Marienplatz serves as Munich's city center with a variety of historic town hall structures and shopping markets. At the center of the square, the Mariensaule, the column of St. Mary, exhibits a statue of the Virgin Mary and the "four putti" symbolizing the city's triumph over war, pestilence, famine, and heresy.
Visitors flock to Marienplatz at 11 am, 12 noon, and 5 pm each day to watch the famous animated Glockenspiel (carillon) in the New Town Hall made of 43 bells and 32 figures. The best views of the show can be found on the top floor of the Hugendubel bookstore and the Cafe Glockenspeil.
As the heart of old town Munich, Marienplatz possesses the charm of a historic square and a trip up the Neues Rathaus tower offers the best panoramic views of Munich, on clear days you may even catch a glimpse of th Alps. From markets to churches, the iconic symbols of Munich are all easily accessible from the "Marienplatz" subway station.