- Type: Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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The Marienplatz square, accessible by a U-bahn station of the same name, is Munich's heart just as it used to be back in 1158 when it was founded. Then, it hosted spectator events, such as jousts and executions (yikes!). Today this Alstadt (Old Town) square is alive with street performers, from mimes to musicians, restaurants, selling bratwursts and beer, and lots of surrounding shops. At Christmastime, Marienplatz fills with vendors selling holiday gifts at the popular Christkindlmarkt.
Recent travelers say spending some time in this city square is a must do, noting its distinctly Bavarian feel. They also recommend timing your visit for the daily glockenspiel shows at the Neues Rathaus (Town Hall).