Karlsplatz, Munich

Karlsplatz, Munich

Karlsplatz, located in close proximity to the 14th-century Karlstor gate, stands as the second-largest square in Munich, trailing only behind Marienplatz. It is widely recognized by the local community as "Stachus."

This square came into existence under the directive of Elector Karl Theodor in 1791. It is believed that the moniker "Stachus" can be traced back to a former pub named "Beim Stachus," which was owned by Mathias Eustachius Föderl and once stood at this location prior to the square's construction. Alternatively, some theories propose that the name may have evolved from the word "Stachel," referring to the arrows used by marksmen who practiced in this area.

As for the Karlstor, an imposing Gothic-style gate, it was once an integral part of a substantial fortification. The architectural design of the Rondell buildings flanking the gate is credited to the renowned architect Gabriel von Seidl.

The primary pedestrian shopping district of Munich spans between Karlplatz and Marienplatz. Among the contemporary attractions at Stachus is a modern fountain, constructed in the 1970s, providing seating for shoppers and visitors to relax during the summer months. In winter, this area around the fountain transforms into an ice skating rink. On the west side of the square, one can find Kaufhof, the very first department store established after World War II. Below ground, there is an extensive shopping center, and Stachus Square serves as a central hub for Munich's tramway system.

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Sight Name: Karlsplatz
Sight Location: Munich, Germany (See walking tours in Munich)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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