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Gärtnerplatz: Popular hotspot for young people

Sommer am Gärtnerplatz, Foto: Leonie Liebich
Foto: Leonie Liebich

Gärtnerplatz makes Munich feel like Italy

Gärtnerplatz was built in 1860 as a central square in the Isarvorstadt district. Today, the square with its Mediterranean flair is the centre of Munich's trendy quarter.

The most important information about Gärtnerplatz at a glance

  • Location: in the district Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt near the old town. You can also get there from the Munich central station via the U-Bahn stop "Fraunhoferstraße" (U1/U2) in less than 10 minutes. Gärtnerplatz is also only a good 10-minute walk from Marienplatz and the Old Town
  • Special features: theater, atmosphere, nightlife
  • History: Built in honor of the famous architect Friedrich von Gärtner, who designed the LMU University and Munich's Siegestor, among others.


Flowers, architecture and ambience

Der Gärtnerplatz im Sommer bei bewölktem Himmel, Foto:

The fountain and the lush flowerbeds in the center, the stepped building of the Gärtnerplatz Theater and the numerous cafés give the square an almost southern flair.

Especially in summer there is a lot of hustle and bustle here, because the Gärtnerplatz and its entire neighborhood are known for a colorful togetherness. Whether young or old, single or family: this is where people meet to linger and enjoy themselves.

Gärtnerplatztheater: A colorful mix of musicals and theater

Das sanierte Gärtnerplatztheater von außen, Foto: / Dan Vauelle
Foto: / Dan Vauelle

 The late classicist state theater has a decisive influence on the appearance of Gärtnerplatz. King Ludwig II made the Gärtnerplatztheater the Bavarian court theater of its time.

Today, it is considered Munich's "people's opera" and attracts numerous visitors every evening with its repertoire of operettas, musicals, plays and ballet performances.

Nightlife and trendy venues

Das Pimpernel in der Müllerstraße, Foto: Pimpernel
Foto: Pimpernel

Popular pubs, trendy bars, dance clubs and night-time kiosks: Even late at night, there's still plenty going on in the neighborhood around Gärtnerplatz.

Together with the adjacent Glockenbachviertel, Gärtnerplatz has established itself as a nightlife and trendy district in recent years.

History: Built in honor of Friedrich von Gärtner

The square was named after the architect Friedrich von Gärtner, in whose honor it was built.

Gärtner had rendered outstanding services to the city of Munich, for example, by planning the LMU university, the Ludwigskirche church or the Victory Gate.

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