Located near the city centre and surrounded by some of Munich’s most famous attractions, it is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.
The origin of Odeonsplatz dates back to 1826 when King Ludwig I commissioned architect Leo von Klenze to design an open square that would be used as a public space and gathering place. The name ‘Odeon’ was chosen because it refers to ancient Greek buildings used for music concerts or theatrical performances. As such, Odeonsplatz has been home to many cultural events throughout its history.
Today, visitors can still find traces of its past with monuments like the Feldherrnhalle (Field Marshals Hall), which was built between 1841-1844 in honour of Bavaria’s military heroes. Nearby stands the Theatinerkirche (Theatine Church), another impressive structure designed by Klenze in 1768 that serves as a reminder of his influential work on Odeonsplatz and beyond.
In addition to these historical sites, there are also plenty of modern amenities around Odeonsplatz including cafés, restaurants, shops, and galleries – making it an ideal spot for leisurely strolls or people watching from one of the many benches scattered about the square. On sunny days, you’ll often find street performers entertaining passers-by, while others take advantage of outdoor seating at nearby bars or restaurants; all adding up to create a lively atmosphere that makes this area so special.