Home to a remnant of the mediaeval city gates, and gateway to the Innere Stadt
Another historic central square
A few metres away from Marienplatz, another square is also a major downtown hub. Karlsplatz (better known to locals as Stachus, after a famous pub which once stood here) was built after the old mediaeval city walls were razed to give Munich more breathing and expansion room; from here, pedestrian Neuhauser Strasse, now one of the city's main shopping streets, heads into the Old Town. The square is also home to a preserved gate of the old mediaeval wall, crenellated Karlstor; a central fountain; and the Justizpalast, the Bavarian justrice ministry, an imposing neo-Baroque edifice especially notable for its glass dome.