Michaelskirche

sights / Religious

Michaelskirche information

Munich , Germany
Address
Street Kaufingerstrasse 52
Getting there
tram Karlsplatz
subway Karlsplatz
train Karlsplatz
Prices
crypt admission €2
Opening hours
crypt 9.30am-4.30pm Mon-Fri, 9.30am-2.30pm Sat & Sun
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Lonely Planet review

It stands quiet and dignified amid the retail frenzy out on Kaufingerstrasse, but to fans of Ludwig II, the Michaelskirche is the ultimate place of pilgrimage. Its dank crypt is the final resting place of the Mad King, whose humble tomb is usually drowned in flowers.

Completed in 1597, St Michael was the largest Renaissance church north of the Alps and boasts an impressive unsupported barrel-vaulted ceiling. The massive bronze statue between the two entrances shows the Archangel finishing off a dragonlike creature, a classic Counter Reformation–era symbol of Catholicism triumphing over Protestantism. The building has been, and is set to be, under heavy renovation for years