Located in the heart of the city, this square has a rich and fascinating history that dates back to 1807 when it was first established as an open space for public use.
The square is named after Maximilian Joseph, who reigned as King of Bavaria from 1806 until his death in 1825. During his reign, he oversaw several major projects, such as rebuilding many parts of Munich that had been destroyed by fire during the Napoleonic Wars. As part of these efforts, he commissioned renowned architect Leo von Klenze to design a new plaza at what would become known as Max-Joseph-Platz.
Today, visitors can still see evidence of Von Klenze’s work on the square which includes two monumental gates at either end – one dedicated to Ludwig I and another honouring Maximilian Joseph himself – along with four statues representing justice, wisdom, strength, and moderation. The surrounding buildings also reflect Von Klenze’s neoclassical style with their beautiful arcades and colonnades which are illuminated each night by floodlights, giving them an ethereal quality.
In addition to its stunning architecture and monuments, Max-Joseph-Platz is also home to some important cultural institutions including the Bavarian State Library (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek) which contains over 11 million books, making it one of Europe’s largest libraries; The National Theatre (Nationaltheater), where world-famous operas have been performed since 1781; And finally Residenzmuseum (Residence Museum), located within Munich’s former royal palace offering visitors insight into life during royal times in Bavaria through its collection of paintings furniture antiques jewellery coins etc…
Not surprisingly, given all these attractions, Max – Joseph – Platz attracts thousands upon thousands of tourists every year who come here not only admire its beauty but also learn more about Munich’s rich culture heritage.