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Trip Report Munich City Gates

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Just down the street from Marienplatz, (Munich's main square since the 1100s) , in three directions, are the remains of the Munich medieval city gates, dating back to the 1300s.

To the west is Karlstor. The walk to Karlstor from Marienplatz will take you on wide pedestrian streets, past St. Michael’s, the church that contains the remains of King Ludwig II, the young king that built the castle that inspired the Disney Castle (Neuschwanstein Castle). For a nominal fee, you can visit the crypt of the deceased kings underneath the church.

To the east of Marienplatz is Isartor, the city gate that faces the River Isar. This one is the most beautiful, in my opinion, with paintings still adorning it.

To the south is Sendlinger Tor, the oldest of the three gates is partially covered by ivy. On the way to Sendlinger Tor, stop by Assam Kirsche, the church designed and built by two famous architect brothers. The interior is covered with gold, lots of it. The house they lived in is beside the church. It contains office and retail spaces now; we walked into their courtyard.

City walls connected these gates and stood until the late 1700s when the ruler of the time tore it down since it impeded the growth of the city. These were the outer city walls. Inner city walls were replaced by the outer city walls in the 1200s. Try to walk to all the gates, it will give you an idea of the size of the Medieval Munich city center. All are walkable from Marienplatz, even on the same day. All roads to the gates from Marienplatz are lined with restaurants and shops.

Stop at any gate named U-Bahn or S-Bahn station (i.e. Isartor, Karlstor or Sendlinger Tor). Walk towards the center to Marienplatz to see the cuckoo clock and Viktuellemarkt - Munich's famous market contains a biergarten. From there, you can decide which gate to visit next.

Feel free to check my blog for pictures.
http://budgettravelwithkids.com/blog/munich/

Happy Exploring!

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