Karlsplatz, the city center nicknamed Stachus after a pub Beim Stachus, is home to local life and history, making it the perfect place to start exploring Munich. Around this central hub you'll find that farmers' markets, historical interest points, and traditional life come together for a wonderful mix in Bavaria's largest city. When one thinks of Munich, Octoberfest is usually the first thing that comes to mind, and while it is an amazing event, Munich offers much more.
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Munich Ice Magic
Munich Ice Magic ("Münchener Eiszauber" in German) takes place every winter from around the third week in November to the third week in January (check the website below for exact dates). It's hard to imagine a more unique place to skate than at Karlsplatz in the centre of Munich, with a view of the Palace of Justice. Skates can be rented onsite.
Mulled wine ("Glühwein" in German) is a very popular drink in Germany to take off the chill on a cold winter's day. Grab at mug (warm non-alcoholic punch is also available) at the Münchener Eiszauber (Munich Ice Magic) located in scenic Karlsplatz. It runs from approximately the third week in November to the third week in January every year. Check the website below for exact dates.
Karlstor (Karls Gate) at Karlsplatz (Stachus) is one of the three remaining gates of the medieval city wall. It was built between 1285 and 1347 and served as a fortification for the defense of Munich, which was part of the salt road.
Karlstor was expanded over time. But its full extent wasn't discovered until 1970 when the shopping center Stachus-Einkaufszentrums was built. It was then that an escape tunnel was discovered so that soldiers and civilians could escape or enter in case of siege.
An S-bahn (train station) may seem like a strange place to shop, but there are over 60 shops and eateries here. A variety of stores can be found—name brands, ones that are locally owned, and even pop-up stores on occasion. Stachus Passage is also a good place to grab something to eat on the go, with a nice selection of takeout places. It's anchored by Karstadt, a department store. Stachus Passage is a nice alternative to Kaufingerstrasse on chilly days.