New City Hall and its Glockenspiel, Munich’s Frauenkirche cathedral, the Hofbräuhaus, to name only a few—most of Munich’s must-see sights are in the city’s very centre, the so-called Altstadt (Old City). The area within the old city wall (today best defined by the Altstadtring circular road), which is best visible at Odeonsplatz and the historic city gates, Karlstor, Isartor and Sendlinger Tor, has its centre at Marienplatz.
This is Munich’s core, from where it grew from a village to what it is today: a pedestrian zone, shopping paradise, and the main tourist hangout. The Lehel area, between Isartor and the river Isar and Munich’s oldest original suburb, is often considered to be part of the city centre too. The whole area roughly is bounded by the river Isar to the east, Tivolistraße and Prinzregentenstraße to the north, and the Altstadtring circular road and Zweibrückenstraße to the west and south.