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Marienplatz, Munich Overview

Marienplatz is Munich's most bustling central square.

This square is named after the statue of the Virgin Mary that has stood here for centuries. Marienplatz had always been Munich's central square and market were held here. Even now this is a popular shopping destination with hoardes of boutiques and stores, complete with restaurants and pubs to satiate the hungry shopaholics! The true heart of Munich, this is a lively place with street performers, from mimes to musicians. During Christmas, the square is host to the Christkindlmarkt, a must visit flea if you are visiting during festival season. The magnificent neo-gothic Neue Rathaus (New Town Hall), dominates the norther stretch of the square, while the majestic Alter Rathaus (Old Town Hall) is towards the east. A visit to this square is a must for a true Bavarian feel.

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