Munich: Frauenkirche, Peterskirche, Heiliggeistkirche

Just in time for the 11 a.m. Glockenspiel play too!

Frauenkirche, Peterskirche, and Heiliggeistkirche are some of Old Town Munich’s main churches. They are just about 5-10 minutes walk from each other, and it’s very easy to spot them because of their distinct towers.

Among the 3, I’m partial to Munich Cathedral’s minimalist feel. It has a really interesting story behind it too!

Unfortunately, I was unable to take a photo of its famous Teufelstritt or Devil’s Footprint on one of the tiles in the church. It was said that architect Jorg van Halsbach made a deal with the Devil – unlimited funds from the Devil in exchange for a design with no windows.

When the church was completed, the Devil came for inspection. Van Halsbach designed the church in a way that the columns blocked the side windows when viewed from a certain angle. He also put a large altar piece to cover the main stained glass window during the Devil’s visit.

This enraged the Devil, causing him to stomp his foot on the ground in rage and imprinting a tile with his footprint.