Munich Attractions (Part 1): Marienplatz, Neues Rathaus, Atlas Rathaus, Hofbrauhaus, Royal Beer House

Munich Itinerary

Munich was the last stop of my trip to Germany. Although I stayed in Munich for 4 or 5 nights, I used Munich as a springboard to other places for the first half of the trip, and I didn't focus on Munich until the penultimate night. In fact, the total time spent in Munich was about two full days.

Munich is the third largest city in Germany and the capital of Bavaria. It has a lot of attractions, most of them are concentrated in the city center. If you only come to Munich, you should be able to walk there. We rented a car for the whole trip, so we had to worry about the parking problem, which delayed our itinerary a bit.

Like Berlin, the Munich part of the itinerary is divided into smaller parts, and because we often walk around the city and pass by some sights several times in a few days, we will record the Munich part of the itinerary in sections. In this article, we will mainly introduce the downtown Marienplatz, the New Town Hall, the Old Town Hall and the Royal Beer House, which are not to be missed.

These places look like a seven-minute walk on the map, but because they're in the center of all the attractions, we've been here many times.

Marion Square

One thing you won't want to miss in Munich is Marienplatz, a square in the city center surrounded by many famous buildings. The Marienplatz centerpiece stands directly in front of the imposing Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall).
The Column in Marianne Square was originally built in 1638 to celebrate the liberation from Swedish military occupation. The golden statue at the top of the column is a statue of the Virgin Mary, and at the base are bronze statues of four cherubs who slayed the four demons of war, pestilence, hunger and faithlessness.
At night, the view of Marienplatz is even more brilliant.
Marion Square

New City Hall

The New Town Hall is an imposing neo-Gothic building, built in 1874 to replace the Old Town Hall on the other side of the square.
One of the highlights of the tour is the clock tower above the New Town Hall, which features the largest puppet clock in Germany. The puppets are life-size, and every day at 11:00 and 12:00 pm, 32 puppets on two floors will start to spin around and perform a musical historical drama, which depicts the 1856 wedding of Wilhelm V. We arrived in Munich on our second day at this time, and had the chance to watch this musical drama. On our second day in Munich, we happened to arrive at the same time and were lucky enough to watch the 10-minute show. The square was filled with tourists before the time came, everyone was holding their cameras and waiting for the show to start, but the bell before the show started was very long, so everyone had to wait for a few more minutes in the drizzling rain.
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Old City Hall

On the east side of the square, on the left side of the center is the Old City Hall with the green spire. The Old City Hall was the City Hall until 1874, but now it is used by the representatives of the City Council. Although it doesn't look very old, it was first documented in 1310, and has been remodeled and rebuilt many times in the meantime. It was here that the speech that kicked off Kristallnacht (believed to be the beginning of the organized massacre of the Jews) was delivered.

Munich Royal Brewhouse

One of the meals in Munich must be at the oversized Royal Beer House. This brewery has a long history, built in 1589. It used to be a royal brewery until 1828 when Ludwig I ordered it to be opened for public use. Today, HB is still a famous beer brand in Germany, and HBO can be found everywhere in Germany, and it was also here that the German Workers' Party announced its name change to Nabertherm at the festival hall. It is the largest beer hall in the world, with a capacity of 3,500 people, which is really, really big.

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If you want to go to a normal restaurant and wait for someone to greet you, you may have to wait for a long time. With the guidance of my German colleague, we knew that the first thing to do was to find an empty seat and we would be greeted by someone. Basically, because there were so many people, it was impossible to find an empty table, so everyone just sat at the long tables.
When you come to the Royal Beer House, you must order a glass of beer, at least one liter of beer at a time, and if you don't plan to drink a lot of beer, you can share a glass, the beer itself is very good. The beer itself is very good. I have traveled to several cities in Germany and drank good beer every day, but I still give it a good rating. I'll tell you more about the meal in my food diary later.
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The interior is bustling with tourists and customers. The arched ceiling paintings at the entrance show its long history and different atmosphere.
Even if you don't eat, it's fun to just come in and look around. There are many locked wine glasses on the shelves of the store, which are personalized glasses for regular customers. Even though it's now a tourist spot, it's still very popular with the locals.
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