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The Squares of Munich: Odeonsplatz

By  Monday, 9.11.2015, 11:02    Tourist Sites

Developed in the 19th century and named after a former concert hall on its southwestern side, Odeonsplatz has played an important part in Munich's recent history, for events and processions, as well as an important piece of National Socialism history. 

Originally conceived to make the route from Residenz to Nymphenburg Castle more appealing, it has been used for important parades (more recently with the funeral procession of Franz Josef Strauss) and the 1871 military victory parade, and the annual Oktoberfest also uses it on its route.

Adolf Hitler, who painted at least one work of Odeonsplatz was here in the crowd on August 2, 1914, at a demonstration where the declaration of war was announced, and as you can see from the historical reenactment in the video below:

Hitler made a more last mark on the history of Odeonsplatz just nine years later. Historians tend to agree that the location was chosen due to its parading history for what turned out to be the Beer Hall Putsch of 1923. 16 Nazis and 4 police officers were killed, and during the Third Reich, an annual march to Königsplatz took place to remember the Nazi fallen, who were buried at Königsplatz. A memorial to the Nazi fallen which required everyone passing to salute was demolished in 1945, and a plaque in the pavement honouring the policemen was introduced instead, follow by another in the wall of Residenz in 2010. 

Odeonsplatz is also a great concert venue, and there are numerous events throughout the year, which are very popular, like this classical concert in the video below. Can an atmosphere be any more different to a declaration of war?

The imperious lions of Feldherrnhalle watch allcomers travelling down Ludwigstrasse, while the Baroque Theatinerkirche dates back to the 17th century, having been commissioned by Elector Ferdinand Maria and his wife, Henriette Adelaide of Savoy, as a gesture of thanks for the birth of the long-awaited heir to the Bavarian crown, Prince Max Emanuel, in 1662.

Odeonsplatz is ideally located for other popular spots. To the south, the start of the pedestrian zone and Marienplatz is just 100 metres away, and to the east, the delightful Hofgarten and start of the greenest place in the city, the Englischer Garten.

Odeonsplatz is serviced by U4 and U5.


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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

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