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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland29,113 contributions
    Striking city gate
    This eastern city gate of Munich's old town was built between 1285 and 1347 in the course of the expansion of the city. The two Falkentürme towers have been home to the Valentin Karlstadt Museum since 1959. He was a Munich comedian and folk singer. It is a funny detail that the clocks in the main tower turn counterclockwise. The inner courtyard is used for exhibitions and concerts. We used the Isartor S-Bahn station for our return journey to the airport. This station was so much easier than Hauptbahnhof.
    Written November 3, 2022
  • Acineto
    Auckland Central, New Zealand19,852 contributions
    Food and Drink
    We stopped by just after Christmas and there were stalls inside the gate. It looked like you were able to head up the towers to a restaurant but we just passed through around the bottom. There was a stall in the middle for drinks and then a stall around the end for food. It wasn't very big but I really liked the atmosphere, particularly in the middle of the gate. From afar it looked really nice with the colourful mural in the middle connecting two of the outer towers. It almost looked like a castle wall. We bussed up from the English garden but was just down the road from the Marienplatz so it is fairly central.
    Written April 16, 2020
  • Игорь
    Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Russia24,496 contributions
    Интересно
    Исартор - восточные городские ворота старого города Мюнхена. Разделяет старый город и Лехель. Ворота, построенные в 1337 году, имеют башню высотой 40 м и были главными воротами Мюнхена на соляной дороге. Этот элемент старой стены много раз реставрировался. Во время войны ворота сильно повреждены. Восстановлены к 1957-му году. В башне есть небольшое кафе и музей.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 19, 2019
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jmrmessias
Sao Paulo, SP145 contributions
Oct 2019
In medieval Munich there were four gates in the wall surrounding the city. The Isartor Gate is one of three that can be seen. And the biggest one. The others gates are Sendlinger and Karstor.
Written October 1, 2019
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Lunaphonix
Moosburg, Germany61 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
I went there with my boyfriend and also with my family, it’s wonderful, stunning and beautiful. It’s really nice for walking or bicycling. Lots of corners, building and nature to picture. You can down by the river to lay down, make picnics and have fun time.
Written September 7, 2019
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NeedPivo
Gaithersburg, MD1,721 contributions
Nov 2018 • Solo
The Isar gate is one three surviving medieval entrances into the city of Munich. In this case, the eastern entrance. Constructed in 1337, it remains the only gate with a preserved main tower. The frescoes (1835) depict the victorious return of Emperor Louis after the Battle of Muhldorf. No; I have never heard of it, either. Today, Isartor is also home to a museum honoring Munich comic Karl Valentine. No; I have never heard of him, either. In any case, there is also a café here, where you can study these two.
Written February 6, 2019
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Kurt K
Munich, Germany250 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
A must see for every tourist for 3 reasons
Reason # 1: It is a monumental defensive city gate, true old and a fascinating architecture. Do not miss the long-streched painting on the outer side telling the story of the "bloody night of Sendling" where 1.000 people got slaughtered in just one night.
Reason # 2: The funny and fascinating museum in the right tour (looking outbound) if you are intefrested in local old culture and if you have a tooth for black Humor and curiosities, the VALENTIN MUSEUM, named after a famous black humor artist from our parent"s generation 1925 - 1940. Check out for opening hours.
Reason # 3: Start for a nice inner city walking tour. Take the metro lines (all) S-Bahn, stop ISARTOR; Start seeing the city gate ISARTOR. then walk along the shopping street IM TAL direction MARIENPLATZ. Take sidesteps into the lanes north and south and end your tour turning left to VIKTUALIENMARKET. This market is fascinating for Americans because you can stand outdoor in the public and drink your beer (in the US you might get sent to prisor for this) - best do it in the Center of the market at the big beer garden. Have fun. USEFUL - YES? Follow me on Instagram @kgk_muc and Facebook: Kurt Knoepfler
Written April 8, 2017
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CJTravelerTexas
Texas8,934 contributions
May 2012 • Solo
The Isartor is part of the wall that once surrounded old Munich. This gate is well worth seeing and photographing. It is a part of the history of Munich.
Written June 5, 2012
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kkibby43
Madison, AL723 contributions
Dec 2011
During the Middle Ages, Altstadt, Munich's historic center, was protected by a city wall that featured four large towers as well as five smaller ones. The fortification was built between 1285 and 1347 and replaced a smaller inner city wall - known as the Innere Stadtmauer - that was built in the 12th century. The new wall was known as the Äußere Stadtmauer or outer city wall. During the 18th century the population of Munich started to grow steadily and the fortification hindered further expansion of the city. Thus Karl Theodor, Elector of Bavaria, decided in 1791 to tear down the wall encircling the city.
I recommend you visit all remaining gates during your visit to Munich as each can be reached by foot in a relatively short period. If you are eating at the Hoffbrauhaus I recommend you start your fortification tour with the Isartor. Located just west of Marienplatz, at the end of what is known as the 'Tal' (valley). The street leading through the gate, Im Tal, was named as such because the road from the Old Town Hall towards the Isartor went downhill.
The central tower was built in 1337 and gave entrance to the Isar, the river flowing through Munich. The smaller, octagonal towers were only built later, in the early 15th century. The facade of the Isartor is decorated with murals depicting the triumphal procession of Louis the Bavarian (Ludwig IV) after this victory over the Austrians at the battle of Ampfing in 1322.
Written January 24, 2012
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Dragan Petrović
Munich, Germany1,091 contributions
Dec 2014 • Couples
Very beautiful and well preserved gothic gate just 500 meters east from the city centre. It is the second oldest city gate after Sendlinger Tor and dated from 14th century. Today, the gate is home of the Karl Valentin museum. Recommendation!
Written August 13, 2015
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Staidthere
Jakarta, Indonesia2,604 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
We rolled our suitcases from the Hilton Hotel on Rosenheimer Strasse, over the Ludwig Bridge, to the Torbrau Hotel which rests in the shadow of the Isartor tower. At our destination, the Torbrau Hotel, many old paintings were displayed of the Isartor, both with and without the barbicans, so we became intrigued with the Isartor--not so much for its formidable physical shape, which is quite striking with the impregnable-looking tower and two barbicans, but for its location on the line that runs from the Ludwig Bridge to Marienplatz and right out to Karlstor gate directly on the opposite side of the old walled city. We found that when it was first built in 1337, the Isartor was the premier gate of all eight gates in the wall, the first point of entry of traders bringing salt from the mines near Salzburg to the walled city--after they paid toll for use of the Ludwig Bridge, built next to a Benedictine monastery (for which Munich was named, Munichen = "by the monks"). Thus, in addition to marking for joyous travelers such as ourselves, the end of a journey and the beginning of Munich city proper, this strong gate stands for the old power and raison d'etre of Munich, a fortified city on the Old Salt Route whose main earnings at first were tolls from the bridge over the Isar River, built by Henry the Lion in the twelfth century. We could see on either side of the Isartor the depression of the former moat that surrounded the old walls (especially along Frauenstrasse), fed at that time by tributaries of the Isar River. As we walked by the grass along the Frauenstrasse Isartorplatz, we could imagine tired travelers paying tolls to bring their salt across the bridge and passing through the thick, cool gate into the protection and activity of the old city. Isartor is where Munich started.
Written October 28, 2014
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j_d_kopetsky
Honolulu72 contributions
Dec 2011 • Solo
The Isartor (Isar Gate), also built in the 14th Century, was named for its location near the Isar River, and is one of the three remaining Munich city gates (the others being Karlstor and Sendlinger Tor). It is probably the most complete (possessing a central tower that the others lack) and the most photogenic of the three. Passing through the gate (toward the river), then looking up, there is a huge mural of Ludwig IV's defeat of the Austrians in 1322. This gate can be reached on foot or by both the S-Bahn and the U-Bahn.
Written October 19, 2012
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aneela-michael
414 contributions
Sep 2019
a lovely historical gate of munich named after river isar. the location has lovely shops like globetrotter mall for travellers.
Written September 27, 2019
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