Although popularly known for the massive beer festival, Oktoberfest, travelers flock to Munich for the many historical sites which weave a rich tapestry of the city and culture’s history—70 million travelers annually, according to the latest statistics on munichfound.com! As you wander the city, make a point of stopping to see the following 5 historical places in Munich.
RATHAUS GLOCKENSPIEL CLOCK TOWER
Similar to Big Ben, Munich also has its own historical clock tower, located in Munich’s central square, Marienplatz. In the tower of the New City Hall (Neues Rathaus), the Rathaus Glockenspiel, constructed in the 20th century, is also referred to as the “world’s most extravagant clock”. With over 30 mechanical figures it acts out the story of Germany’s past and mythology, a spectacle which usually last for more than 15 minutes. The show appears daily at 11 am, with extra shows during the summer at 12pm and 5pm.
NEW TOWN HALL
Located in the northern part of Marienplatz, the New Town Hall was built in 1874 by Georg von Hauberrisser. The Old Town Hall is still well-preserved and used for representative purposes of the city council. The New Town Hall presents a dazzling display of Gothic Revival architecture. In the basement is a large restaurant (Ratskeller), while the ground floor is the main tourist space.
BAYERISCHER HOF HOTEL
Tripadvisor gave the Bayericher Hof Hotel a ‘Certificate of Excellence in 2014’ award for providing great service, a convenient relaxing location, and a welcoming hotel experience like no other. Its architectural design has a hint of Old English Victorian about it. Seasoned travelers might compare it to the Crockfords Hotel and Casino in London as the design and atmosphere are quite similar, as well as the diplomatic and aristocratic clientele. If you can’t stay here, come visit the Bayerischer Hof Night Club on one of your evenings. Located in the cellar, they host internationally renowned jazz and blues musicians.
Known as the former royal palace of the monarchs of Bavaria, the Residence Palace is now the main place to visit for historians as it is now a museum that houses antique furniture, tapestries from the Renaissance to neoclassical era, and various celebrated artworks. It has 130 rooms that are well-preserved, making it the largest palace in the country. It contains the Hercules Hall (Herkulessaal) and the Byzantine Court Church of All Saints.
A Catholic Church, the Theatine Church was built in 1663 as a thank you gift for the birth of Prince Max Emanuel, the heir to the Bavarian royal family. With stylings from the Italian high-Baroque, it is famous for its Mediterranean-looking design and yellow finish. Today, tombs of the royal family can be found in the small chapel near the church.
If sticking to the traditional daytime tour doesn’t fit your adventurous lifestyle, then you might want to consider our previous suggestions for some of the unusual activities you can do in the city. But, we assure you that your trip in Munich will never be complete without visiting at least one of these historical places on our list.
Exclusively submitted to Utrip by Jennifer Birch