Comfort Hotel Andi Munich City Center
Phone: (49) 89 5525560
Fax: (49) 89 55255666
Landwehrstrasse 33, Munich, DE, 80336
- Phone: (49) 89 5525560
- Fax: (49) 89 55255666
When the foundations of the city walls were laid in 1791, Prince Karl Theodor ordered the construction of a square in front of the Neuhauser Tor, now the Karlstor. The square was named Karlsplatz after the prince, although the locals call it Stachus, probably after the Wirtschaft zum Stachus, or Stachus Inn, opened by Eustachius Föderl in 1755. The circular structures were built in 1899-1902 by Gabriel von Seidl in place of an earlier building erected in 1803. Karlsplatz was one of the busiest squares in the world in the 1920's. It was pedestrianised in 1972 to form the western edge of the pedestrian zone and, despite an unfortunate fountain and the traffic on Altstadtring which cuts the square off from the western side of the city, it is a popular meeting-place and one of the last sunny spots in the evening.
Built between 1285-1347, Karlstor served as Munich's western city gate until Prince Karl Theodor ordered the city walls to be demolished in 1791. Only the gate was left standing and was renamed after the prince. In 1899-1902 Karlsplatz was redesigned by the architect Gabriel von Siedl. The gate was incorporated as the centrepiece of the neo-baroque square, which now also features a stunning fountain erected in 1972. Karlstor marks the border between the old and new parts of town.
St. Matthew's is an historic church in central Munich. Inside you'll find the requisite decor and services, as well as a full calendar of lectures and the occasional concert. See website for event listings and more.
Erected between 1891-97 by Friedrich von Thiersch, this monumental and well-proportioned building combines Renaissance and Baroque elements, and is one of the most successful examples of late 19th century German historicism. Its eastern wing, which you can see from Karlsplatz (Stachus), is particularly attractive with its sculptured central section and exaggerated Attica, behind which rises an impressive glass and iron dome. The Justizpalast (Palace of Justice) was destroyed in the War and while the interior has not been restored entirely to its original glory, it is nevertheless impressive. On the northern side, you will see the neo-Gothic Neue Justizpalast (New Palace of Justice), which was also built by Thiersch in 1906-08.
In the early 14th century, the city underwent great structural improvements as part of the expansion programme ordered by Ludwig VI of Bavaria. Sendlinger Tor was first documented in 1318 as the 'gateway to Italy' and, along with Neuhausertor and Isartor, formed part of secondary fortifications built in the 14th century. The main tower was demolished in 1810, yet both side towers were restored by Zenetti in 1860. In 1906, the three routes through the gate were substituted with a single one by Bertsch. The oldest cinema in the city, Filmtheater Sendlinger Tor, is located opposite St.Matthäus Kirche (1953-55) on the other side of the square.
The ancient church was constructed in 1709-10 according to plans by G.A. Viscardi and it has served as a church since 1778. Destroyed in World War II, it was the first church to be reconstructed in Munich in 1945-46. The facade is in its original condition and on the lower floor is the last resting place of the Jesuit Rupert Mayer (1876-1945) who fought for the resistance against the Nazi regime and is still revered by the people of Munich. On the upper floor you can see the renovated chapel.
The church was erected by the Gunetzrhainer brothers (1732-1735). Designed by the Asam brothers, only the Baroque interior survived the Second World War. The church is famed for its coherence of design - between space, furniture and architecture. In former times the St Anna Damenstift was a religious refuge for ladies from the noble classes.
Built for meetings and functions of the Munich Künstlergenossenschaft (Munich Artists' Association), the Künstlerhaus was erected at the height of Munich's 'Golden Age' (1892-1900). Another storey was added overlooking the Karlsplatz in 1937/8. Partly destroyed during the War, the building - a prime example of Regency architecture, with playful references to the Renaissance inside and out - was reconstructed by Erwin Schleich in 1955. The foyer of the main hall and the Venetian Room, now part of Mövenpick, are particularly worth seeing, as are the restored hall and Lenbachzimmer.
The former Rechberg Palace, built by the Duke of Rechberg in 1688 and owned by the Radspieler family since 1848, is a prime example of classical Bavarian architecture. The most famous resident was the poet Heinrich Heine, who lived here in 1827-28. The garden in the courtyard, with its luscious lawns and old trees, is one of the few remaining examples of a traditional, aristocratic Munich garden. The interior was recently renovated.
This quiet and unassuming church which was built by the Cosmas brothers in the 18th century, has an entrance that is framed by foundations of raw rock. Once you enter you may be surprised, for the interior is exquisite. The walls are red stucco and marble which is one reason that this church is regarded as a foremost example of German late-Baroque architecture. It had to be rebuilt after the Second World War.
Snuggled in probably the city's oldest inn circa the mid 15th century, Hundskugel is the ideal place if you want a taste of authentic German and Bavarian dishes. Must haves are the roasted pig, regional sausage and meat dishes. Definitely a happening place for all the meat lovers and beer fans since they have a good selection. The restaurant is also very small, so it would be better to reach there earlier.
Made up of four wings, this imposing Renaissance building was originally erected as a Jesuit school at the end of the sixteenth century. After the Jesuit Order was banned in 1773, the house was used by a variety of different institutions including the Bavarian State Library between 1774-1843 and the Academy of Fine Arts in 1784-1885. Munich's university was even temporarily accommodated here until its campus was completed. The Alte Akademie was destroyed in the Second World War but was rebuilt and is now home to the Regional Department of Statistics.