Old City Hall, East Side

New City Hall and its Glockenspiel, Munich's Frauenkirche cathedral, the Hofbräuhaus, to name only a few—most of Munich's must-see sights are in the city's very centre, the so-called Altstadt (Old City). The area within the old city wall (today best defined by the Altstadtring circular road), which is best visible at Odeonsplatz and the historic city gates, Karlstor, Isartor and Sendlinger Tor, has its centre at Marienplatz. This is Munich's core, from where it grew from a village to what it is today: a pedestrian zone, shopping paradise, and the main tourist hangout. The Lehel area, between Isartor and the river Isar and Munich's oldest original suburb, is often considered to be part of the city centre too. The whole area roughly is bounded by the river Isar to the east, Tivolistraße and Prinzregentenstraße to the north, and the Altstadtring circular road and Zweibrückenstraße to the west and south.

Get in

Stachus / Karls gate in the evening

By suburban train (S-Bahn)

By subway (U-Bahn)

Get around

The city centre is best explored on foot, which should pose no problems because of its rather compact size. However, the less able might prefer to ride on Tram line 19, which traverses the city centre in west-east direction with a lot of scenic architecture along the way. You can also hire rickshaw drivers at Marienplatz, who offer both guided sightseeing tours with explanations and direct rides, which could be useful for the less able if they want to go to the English Garden.



Inside the Frauenkirche
Theatinerkirche on Odeonsplatz

Museums and galleries

Ohel Jakob Synagogue
  • National Socialism in Munich - Codes of Remembrance Exhibits pertaining to the emergence, development, and consequences of National Socialism in Munich from 1918 – 1945. Munich as the point of origin and headquarters of the NSDAP, ‘Capital of the Movement’ and ‘Capital of German Art’: a documentation of contributors, supporters, resistance and victims.
  • Collection of Photography Contains three galleries of contemporary German photography, featuring large monographic or thematic special exhibitions.
  • Collection of Puppetry and Fairground Art The history of puppet theatre in Munich and a large selection of international puppets are on display. One of the greatest collections of fairground art with highlights of the traditional Oktoberfest.
  • Collection of Musical Instruments Contains over 1,600 instruments from Africa, Asia, America and Europe and a special section showing a dozen automatic musical instruments including the important and famous "Stern-Orchestrion". Evening concerts and free Sunday matinées at 11 o’clock transform the showrooms into a sound museum. Special tours available. Check out the special monthly programme of musical events.
  • Film Museum Important international films dating from the earliest era of cinema up to contemporary works are presented in the newly renovated film theatre. The complete oeuvre of important German film makers (from F.W. Murnau to Wim Wenders, from Fritz Lang to Herbert Achternbusch) as well as motion picture classics can be found in the collections. With projects such as the reconstruction of the estate of Orson Welles, the Film Museum has earned an outstanding international reputation. Daily shows except on Mondays.
  • Residenz Museum, Residenzstraße 1,  +49 89 2 90 67-1, fax: +49 89 2 90 67-2 25, e-mail: . Apr-15 Oct: 09:00-18:00 daily; 16 Oct-Mar: 10:00-16:00 daily. Step in to the life of royalty in this museum dedicated to showing off the furniture and housewares of the royal family of many generations ago. Adults: €6, Reduced: €5.


The spectacular Neues Rathaus (New City Hall), which forms one side of Marienplatz



Pretty in all seasons, Karlsplatz, also known as Stachus after a long-gone inn, is one of the landmarks of the Altstadt and can be thought of as the gateway to an actual gate — Karlstor (visible somewhat to the upper right of centre) — and the pedestrian zone leading toward Frauenkirche (visible in the distance in the upper right corner)



Mixed sausages at Bratwurst Glöckl.



The Hofbräuhaus is the liquid symbol of Munich

Beer Halls

Beer gardens

Bars and pubs

Clubs and Discos


Interior of Michaelskirche

Even though the Altstadt is Munich's main draw for tourists, there is not that much choice of accommodation within the district. If you do not find anything that suits you in the Altstadt and would like to stay close to it, your best chances are in Ludwigsvorstadt near the train station, where you will find a large cluster of hotels.





The German word for Wi-Fi is W-LAN (Wireless LAN). The city of Munich provides free Wi-Fi on all the bigger squares in the city centre.

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