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Kreuzviertel Walking Tour (Self Guided), Munich

Kreuzviertel is one of the four quarters of Munich Alstadt. Historically here was located the centre of the clergy as there was a particularly high number of monasteries. Take this tour to admire the beautiful palaces and churches located in this area, and explore interesting shopping spots and museums.
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Guide Name: Kreuzviertel Walking Tour
Guide Location: Germany » Munich (See other walking tours in Munich)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
Author: alexei
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Karlsplatz
  • Kaufingerstrasse/Neuhauserstrasse
  • Burgersaal
  • Richard Strauss Fountain
  • St. Michael's Church
  • Museum of Hunting and Fishing
  • Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady)
  • Palais Porcia
  • Palais Holnstein

1) Karlsplatz

The Karlsplatz is the second largest square in Munich next to the Marienplatz. It is popularly known as Stachus and is located near the 14th century gate called the Karlstor.

The Karlsplatz was laid under instructions from the Elector karl Theodor in 1791. It is reputed to have got its popular name Stachus from a pub called Beim Stachus owned by Mathias Eustachius Föderl, that was located here before the square was laid. The other theory is that the name is a corruption of the word 'Stachel' or the arrows of marksmen who practiced their skills at the square. The Karlstor is a Gothic style gate that was once part of a large fortification. The Rondell buildings on both sides of the gate were designed by renowned architect, Gabriel von Seidl.

The main pedestrian shopping area of Munich is between Karlplatz and Marienplatz. The Stachus Square today, has a modern fountain built in the 1970s with seating spaces where shoppers and visitors can rest their feet in summer. In winter, the area around the fountain becomes an ice skating rink. The Kaufhof, which was the first department store founded after the war is located on the west side of the square. The underground has a large shopping center and Stachus Square serves as the main hub for Munich’s tramway system.
Sight description based on wikipedia

2) Kaufingerstrasse/Neuhauserstrasse (must see)

This shopping zone in central Munich is a complete pedestrian zone and is just a few steps away from the Hauptbahnhof. Modern stores like Zara, H&M, C&A, Mango, Karstadt, Kaufhof, Zero and many more are located here. Streetside vendors selling flowers, fruits, vegetables, roasted nuts, souvenirs add a different charm to the place. Numerous outdoor cafes allow you to take a break between your shopping, sit and watch people or just admire the architectural splendor of the surrounding buildings.

If you're in the city center but want to shop away from the mainstream stores, Sendlinger straße may have a bit more variation.

3) Burgersaal

The Bürgersaal is a small church in Munich managed by the Jesuit order located in Neuhauser Strasse towards the north of Marienplatz. People come here to pay homage to the anti Nazi Jesuit priest, Rupert Mayer who was later canonized by Pope John Paul II.

The Bürgersaal or Citizen’s Hall started as a meeting hall of a group called the Marian Congregation of Men. The group was affiliated to the Jesuit order. It was designed by Giovanni Antonio Viscardi and built between 1709 and 1710. It was used as a church from the year 1778. The building was severely damaged during the World War II bombardments and only the original frescoes survive.

The Bürgersaal is a two stored building with a baroque style facade. The lower part of the church consists of a low vaulted hall lined with statues placed in alcoves and a small chapel. The shrine of Father Rupert Mayer is located here and has become a well known place of pilgrimage. The best part of the church is the upper floor which houses some beautiful religious artworks. The relief in the altar, Mariae Verkündigung is regarded as a Baroque masterpiece by sculptor, Andreas Faistenberger. Another treasure found here is the sculpture of the guardian angel by Ignaz Günther. 13 oil landscape paintings by Franz Joachim Beich depicting places of pilgrimage in Bavaria adorn the walls of the upper floor of the Bürgersaal.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Richard Strauss Fountain

4) Richard Strauss Fountain

The Richard Strauss Fountain was created as a memorial to Richard Strauss, a renowned composer and one of Munich’s most celebrated sons. It is located near St. Michael’s Church on Neuhauser Strasse.

The Richard Strauss Fountain was created by Hans Wimmer to commemorate the great composer in 1962. Richard Strauss was born in Munich in 1864. His father, Franz Strauss, was the main horn player at the court opera. Richard Strauss was known for reviving the opera and for famous musical works like Death and Transfiguration, Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks and Also Sprach Zarathustra. The fountain is designed to pay a tribute to his most celebrated work, the opera ‘Salome’.

The Richard Strauss fountain consists of a bowl placed on a 6 meter high bronze column. Water falls from the bowl in different directions, according to the direction of the wind. The reliefs, carved around the pillar, are divided into six sections. Each section depicts scenes from Salome and unravels the plot of the story. The falling water looks like a wet veil portraying the final dance in the opera called the Dance of the Seven Veils, which is widely considered Strauss’s masterpiece. The fountain is visited by music lovers from around the world who come to pay their tribute to Richard Strauss.
St. Michael's Church

5) St. Michael's Church

The St. Michael's Church in Munich is the largest religious structure built in Renaissance style north of the Alps. It is managed by the Jesuit order and was built by the Duke of Bavaria, William IV, as a center for the Counter Reformation in response to Martin Luther’s protestant reforms of Christendom.

St. Michael’s Church was first built between the years 1583 and 1588 and was designed by an unknown architect. The church had an extensive barrel vaulted roof and a tower. The tower collapsed and damaged the newly constructed choir in 1590. After the accident, a grand choir and transept were added to the original structure and the church was consecrated in 1597.

The St. Michael’s Church is a masterpiece of design. The facade is divided by three cornices horizontally with figures portraying the agenda of the Counter Reformation. The figure of the Archangel Michael by sculptor Hubert Gerhard is placed on the ground floor niche. The stone figures in the other niches are of Dukes and Kings of Bavaria. The interior has a nave without aisles that gives it a bright and airy appearance. There is a magnificent Triumphal Arch in front of the choir. The three story high altar has another sculpture of St Michael fighting the devil by Christoph Schwarz as the altarpiece. The crypt holds the graves of members of the Wittelsbach Royal family who ruled Bavaria and those of the sculptor, Giovanni da Bologna and Eugène de Beauharnais, the son of Napoleon’s wife Josephine.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Museum of Hunting and Fishing

6) Museum of Hunting and Fishing

This museum, housed in a former Augustinian Church has exhibits dedicated to the history of hunting and fishing in Europe. It has the world’s largest collection of stuffed animals.

The Museum of Hunting and Fishing is housed in a 13th century Gothic building that was once the Augustinian monastery Church of St. John the Baptist and John the Evangelist. It is one of the oldest churches in Munich. The monastery was closed in 1803 and the building was used as a toll office. The World War II bombings caused extensive damage to the structure. It was restored and reopened as the Museum of Hunting and Fishing in 1966.

Visitors are welcomed by a Bronze Boar created by Martin Mayer in 1976 and a bronze catfish by Claus Nageler in 1982 at the entrance. The Museum of Hunting and Fishing has over 500 stuffed animals including a 12,000 year old taxidermied extinct Irish giant elk, a North American grizzly bear and a Wolpertinge, an extinct native Bavarian hare. Hunting weapons from the 15th century and fishing equipment from the Stone Age to the present are on display. Other notable exhibits are the antler collection of Count Maxmilian Garf Von Arco-Zinneberg and a rare collection of fish hooks. The museum also has game stations for the enjoyment of young visitors.

Operation Hours: Daily: 9.30 am - 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady)

7) Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) (must see)

The Frauenkirche is the seat of the Archbishop of Munich and Freising. Its two towers are landmarks of the city and command spectacular views over Munich and the Alps.

The Frauenkirche occupies the site of a former 12th century Marian Chapel. Prince Sigismund of Bavaria ordered the construction of a larger church dedicated to the Holy Virgin on the site in 1468. The simple Gothic structure was designed by Jörg von Halspach and Lukas Rottaler. The red brick church was completed and consecrated in 1494. The two towers with onion domes were added in 1525. The church was damaged during the World War II bombings. The roof collapsed and the north tower suffered severe damage. It was restored after the war and is a popular place of worship in the city.

The striking Gothic structure of the church is simple and dignified with little ornamentation. The Gothic vaulting over the nave and chancel is supported by two simple octagonal pillars. Windows are cleverly hidden behind columns making it look as if the church has only one window above the chancel. Treasures in the interior that survived the bombings are a painting called The Protecting Cloak, by Jan Polack, and the cenotaph of the Holy Roman Emperor Louis IV created by Hans Krumpper.

This is the city's mother church so photos are discouraged, and the needs of people coming to pray have to be considered.
In the nave of the church, you'll find the Devil's Footprint or Teufelstritt. If you step in it, you'll be engulfed in flames that hollow your skull and cause your head to shrink, a la Herman Dietrich in "Raiders of the Lost Ark".
To visit the church is kostenlos (free), but you will have to pay a small fee if you want to take the lift up the south tower, instead of hoofing it.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 7:30am-8:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Palais Porcia

8) Palais Porcia

The Palais Porcia is a large mansion located near the Residenz Royal Palace in Munich. It is the city’s oldest surviving Baroque style building.

The Palais Porcia was built in 1693 by the Fugger family of Counts. They were a wealthy family of bankers and generals from Augsburg in Bavaria. It was designed in Italian Baroque style by the Swiss architect, Enrico Zuccalli and was the first structure in Munich built in the style of Baroque Palaces of Italy. The Palais Porcia was purchased in 1710 by the scion of another Bavarian wealthy family, the Count Torring. The elector Charles Albert bought Palais Porcia in 1731 for his mistress, Countess Topor-Morawitzka. In 1736, he commissioned François de Cuvilles to redesign the interiors in Rococo style. The building gets its name from the husband of Countess Topor-Morawitzka, Prince Porcia. Jean Baptist Métivier integrated a concert hall in the palace in 1819. He was commissioned to do the task by ‘Museum’, a cultural organization that had at the time purchased the building.

From 1932, the Palais Porcia became the headquarters of a prominent Bavaria based German Bank, the Bayerische Vereinsbank. The building was severely damaged by the World War II bombings but was renovated and restored after the war by the bank between 1950 and 1952.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Palais Holnstein

9) Palais Holnstein

The Palais Holnstein is a large historic mansion commissioned by the Elector Charles Albert in 1733. It is regarded as the finest Rococo style building in Munich.

The architect François de Cuvilliés, a Belgian born Bavarian decorative designer who popularized the Rococo style of building design in Bavaria designed the Palais Holnstein between 1733 and 1737. The Elector Charles Albert had the building constructed as the residence for his mistress Baroness Sophie Caroline of Ingleheim and his illegitimate son through her, Count Franz Ludwig von Holnstein. He commissioned Johann Baptist Zimmermann, a well known painter and master stucco plasterer to decorate the interiors.

From 1821, the Palais Holnstein became the Archiepiscopal Palace. The Archbishops of Munich and Freising use the building as their residence. The best known resident of the palace is Cardinal Joseph Aloysius Ratzinger who lived here after he was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising by Pope Paul VI between 1977 and 1982. Cardinal Ratzinger is now Pope Benedict XVI. He stayed at the palace again during his visit to Munich in September 2006 after becoming Pope. Visitors are not allowed to view the interiors because of the building’s function as the Archbishop’s residence but the magnificent Rococo facade is available for all to see.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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