wittelsbach dinasty. The entrance to the tomb costs 2 EUR.
Written December 22, 2014
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Sumita K.Chakrabarty
Stockholm, Sweden76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Solo
It wasn't that easy to locate this church although it's right there in Marienplatz, the city centre. Once you get there the life-like green sculpture of Archangel Michael slaying the dragon just outside the church confirms that you are in the right place! I was immensely happy to have visited this church and having the opportunity to say my prayers here. It's tremendously beautiful and has a beautiful, light, almost sacred vibe to it. Tall ceilings, broad arches, everything here spells understated grandeur. Very impressive paintings and relics are on display.
I couldn't visit the crypt - frankly i couldn't even locate it - but it didn't matter in the end. I would have loved to pick up a rosary or something small from this church but i couldn't locate that either! There are some lovely postcards which one can buy - they are on display near the door and you can pick them up for a small fee.
I definitely recommend visiting this church especially if you adore your archangels. I would definitely spend more time here the next time around!
Written March 26, 2014
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BennyMalaga
Malaga, Spain89,733 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Couples
St Michael is a Jesuit church in Munich. The church was built by William V, Duke of Bavaria between 1583 and 1597 as a spiritual center for the Counter Reformation. The church has plenty of light and when we went there they were restoring the façade of the building. We saw the crypt with the tomb of Ludwig II. He lived between 1845 and 1886. He was not mad, but he was eccentric. From what I have read, he was assassinated by his enemies. The palaces he built have paid for themselves many times over and attract millions of tourists from all over the world to Germany each year. Also the church has the tomb of Eugène de Beauharnais. A monument was erected by Bertel Thorwaldsen in 1830 in the church. Eugène was the son of Josephine de Beauharnais, Napoleon's wife and her first husband, General Alexandre de Beauharnais. He married a daughter of King Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria in 1806. At the back of the church there is a beautiful statue of a large angel.
Written July 20, 2012
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Colby S
Irvine, CA1,117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This is a beautiful church that represents a transition between the Renaissance and Baroque architectural styles. It is apparently the largest Renaissance church north of the alps and was consecrated in 1597 after fourteen years of construction. There are enormous vaulted ceilings and grand sculpture work throughout that really bring the space to life. Even though it was heavily damaged along with the rest of Munich in the wake of World War II, the people who restored it did a good job of bringing the church back to what it looked like in its prime and is one of many places visitors should see when visiting the city.
Written December 29, 2019
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