Marienplatz is the vital center of Munich, the square where the past and present history of the city is concentrated. The main and most important building of the square dedicated to Mary, is the majestic New Town Hall, Neues Rathaus, in neo-Gothic style, where on the facade of its tower is an incredible carillon activated three times a day by the Glockenspiel clock. Also in Marienplatz there is the Altes Rathaus, Old City Hall, where the Spielzeugmuseum is located, the fun Toy Museum. At the center of the square stands the Mariensaeule, the Column of the Virgin, while in front of the Neues Rathaus there is the Fischbrunnen, the Fish fountain of Konrad Koll. Marienplatz is a pedestrian area and is full of restaurants, cafes and shops, the perfect spot to start Munich's visit. The underground tube station takes its name from the square.
Marienplatz is situated in the heart of the city and in the Middle Ages; this square was used to be a market place and the place wherein the festivities and tournaments used to take place. This square was originally known... more as Schrannen and was renamed as Marienplatz as a way to ask Virgin Mary to protect the town from a cholera epidemic.