Named after the column of the Virgin Mary at its center the Marienplatz is one of the most famous part of Munich is also considered to be the centre of Munich. The town hall is dominates it and it makes an excellent place to start your explorations.
Reach it by: all S-Bahns, U3 & U6, or walk down from Karlsplatz or Odeonsplatz.
Otherwise known as Stacchus, Karlsplatz houses one of the inner city gates, it’s walkable from the central railway station, and makes a good start point to walk down to the Marienplatz.
Reach it by: all S-Bahns, U4 & U5, or walk down from the Hauptbahnhof.
Near the expensive shops, Residenz, the Theatiner Kirche and the beginning of the Englischer Garten. There is a nice cafe overlooking it.
Reach it by; U4 & U5, or just walk from the Marienplatz
Commissioned by Ludwig I and later used as a Nazi marching ground, this neo-Classical square boasts the Propylaen gateway and the Glyptothek, a small but enchanting collection of Greek and Roman sculptures.
Basilica in Italianate High Baroque which had a major influence on Southern German baroque architecture.
This is the Metropolitan Church of the Archbishop of Munich-Freising and is a landmark for the city of Munich. It has a late Gothic nave from the 15th century, interior with works of art spanning 5 centuries.
The cathedral is a ‘must visit’ and you’ll have no problem finding it as it dominates the skyline.
This is the most easterly building on Marienplatz square. It has a Gothic council hall and ballroom and the adjoining town hall tower has been reconstructed.
Address: Marienplatz U/S-bahn right in the centre of the pedestrian zone.
Built from 1867 – 1909 in Flanders Gothic style this is one of the most famous buidlings in Munich; its facade, over 300 feet in length, features strikingly elaborate stone ornamentation. Its 260-foot tower with carillon is, with St. Peter’s Church and the twin towers of the Cathedral, one of the most distinctive features of the city’s skyline.
It is an absolute must visit, and at 11.00 every day its clock runs a 15 minute display.
Also, you can go to the top of the tower in a lift and get breathtaking views of the city. Actually, there are two lifts, the first takes you to the fourth floor where you pay and it’s cheap, like €2.50 and the second lift takes you to the top. This is a good option for those that don’t want to walk up all the stairs to get to the top of Alter Peter which is opposite.
Address: Marienplatz U/S-Bahn right in the centre of the pedestrian zone.
Starnberg, at the northern end of Lake Starnberg is at the heart of the Five Lakes district and the lake itself is a favourite spot for windsurfers, and boaters. There are numerous places to rent boats just west of the train station. If you want to go swimming head to Münsing on the Eastern side which has a public area including toilets, and a guest house.