Top Munich Sights — Churches, Town Halls, And Palaces

Munich sights provide a frozen-in-time glimpse of old Germany. Following the destruction of the Second World War, the town decided to reconstruct and preserve its architectural heritage.

Frauenkirche

The Frauenkirche or Cathedral Church of Our Lady (as it is known in literally-translated English) is surely the symbol of Munich and an important stop on any Munich sightseeing tour. It is the tallest structure in the city and a climb up to the tower offers fantastic views of the city and the Alps.

Marienplatz

This is the famed plaza in Munich’s city center. With a large victory column in the middle, this open square is the location of Munich’s beautiful city halls. It’s also a great spot for photo opportunities, or a lunch amongst Munich’s highlights.

Old Town Hall

The Altes Rathaus, or Old Town Hall, is to the east of Marienplatz. It is instantly recognizable with the fourteenth-century Talburg Gate and its large red roofed spire. It served its function as the seat of the local municipality until 1874.

New Town Hall

This New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus in German) sits on the north side of Marienplatz. It was built from 1867 to 1904, although its Gothic-inspired facade makes it appear much older.

Tourists line up for the Glockenspiel show, every single day, as the clock strikes a certain hour, the bells chime and the clock’s figures move around. They tell an old German tale of a duke’s marriage celebration, and of a dance by the town’s barrel-makers that signified the end of the plague.

Nymphenburg Palace

This Baroque palace is a highlight of Munich sightseeing. It was the summer palace of the Bavarian royalty and is surrounded by a 490-acre garden. In fact, here’s a page dedicated to the Nymphenburg Palace. :-)

Church of St. Peter

Munich’s oldest church can be found within the city center. This Roman Catholic structure was consecrated in 1294. Visitors today can be treated to panoramic views from its towers.

Church of St. Michael

This Renaissance church is the largest of its kind north of the Alps. Built between 1583 and 1597, it was very influential on the German Baroque architectural style.

The Old Court

The Old Court (Alte Hof) is fittingly found on modern Munich’s most stylish street, Maximilianstra├če, which was specially designed to suit this Gothic structure. These days this royal spot is used for luxury apartments and tourist information centers.

 

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