The Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus) serves today as a building for representative purposes for the city council in Munich. The Old Town Hall bounds the central square Marienplatz on its east side.

The building, documented for the first time in 1310, had its Grand Hall constructed in 1392/1394. The former Talburg Gate of the first city wall serves as spire. The Old Town Hall was re-designed in late-gothic style by Jörg von Halsbach 1470-1480. The Grand Hall was decorated by the Morris dancers, created by Erasmus Grasser. After alterations of the facade during the Renaissance and again in the Baroque the building was restored in neo-gothic style 1861-1864. In 1874 the municipality moved to the New Town Hall.

For the passage of increased road traffic the Old Town Hall was tunneled in 1877 with a drive-through and a separate pedestrian's passage, as well as once again in 1934/35, this time finally destroying the original ground floor. During World War II the building was severely damaged and the spire was reconstructed in 1971-1974. Parts of the neo-Gothic elements, especially the statues of Ludwig the Bavarian (west facade) and Henry the Lion (east facade) and the gable design are preserved.

The Grand Hall was the venue for the speech of Joseph Goebbels on November 9, 1938 which is known as the prelude for the Kristallnacht (Crystal Night, a pogrom against Jews).



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Marienplatz 15, Munich, Germany
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Founded: 1392
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Germany
Historical period: Habsburg Dynasty (Germany)


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SACHIT VARMA (18 months ago)
Small but interesting toy museum. The building used to be the former Rathaus aka town hall. The exterior looks better with the gothic work done to renovate the structure.
Julia Steinweh-Adler (18 months ago)
This museum is surprisingly small and really felt like someone’s private collection, but that didn’t prevent it from having quite an array of interesting objects. I was happy to see that the captions were mostly both in English and German. Admission was 4€ which felt about right considering the location and the assortment of items. It was fascinating to see the development of toys over time, and this museum certainly had some old pieces. Part of what I enjoyed about this museum was the view from the high tower. If you are looking for more quick but interesting things to do in Marienplatz, I would recommend checking this museum out.
Ayka Jumaliyeva (18 months ago)
The museum entrance is 4 euro. Really interesting toys. You can find toys of 18th century even.did enjoy much! Not many people visit this museym
Vivien Kornis (19 months ago)
The Spielzeugmuseum is very nice! I felt nostalgic.
Michael J (2 years ago)
We visited this toy museum with my five daughters and they loved it. Seriously though the exhibits are in small rooms on about 6 different floors. You climb to each floor on a small circular staircase. Though there is a elevator. The toys were cool. Many from before the 1900’s, many from earlier than that
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