The pair of lions watching over the area from the Feldherrnhalle bore witness to one of Munich’s most infamous incidents.
On November 8, 1923 the then still small-time rabble-rouser Adolf Hitler tried to take over the government at a nearby beer hall in an incident that's known as the "Beer Hall Putsch".
He and his supporters kept 3,000 people hostage for an entire night before realising the attempt wasn’t going places.
Then his mob of about 2,000 armed brutes marched down to the square to be met by a force of 100 policemen. A firefight broke out leaving 16 Nazis and four policemen dead.
Hitler ended up in a Landsberg prison over the attack, where he penned his manifesto Mein Kampf (My Struggle).
Nazi-era temples that one stood on the square have long since been removed but there’s still a small plaque on the pavement in tribute to the murdered policemen.
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