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The Field Marshals’ Hall, or the Feldherrnhalle in Munich, is the architectural landmark of the first part of the 19th century. The building is a great hall with arches, the height of each is 20 meters. The hall is made in the style of the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence. The Feldherrnhalle is a symbol of the Bavarian military glory, and the hall became a culminating element of the Ludwigstrasse in Munich.

History of the Feldherrnhalle’s Origin

This Munich landmark was built by the architect Friedrich von Gärtner between the 1841 and 1844 years by the order of King Ludwig I of Bavaria. The building supposed to be a start of Ludwigstrasse, helping to systematize the design of the city streets.

Feldherrnhalle in Munich

The Feldherrnhalle was dedicated to the honorable Bavarian commanders, who distinguished themselves in the wars. Here you can see a bronze statue of Johann Tserclaes, the commander, who was the Catholic League’s field marshal, and also a monument of Prince von Wrede, the commander of a division of the Napoleon’s army, who afterwards had become a generalissimo of the Bavarian army, in the niches of the arcade.

The Lion Sculptures

There are two bronze lions in addition to the monuments of the commanders at the entrance to the Arcade. One of them is depicted with the open mouth and turned towards the king's manor, and another one is made with the closed mouth facing the temple. The lions are the symbols of ancient wisdom, which says: "You can argue with the monarch, but do not dare to argue with the Lord."

Feldherrnhalle in Munich

Interesting Facts

Apart from being both the landmark of Germany and symbol of the Bavarian glory, the Feldherrnhalle is also famous for the Beer Hall Putsch that was suppressed by Adolf Hitler and Erich Ludendorff near the Arcade in 1923. After some time after it, Hitler proclaimed the event as a significant moment in the history of Germany, and as long as the German Reich existed, all Nazi marches were finished only in front of the Feldherrnhalle.

For many years, this fact left the mark of the Nazi invasion on this monument of glory, and only after a while, the Germans remembered the original purpose of the Field Marshal’s Hall. Nowadays, the walking and bus tours are conducted here, during which the guides tell the story about the monuments and the great commanders who glorified the country.

Feldherrnhalle in Munich

Information for Tourists

Address: Residenzstrasse 1, Munich.

How to Get: The Feldherrnhalle is situated on the Odeonsplatz.

  • Metro: lines U3, U4, U5, U6, go to the station Odeonsplatz, and then follow the directions to the square;
  • By bus no. 100, 40, 41, go to the Odeonsplatz stop.

For a more detailed familiarization with the history and architecture of the city, it is worth to visit the Nymphenburg Palace, a former residence of the Bavarian rulers.

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Enjoy a 3-hour tour in Munich and comfortably discover the Bavarian state capital on a Segway. There is a lot to see in Munich from surfing on the Eisbach to the magnificent shopping street Maximilianstraße. Before your tour begins, you will have an introduction to riding the Segway.
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Dachau Memorial Site Walking Tour from Munich via Train
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Get a deeper understanding of the darkest part of Germany's history during this half-day tour of Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. With a guide, travel from Munich to the camp by train. Take a tour of the cells, barracks, and gas chamber as you learn about Munich's role in the development of the Nazi Party. Pay your respects at the memorial site, and watch a moving documentary about the camp. Children under the age of 14 are not allowed on the tour.
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Frankfurt to Munich City, Dachau Concentration Camp Day Trip
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Learn about Munich's most important landmarks, including the nearby Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, on this day trip from Frankfurt. Your day begins at Germany’s first Nazi concentration camp, where your expert guide provides important historical context to the bunkers, gas chambers, and other sights you see. Afterward, explore another side of German history with a comprehensive overview of Munich's famous attractions such as the Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady (Frauenkirche), Hofbräuhaus am Platzl beer hall, Old Town Hall at Marienplatz, and Viktualienmarkt.
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Discovering Munich's old city on a Segway is a wonderful experience. You can comfortably drive by the sights and attractions like Viktualienmarket, Hofbräuhaus, Königsplatz. and the and enjoy the special flair of the Bavarian state capital. There is also an introduction to the Segway for beginners before the tour starts.
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