MUNICH — Odeonsplatz

This is a large, beautiful square bordered by the Feldherrnhalle, the Theatinerkirche and the Hofgarten. It is the focal point of two main streets, the Ludwigstrasse and the Briennerstrasse.

The sights found here are:
Feldherrnhalle
Theatinerkirche
Hofgarten
Bayerische Staatskanzlei
Deutsches Theatermuseum

Feldherrnhalle

Feldherrnhalle
This building with its huge arches was built in honour of the military leaders under the Wittelbachs. It is the site of the infamous ‘Beer Hall Putsch’ where Adolf Hitler started as an orator in front of crowds of half drunken people from the beer halls of Munich in the 1930s and he tried to gain power by a coup directed against the Bavarian government. Many people were killed here and Hitler was jailed for a few months and this is when he wrote ‘Mein Kampf’.

Theatinerkirche

Theatinerkirche
This church is found opposite the Feldherrnhalle and the Hofgarten on the Odeonsplatz. It has an impressive yellow facade and was built between 1663 and 1690 to commemorate the birth of Prince Max Emanuel. The huge twin towers are a landmark of Munich’s skyline. Several members of the House of Wittelsbach are buried here. Today the southern annex houses the Bavarian State Ministry for Education and Culture.

Hofgarten

Hofgarten
These gardens were the former Royal Gardens and are found on the east side of the Odenplatz. The original gardens contained circular temples, avenues of mulberry trees, fountains, arcades, ornamental box hedges and fruit trees. In the centre of the gardens is a survivor from the original — a pavilion from 1615 with its eight arches. On top of the pavilion is a copy of a bronze figure symbolising the treasures of the Bavarian land — grain, game, water and salt. The original is in the Emperor’s Hall of the Residenz.
For more information visit the website at:
http://www.residenz-muenchen.de/englisch/garden/index.htm

Bayerische Staatskanzlei

Bayerische Staatskanzlei
This is the Barvarian chancellery where the governor’s office is housed. The beautiful dome is the only section left of the former Army Museum and it was left as a war memorial.
For more information visit the website at:
http://www.bayern.de/English-.594/index.htm

Deutsches Theatermuseum
This museum was founded in 1910 and it is a great place to visit if you are a theatre fan. It has a huge collection of stage sets, props, costumes, masks and theatre programmes from all over the world and is a thorough history of theatre in German-speaking countries. The library also contains manuscripts, scores and journals and it is free. The museum hosts special exhibitions throughout the year.
For more information visit the following website at:
http://www.museen-in-bayern.de/inhalt/content_fs.php?type=museen&lang=en