Neues Rathaus – the new Town Hall

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.

Neues Rathaus Munich Townhall
Neues Rathaus Munich Townhall

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.


Marienplatz was named after the Mariensäule, a Marian column erected in its centre in 1638 to celebrate the end of Swedish occupation. Today the Marienplatz is dominated by the New City Hall (Neues Rathaus) on the north side. The Glockenspielin the tower of the new city hall was inspired by these tournaments, and draws millions of tourists a year. At the east side Munich’s Old City Hall (Altes Rathaus) is located. It’s a gothic council hall and ballroom and tower, which have been reconstructed.