MUNICH — Marienplatz to Max-Joseph-Platz

Max-Joseph-Platz is a square north of Marienplatz containing several famous buildings. It is named after the first king of Bavaria, King Max I Joseph and his monument can be seen in the middle of the square. On the eastern side of the square you will find the National Theatre home to the Bavarian State opera. At the southern end of the square is the main Post Office with its Florentine arcades which were built so the king had a nice view from his office.

The sights found here are:
Hofbräuhaus
Alter Hof
Münzhof
Maximilianstrasse
Residenz
Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst

Hofbrauhaus

Hofbräuhaus
This very famous beer drinking hall consists of long wooden tables and benches. You can only buy beer in 1 litre sized glasses and this can be accompanied by Barvarian-style food. There is entertainment by a Bavarian brass band playing both traditional and modern music. It is very touristy but still a lot of fun. You will need to come early to get a table.
For more information on the Hofbrauhaus visit the website at:
http://www.hofbraeuhaus.de/en/index_en.html

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Alter Hof
This palace was the original medieval residence of the Wittelsbachs. The palace now houses local government offices. Make sure you see the interesting bay window on the southern wall as you enter the courtyard.

Münzhof
This building is the former mint and it is found on Hofgraben. The courtyard is worth seeing because of its three-story arcades dating from 1567.

Maximilianstrasse
This is Munich’s best shopping street and here you will find a lot of designer shops, galleries and cafes. This street is named after King Max II. Maximilianstrasse starts at Max-Joseph Platz and connects the suburb Haidhausen with the city centre.

Residenz

Residenz
This building housed the Bavarian rulers, Wittelsbach from 1385 to 1918. The Residenz was originally a small moated castle but was gradually expanded by the rulers for a residence and as the seat of government. There are about 130 rooms and because of its size the museum is divided into two sections, one open in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Some of the highlights of the building are the Antiquarium (Hall of Antiquities) and the early 17th century rooms of the Reiche Kapelle (Ornate Chapel), the Steinzimmer (Stone Rooms) and the Trierzimmer (Trier Rooms). Other rooms worth seeing are the magnificent Rococo Rooms — Reiche Zimmer (Rich Rooms) by François Cuvilliés.
The entrance to the Residenz museum also leads to the Treasury Museum which is worth a visit for the beautiful jewels found here including crowns, sceptres and jewellery.
For more information visit the website at:
http://www.residenz-muenchen.de/englisch/residenc/index.htm

Traveller's Tip

You can take a guided tour of the Residenz or you can do it yourself with the English-language guide which is very good. You should do either one of these to get the best experience from this museum.

Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst
The Egyptian Museum is basically two large rooms with a wonderful assortment of Egyptian art. The collection includes many beautiful coffins, some striking mummy masks and the mummy of a young Roman child. There are also some Coptic textiles and Egyptian statues created in Italy during the Roman empire.
For more information visit the website at: http://www.aegyptisches-museum-muenchen.de/de/index.htm