June 1991, Munich, Germany
The Marienplatz is dominated by the Neo-Gothic new city hall on the north side of the square. In front of the new city hall is the Mariensäule, which was erected in 1638 by the Prince-Elector Maximillian. In the distance you can see the twin towers of the Frauenkirche, one of the more popular symbols of the city.
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Bavaria’s Capital City
What trip to Bavaria would be complete without a visit to its capital city, Munich (München). Germany’s third largest city (after Berlin and Hamburg, Munich has a character that’s distinctly Bavarian. Residents of Munich simply seem to take life a little less seriously than other Germans.
Munich was first settled by monks in the 9th Century. The name of the city derives from the word for monk, Mönch, and the town’s emblem has always been a little monk. The importance of the town grew after Henry the Lion, Duke of Saxony, destroyed a bridge, warehouse and customs building and built a new bridge over the Isar at this settlement in the 12th Century. As a result, commercial traffic had to pass through this town, Henry collected his tolls, and the town flourished.