Altes Rathaus (Old City Hall)

INNOCUOUS: The Old Town Hall is a nice bookend to Marienplatz.

ALTES RATHAUS: This old girl has changed her style more often than Madonna did in her early career.

Munich’s Old City Hall was designed by Jörg “Ganghoffer” Halspach and built 1470-1480, then overlooking the old Munich market.

Halspach was also responsible for the Frauenkirche’s design. The Rathaus counts as one of the cutest buildings in the city centre because of its little turrets and tower.

The structure’s face has changed to suit the mood of the times – renaissance, baroque, late gothic, you name it. The Old Town Hall was rebuilt in its original style after copping a beating in World War Two.

The tower, too, had been given a new look seven times over before being completely destroyed in the war and rebuilt to the original plans. It now houses a toy museum. The building's main hall often doubled as a ballroom.

The details

Location: Marienplatz 15, eastern end
Phone:089 23 39 24
Directions:Take any S-Bahn or U-Bahn 3 or 6 to Marienplatz.

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