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Church of Our Lady
Vacation Travel Guide

This Munich icon suffered serious damage during World War II. Today, though, its twin green domes rise above the city, dominating the Munich skyline in style.

The Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche) is the landmark cathedral of Munich. Composed primarily of red brick, the Frauenkirche was designed and built in the German Gothic style by architect Jörg von Halsbach in the 15th century. The green Renaissance-style domes were added in 1525. These were meant to cover the towers only temporarily, until expensive spires could be constructed, but people grew attached to the domes, and they remain a familiar feature of the Munich skyline.

Behind its austere façade, the Frauenkirche is enormous. The interior of the church is surprisingly vast. The space is divided by octagonal columns, so the nave and two long aisles appear much smaller. Take a moment to walk around inside, though, and you will get a sense of the scale of this building that can seat up to 4,000 people. For a glimpse over the red roofs of Munich and out toward the Alps, climb the Frauenkirche’s southern tower and gaze out. Restrictions on building in Munich ensure that the view from the tower is unparalleled in town. Note though that the tower may be closed for maintenance, so check whether it's open before you visit.

Search for the Frauenkirche’s most infamous feature, a black footprint shape near the entrance known as the Devil’s Step. There are a number of fascinating and dubious local legends about the origin of this enigmatic print. Next, view the impressive black marble and bronze mausoleum of Emperor Ludwig IV of Bavaria, which is just one of many tombs at the church. Other members of the Wittelsbach dynasty and the Munich clergy are also buried here.

The Frauenkirche is open every day, and tours run at 2 p.m. every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. It is situated in Frauenplatz in the center of Munich, just a short walk from the Marienplatz.

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Hotel Bayerischer Hof
Hotel Bayerischer Hof
5 out of 5
Promenadeplatz 2-6, Munich, BY
The price is CA $424 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 3

Located in Munich City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), Marienplatz, and Hofbrauhaus. Viktualienmarkt ...

4.3/5Excellent! (406 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel. Great location ! Staff is very courteous. We also enjoyed the bar / live music music downstairs."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 9, 2020

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Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski München
Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski München
5 out of 5
Maximilianstr. 17, Munich, BY
The price is CA $480 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 3

Located in Munich City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Munich Kammerspiele Schauspielhaus and Hofbrauhaus. Marienplatz and Viktualienmarkt are also ...

4.4/5Excellent! (917 reviews)
Very fancy! Worth the cost!

"A wonderful hotel, the staff is very friendly and attentive. The room was very spacious, many amenities, and very clean. The spa was nice, but I found it to be over priced. Breakfast was amazing as well, a big selection for the buffet, but also cook available. Would visit more often if it was cheaper, ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 1, 2020

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Platzl Hotel
Platzl Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Sparkassenstraße 10, Munich, BY
The price is CA $189 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4

Located in Munich City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps away from Hofbrauhaus, National Theater Munich and Cuvillies Theatre. Spielzeugmuseum and Bavarian ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (982 reviews)

"Location was very good. Room was small but comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 21, 2020

Platzl Hotel
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Hotel Bayerischer Hof
Hotel Bayerischer Hof
5 out of 5
Promenadeplatz 2-6, Munich, BY
The price is CA $424 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 3
Hotel Bayerischer Hof
Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski München
Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski München
5 out of 5
Maximilianstr. 17, Munich, BY
The price is CA $480 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 3
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Platzl Hotel
Platzl Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Sparkassenstraße 10, Munich, BY
The price is CA $189 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4
Platzl Hotel
Sofitel Munich Bayerpost
Sofitel Munich Bayerpost
5 out of 5
Bayerstrasse 12, Munich, BY
The price is CA $313 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 2
Sofitel Munich Bayerpost
Mercure Hotel München Altstadt
Mercure Hotel München Altstadt
3.5 out of 5
Hotterstr. 4, Munich, BY
The price is CA $173 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
Mercure Hotel München Altstadt
Hotel Nymphenburg City
Hotel Nymphenburg City
3 out of 5
Nymphenburger Str. 141, Munich, BY
The price is CA $80 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4
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Mandarin Oriental, Munich
Mandarin Oriental, Munich
5 out of 5
Neuturmstr. 1, Munich, BY
The price is CA $702 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 2
Mandarin Oriental, Munich
Motel One München - Sendlinger Tor
Motel One München - Sendlinger Tor
Herzog-Wilhelm-Straße 28, Munich, BY
The price is CA $137 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4
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Hotel Deutsche Eiche
Hotel Deutsche Eiche
3.5 out of 5
Reichenbachstraße 13, Munich, BY
The price is CA $144 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21
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