GERMANY     Munich

Two of the mint locations are outlined in yellow on the map, the oldest below on Münzstrasse (underlined
in red), and the later building above.                                                                   

Over the years, the mint in Munich has had several different locations.  One of these was in a building on Münzstrasse Street, of which no trace exists today.  The later mint, on Pfisterstrasse Street still retains its original building, with the beautiful interior patio, and since 1986 has been used for the headquarters of the Bavarian State Conservation Office.  The most important part of this building, in architectural terms, is the famous arcaded court.  The prime function of open arcading was to provide easy access to all parts of a building, but such courts were also used for display purposes, a fact reflected in the opinión, widely held since the early nineteenth century, that the court of the Munich Mint had been a jousting arena.  The arcading, its powerful columns embodying a highly individual, almost wilful interpretation of the Classical orders, belongs with the court of the old Palace in Stuttgart as one of the two most renowned arcaded courts to have been designed in a specifically German Renaissance style.

View of the interior patio looking south-east.

View of the interior patio looking north-west.

The main facade of the building on Pfisterstrasse Street.

The main facade of the building on Pfisterstrasse Street.
A covered archway connects the old mint to the building on the south.

The south-west facade also has a covered ramp leading to the building across the street.

The entrance to the building is in the north-west facade, at number 4 Hofgraben Street.
A remodeling of the building is marked by the date 1809 and "MONETA REGIA" above the door. 

Vehicle entrance on Pfisterstrasse Street, looking towards the interior patio.

Stone commemorative plaque in the patio area, near the entrance from Pfisterstrasse Street.

Magnificent columns of the interior patio.

Metal door in the patio area.

Remains of an old fountain in the patio area.


Rear, north-east facade.

Metal door in the patio area.

The old mint no longer exists.  It was on Münzstrasse Street which is the first
turn to the right off of Platzl Street, where the famous Hoffbraühaus beer hall
can be seen on the left.

Münzstrasse Street (seen on the sign post) starts on the corner of the
famous Hoffbraühaus (in the background) and runs one block to the left in this photo.

The east end of Münzestrasse Street marked here at the sign
post, runs towards the right in this photo

Münzestrasse Street is only one block long, and about 50 meters
in length, as seen here looking south-east towards
the famous Hoffbraühaus beer hall.