is the central hub of Schwabing
and one of the busiest squares in the city. The LeopoldstraÃŸe
, Herzog, and FeilitzschstraÃŸe
streets all meet here. Prior to WWII the square was known as Feilitzsch Platz. During the final days of the war the Freiheitsaktion Bayern was one of the most influencial resistance groups. On 28th April 1945, the group acquired two Munich radio towers and transmitted long messages urging people to reject the Nazi movement. Feilitzsch Platz was renamed MÃ¼nchner Freiheit in honour of this resistance. 'Freiheit' is the German word for 'Freedom'.
Photo by jamessmke
Incidently, there are two alternative spellings. Some say 'MÃ¼nchner Freiheit' while others add an 'e' to make it 'MÃ¼nchener Freiheit'. In recent years the city council officially decreed that the 'e' should be dropped. All street and U-Bahn maps now comply with this. The signs in the U-Bahn stations still include the 'e' because they were originally written this way and are too expensive to change. Despite the official spelling being otherwise, Google.de indicates that the 'e' version is more popular - 47,000 hits as opposed to 35,000.
MÃ¼nchner Freiheit will undergo extensive renovations in 2008 - 2009, including a complete rebuild of the subway station as well as a complete rebuilt of the bus terminal, and the opening of the new tram line 23 in late 2009.
There is also a branch of Galeria Kaufhof
here and McDonalds is nearby
is one of the main hubs of activity in Schwabing
. Among the neighbouring streets are hundreds of bars, cafÃ©s, cinemas, and shops.
Directly on MÃ¼nchner Freiheit is the Schwabing branch of the large department store Karstadt
Other notable establishments are:
Heading south from MÃ¼nchner Freiheit takes you along LeopoldstraÃŸe
to the Siegestor
. The road then continues, but as LudwigstraÃŸe, to Odeonsplatz
and the city center.
If you enjoy city life, MÃ¼nchner Freiheit would be a very desirable place to have an apartment.
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