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The Squares of Munich: Karlsplatz Stachus

By  Sunday, 8.11.2015, 17:58    Tourist Sites

Sandwiched between the main train station and Marienplatz is Karlsplatz Stachus, or just Stachus if you a local, an expansive square with picturesque fountain in the summer, the biggest ice-skating rink in central Munich in winter. Like many locations in the city, Stachus has its differing seasonal appeals, and with the fountain and entrance to the pedestrian zone through the historic gothic gate known as Karlstor on its eastern side, it is a popular meeting point. Check out the video below.

The square owes its dual name to two entirely different factors. It was officially named Karlsplatz in 1797 after the unpopular Charles Theodore, Elector of Bavaria, but locals never took to him or the name, preferring to call it Stachus, after the pub Beim Stachus, which was located there until construction work on Karlsplatz began.

The neo-Baroque Palace of Justice is on the western side of the square, and for interested shoppers, Stachus has plenty to offer, from the extensive underground shopping and stores on the pedestrian zone to Kaufhof, the first giant department store in the city, built in 1950. 

Winter sees the atmosphere change completely, and Stachus turns into a hive of social activity, as a large skating rink lands on the square for the weeks around Christmas, complete with wooden hospitality buildings, allowing families to skate or relax over a glühwein while watching the kids skating below. Check out this Stachus skating video here.

Stachus is also one of the busiest transport hubs in the centre. In addition to the U4, U5 and S-Bahn, there is a taxi rank, bus stops and four tram lines, making it one of the most accessible points of the centre.

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Paul Bradbury

After 12 years living on the most gorgeous island in the world, Hvar in Dalmatia, I have begun to wonder if there is still life beyond its shores. Prior to discovering Paradise in 2002, I was a world traveller, living and working in Japan, Georgia, Somalia, Rwanda, Russia... and Munich.

After 95 countries and some 25 years have passed, the memories of my year in the hotel industry in the Bavarian capital (fired by the Sheraton for losing our pet snake, the first male chambermaid at Hotel Arabella, and a truly eye-watering introduction to five-star living in  my days as a bellboy in luxury Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten) are strong, and the call of Munich has been a constant theme over the last quarter century. 

And so here I am, answering the call some 25 years later. Twelve years of island living have changed me for sure, but also left me curious about life in a big city, and whether or not I could adapt to it after such an insular decade. 

I was surprised to see that for such a magnificent multi-cultural city, English-language blogs and regularly updated information are not that available. Static tourism information, such as that provided by the excellent tourist board website yes, but accounts of daily life delivered daily? Hard to find.

And so I have decided to take a break from my idyllic island and see if I could live in a city again. And what better way to try than to discover modern Munich in all its facets after so many years. It is a journey of discovery which I am relishing, and I hope the site proves to be of interest for Munich residents and its numerous visitors.

About Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski, Lavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes and Hvar's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island, as well as co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj, I have lived in Dalmatia full time since 2003. In addition to running Total Munich, I also run Total Split (www.croatia-split.com), Total Hvar (www.total-hvar.com) and Total Inland Dalmatia (www.total-inland-dalmatia.com), as well as being an accredited Google News journalist for Digital Journal in Canada.

I also have various blogging clients, including the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, European Coastal Airlines, Touristar TV and Andro Tomic Wines, and print clients include Qatar Airways inflight magazine, Out! magazine from New York, and Croatian Hotspots. 

In December 2014 I was delighted to receive the Marko Polo 2014 Award from FIJET Croatia (Federation of International Travel Writers and Journalists)  at a ceremony for the Croatian Journalists Society for the best international tourism promotion of Croatia. More here.

Ongoing writing projects:

A History of Hajduk Split, co-author with Frane Grgurevic - in 2015

Around the World in 80 Disasters - out in 2015

Total Hvar in the Media:

Interview of the Month, Croatian Embassy in Washington (May 2013)

Special Feature in Globus Magazine (May 2013)

Featured on Croatian TV show, More (2012) - watch the report here

Interviews in Slobodna Dalmacija, Dalmacijanews, Radio Split

I am available for writing services. Please contact me on [email protected] or visit my main writing website, www.bossandblogger.com 

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