Old Town Hall, Munich

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Old Town Hall, a late Gothic building constructed between 1470 and 1480, has been a canvas for various architectural styles as it was remodeled over the centuries. After it was damaged in World War II, the structure was finally restored to its original Gothic style. Be sure to look up in the ballroom to see the ornate wooden ceiling. Also look for the copies of the famous Morris Dancers and sculptures of Erasmus Grasser. A toy museum with history toys and games is tucked into the building, too. To visit Old Town Hall on your holiday in Munich, and find out what else Munich has to offer, use our Munich online day trip planner .
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  • Old Town Hall is one of Munich's landmarks, located on the east side of Marienplatz. The first mention of the Old Town Hall dates back to 1310, the large hall of the building was built in 1392-1394. It is known that in 1460 the complex was struck by lightning. In 1470-1480, under the leadership of Jorge von Halsbach, the town hall was reconstructed in the style of late Gothic. Later in the Renaissance, the facade was complemented by Renaissance elements. In 1861-1864 the building was reconstructed in a neo-Gothic style. In 1874, the City Council moved to the New Town Hall building on the north side of the same Marienplatz.
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  •  The Old Town Hall, with its red tongari roof, was designed in 1310 as part of a fortress to protect the city and is a gate set to the east of Marienplatz. In the 14th century, a large hall was established, but it disappeared in the 15th century by lightning strikes and was rebuilt into the late Gothic style by Munich architect Jeelk von Halspadch (the current building is It was restored back to the figure designed by Harspach after the war). It is now a toy museum.
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  • In general, it is a sightly building with simple old architecture. If it would stand somewhere far from the center, I would not advise to go somewhere specifically for its sake. But since it stands in the very center next to the new town hall, you must take at least five minutes to look at this building and evaluate the architecture of that time in another representative of it.
  • Pretty building that houses a sweet toy museum. Not very big but crammed with cool toys from the Victorian era and earlier, up to the mid 50s/60s. Lots of signage in English, which was very welcome and some cool displays if bears and dolls and wooden toys showing how they were made. My five year old enjoyed it, despite how hot it was inside. Note there is a lift to the top but it can get very cramped and the stairs are narrow so no strollers and not great for the less mobile.
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