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Karlsplatz - Stachus

Stroll around this pedestrianized square at the gateway to Munich’s old town and check out Gothic architecture and a lively shopping district.

Karlsplatz is a broad square fronting Munich’s ancient city gates. Officially named after the 18th-century Elector of Bavaria, Karl Theodor, the square is more commonly referred to by locals as Stachus as a tribute to a historic pub that once stood here. Explore the spacious square to see medieval architecture amid modern department stores and shopping malls. Crowned by a large 1970s fountain, Karlsplatz is a busy pedestrianized thoroughfare as well as a popular meeting place for locals and visitors.

Step into the wide-open square and take a moment to survey the surrounding architecture. Note the formidable neo-Baroque Palace of Justice and the historic Kaufhof, the first department store to be built in Munich following World War II. The medieval Karlstor stands firm on the square’s central border. First documented in 1301, the ancient city gate is flanked by late 18th-century buildings. Admire the gate’s design, which is comprised of three arched doorways and symmetrical towers. The structure marks the western edge of the five former city gates, only three of which remain today.

Check out the large fountain in the center of the square. This water feature sends up a misty display in the summer months. Take a seat on the square’s benches while the kids play among the jets of water. During winter, this area becomes an open-air ice skating rink. Lace up a pair of rental skates and join the fun.

Beneath Karlsplatz is an extensive underground shopping mall. If you want to see even more stores and boutiques, head through the Karlstor gates to reach the busy pedestrianized shopping strip that extends between Karlsplatz and Marienplatz. Also spot historic churches and significant civic buildings while strolling along this strip.

Karlsplatz is located on the western edge of Munich’s heart. It is a 5-minute walk to the city’s main train station. Local tram, bus and train services have stations at Karlsplatz. The square is open at all times and free to visit.

Get the most out of your time spent at Karlsplatz - Stachus. Here's a list of the top things to do:

Why not consider trying out a Munich City Segway Tour or an Oktoberfest Tour with Beer Hall Access?

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Eden Hotel Wolff $122
Eden Hotel Wolff

Eden Hotel Wolff

Arnulfstr. 4, Munich, BY
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located near the slopes, this Munich City Centre hotel is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), Town Hall of Marienplatz, and Old Pinakothek. New Pinakothek and Residenz are also within 1 mi (2 km). Central U-Bahn and Munich Central Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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    NH Collection München Bavaria

    Arnulfstrasse 2, Munich, BY
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Munich City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Karlsplatz - Stachus and Koenigsplatz. Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche) and Technical University of Munich are also within 15 minutes. Central U-Bahn and Munich Central Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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      Hotel MIO by AMANO

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      Sendlinger Strasse 46, Munich
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Munich City Centre, this hotel is steps from Asamkirche and Sendlinger Tor. Rathaus-Glockenspiel and Marienplatz are also within 10 minutes. Sendlinger Gate U-Bahn is only a 4-minute walk and Karlsplatz (Stachus) Station is 8 minutes.

        Atrium Hotel München $92
        Atrium Hotel München

        Atrium Hotel München

        Landwehrstraße 59, Munich
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Munich City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Paul's Church and Theresienwiese. Karlsplatz - Stachus and Sendlinger Tor are also within 15 minutes. Theresienwiese U-Bahn is only a 4-minute walk and Central U-Bahn is 8 minutes.

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          Hotel Europäischer Hof - Adults Only

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          Bayerstrasse 31, Munich
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Munich City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of German Theater and Karlsplatz - Stachus. Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche) and Koenigsplatz are also within 15 minutes. Central U-Bahn and Munich Central Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            Hotel Cristal München $76
            Hotel Cristal München

            Hotel Cristal München

            Schwanthalerstr. 36, Munich, BY
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Le Méridien München $166
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              Le Méridien München

              Bayerstr. 41, Munich, BY
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Sofitel Munich Bayerpost $237
                Sofitel Munich Bayerpost

                Sofitel Munich Bayerpost

                Bayerstrasse 12, Munich, BY
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Munich City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Marienplatz, Pinakothek der Moderne, and Residenz. Hofbrauhaus and Deutsches Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km). Central U-Bahn and Munich Central Station are within a 5-minute walk.