Day 1 in Munich
The center of Munich hosts the Marienplatz – a large open square that represents the city’s heart since the Middle Ages. Namely this place will help you feel how the Munich locals’ life is flowing. At the same time, the square is surrounded by numerous important buildings, with peculiar architecture, such as the Town Hall and the New Town Hall. Also, in the middle of the Marienplatz you can admire the Marian column. The Rauhaus-Glockenspiel from the New Town Hall deserves all your attention!
Close to the Marienplatz, you will see the Peterskirche (St. Peter’s Church) – the oldest and the smallest church of the inner city. The church dates back from the 10th century and due to numerous restauration processes comprises several architectural styles: the interior is built in Baroque style, the altar is of Gothic style, while the pylons were decorated with exceptional images of apostles in the 18th century. Climb up the 90-meter tower on a sunny day and watch the Alps!
If you are eager to try the German traditional cuisine and beer, direct to the Viktualienmarkt, which boasts with a wide range of fresh products, international and local specialties and where you can wander along the stalls of a beer garden of impressive dimensions. Get delighted with German delicacies and cold beer! It’ll be a true feast for your eyes and stomach. The market is visited by a grand variety of people: starting from housewives, tourists, till important businessmen.
Another square that is worth to be visited is the Karlsplatz, or Stachus. The most outstanding building that dominates the square is the Karlstor – a Gothic gate of the demolished medieval fortifications together with the rondell buildings on both sides of the gate. As well, it is impossible to observe the neo-Baroque Justizpalast (Palace of Justice) and the Kaufhof – the first postwar supermarket from Munich. In summer, you can cool near the large fountain from the middle of the square, while in winter an open-air ice rink is installed there.