Sendlinger Tor: A historic city gate within Munich

Sendlinger Tor im Frühjahr, Foto: Melina Pfeffer / muenchen.de
Foto: Melina Pfeffer / muenchen.de

A historic Munich city gate in the center

The Sendlinger Tor is one of the remaining city gates in Munich's historic old town, an important U-Bahn station, and lively meeting place…

Sendlinger Tor: The most important information at a glance

The Sendlinger Tor is part of Munich's historic Old Town and today serves as an important traffic junction:

  • History: it is one of three historically preserved city gates of Munich's old town and dates back to the 14th century.
  • Location: It is located in the so-called Hackenviertel and separate the old town from the Isarvorstadt district. It is one of the next stops from the main central station via the U-bahn.
  • Construction site on the subway: The Sendlinger Tor station is an important hub in local transportation - it will be thoroughly modernized by 2022.

Sendlinger Tor's shops, cinema, and Christmas markets

Sendlinger Tor, Foto: Katy Spichal
Foto: Katy Spichal

In the square in front of the Sendlinger Tor, you will find traditional shops and gastronomy, as well as a cinema that is now almost a hundred years old. The cinema is regarded as one of the most beautiful in Munich, not least of all because of its large, painted film posters and classical architecture, which recalls the cinemas of the early 20th century.

In December, a popular Christmas market is held here every year. At this time of year, Sendlinger Tor glows with a special radiance, inviting visitors to enjoy a stroll.

The fountain at Sendlinger-Tor-Platz

One highlight is the fountain in Sendlinger-Tor-Platz. The fountain and its basins have a diameter of more than 18 metres, and extend over an area of 320m².

Five fountains, with a height of approximately 3.50 metres, are grouped around a sixth central fountain. The system is the work of sculptor Heiner Schumann and has been in operation since 1972. In 2012 it was renovated.

During the summer, it is the perfect place to cool down and refresh yourself.

History of the historic city gate

Das Sendlinger Tor 1840, gemalt von Christian Frederick Carl Holm.
  • The construction of the Sendlinger Tor was commissioned by Ludwig of Bavaria. Between 1285 and 1337 a second city fortification was built, which also led to the construction of the Sendlinger Tor.
  • In 1420, the two characteristic side towers were added. In 1860, Arnold Zenetti carried out a restoration of the structure
  • During the modification of the buiding in 1906, Wilhelm Bertsch replaced the original gate entrances with a central arch for traffic-related reasons.
  • In the Second World War, the Sendlinger Tor was only slightly damaged. During the 1980s, it underwent general renovation works.

M-WLAN - Free wifi in Munich's squares

Please note: due to construction works, the W-LAN hotspot at Sendlinger Tor currently has limited availability.

Free wifi is available in many of Munich's squares, allowing you to use the internet free of charge. You can find more information about these wifi hotspots here. W-LAN is a free service that is offered by the city of Munich together with its technical partners - the utility companies of the city. muenchen.de and M-net are sponsors of the project.

Conversion of the U-Bahn station by 2022

, Foto: MVG München
Foto: MVG München

The Sendlinger Tor U-Bahn (underground) station is an important interchange station in Munich's public transport system. It is currenty being renovated, modernised and rebuilt for completely barrier-free access on all three levels. The works should be concluded during 2022. In the area surrounding the Sendlinger Tor, the traffic routes on Sonnenstraße will be altered as part of the works.

More information about the construction project and traffic alterations (German).

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