Kings Square, Munich (Königsplatz)

The Royal Square (Königsplatz) is one of the most important and popular squares in the center of Munich.

Koenigsplatz is located in the Maxvorstadt district, which in turn is the center of Munich's cultural life and is primarily known for the Kunstareal München, a museum district known outside the city (in Bavaria and in Europe).

The square was created in the style of European classicism in the 19th century by the German architect Leo von Klenze by decree of the Bavarian crown Prince Ludwig I as the "Place of culture".

The area was named in the line leading to it from the street Queen / Königinstraße (today's street Brienner straße / Brienner Straße).

During the Third Reich, the area served as a site for mass rallies of the National socialist German workers party and was covered with granite plates. The burning of books in Nazi Germany, does not correspond to the ideology of national socialism occurred in Konigsplatz in 1933 as a symbolic act, including for the purpose of intimidation.

Today the Royal square is an open space with large lawns, where in summer to carry out different activities, also among locals and guests of the city.

Objects in the Royal square

The Propylaea

The Propylaea (Propyläen) is a historical monument, which is a former gate (the front passage), made in the Doric style and is located on the West side of the Royal square.

The Propylaea was built by German architect Leo von Klenze on behalf of king Ludwig I in 1862.

Munich Propylaea is made in purely classic style, with outer Doric columns, a portico with a triangular pediment and two towers.

The reliefs and sculptures of the gate is depicted, including scenes from the Greek war and the victory celebration. Read more on the Propylaea...


Glyptotek Museum (Glyptothek) - Museum of ancient sculpture and glyptic.

The Glyptothek located on the North side of the Royal square, at the address: Königsplatz 3.

The building was designed by Leo von Klenze for Ludwig I order to accommodate personal and family collection of Greek and Roman sculptures.

The construction took place between 1816 and 1830 in neoclassical style and completely made of marble.

During the Second world war the Glyptothek was destroyed. The restoration work of the building was started in 1947, and it was decided to carry out the building in a more simple form.

Today the building of the Glyptothek, made in the classical Greek-Italian style. Has ionic columns, a portico with a triangular pediment and niches in the external walls are frequent, in which there are Roman and Greek sculpture.

The collection of the Glyptothek, includes works of art from four eras, from archaic period (circa 650 BC) to late Roman (circa 400 BC). Read more about Glyptothek...

State antique collection

State antique collection or state collection of antiquities (Staatlichen Antikensammlungen) is a Museum, which houses one of the most extensive collections of antiquities Greek, Etruscan and Roman art in Germany.

The Museum is located on the South side of the Royal square, at the address: Königsplatz 1.

The Museum building was built according to the plans of architect Georg Friedrich Riblanda between 1838 - 1848 years in the Corinthian style of the temple by order of Ludwig I.

The Museum building stands a columned portico with a triangular pediment, in which is depicted, including Bavaria with two lions. The Central part of the roof is decorated with Phoenix.

The collection of the State collections of antiquities goes back to the collection of antiquities of the dynasty of Wittelsbacher, and, in particular, to the personal collection of king Ludwig I.

The collections date back, including objects BC, and are of Greek, Etruscan and Roman art and objects of everyday life: portraits, ceramics, vases, bronzes, terracottas, glass, jewelry and precious stones. Read more about State antique collection...

From the North-West side of the Royal square is the City gallery in the house Lenbach (Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus), which is an art Museum located in the former house-Villa of the German portrait painter Franz von Lenbach (1836-1904) was with a modern annexe.

The Museum's collections contain a variety of the Munich artists, especially the 18th - 19th centuries.

The address of the gallery in the house Lenbach: Louisenstrasse, 33 (Luisenstraße). Read more about the gallery in the Lenbachhaus...

On the West side of the Royal square located:

- the documentation centre Nazi party (NS-Dokumentationszentrum), focusing on the history and consequences of the Nazi regime and the role of Munich as the "capital of the movement" national socialism.

Address: Max-Mannheimer-Platz 1 (Max-Mannheimer-Platz). Site: ns-dokuzentrum-muenchen;

- the Museum of plaster casts of classical images or Museum copies of ancient sculptures (Museum für Klassischer Bildwerke Abgüsse), which is a gallery with a collection of plaster copies (casts) of the famous ancient Greek and Roman sculptures (statues and busts from 700 BC to 500 BC), which was reproduced in accordance with the originals.

Address: Katharina-von-Bora-straße 10 (Katharina-von-Bora-Straße). Museum website: abgussmuseum.

Where to stay near Royal square

5-star Rocco Forte The Charles hotel overlooking the old Botanical garden.

In the hotel: Spa with indoor pool, sauna, steam bath and fitness room; soundproof rooms with free Wi-Fi; restaurant; bistro with a terrace and a bar; a private garage.

The rooms and suites: air conditioning, flat-screen TV, a bathroom with bath and separate shower. Link to the hotel booking

The 3-star King's Hotel Center Superior with terrace, lobby, private Parking and free Wi-Fi.

In rooms: TV with satellite channels, a private bathroom, tea/coffee maker.

Room rates may include Breakfast. Link to the hotel booking

Design hotel Ruby Lilly Parking, a tour Desk, free Wi-Fi throughout and private Parking.

In room: a tablet computer, a flat-screen satellite TV, a bathroom with free toiletries and a Hairdryer.

Room rates can be inclusive of the Breakfast buffet. Link to the hotel booking

Tolle Wohnung apartments with free Wi-Fi, heating, air conditioning, 3 bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom and a terrace. The link apartments booking

All accommodation in Munich, including in close proximity to the Royal square, it is possible to look and book here booking

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