The Marienplatz square is the heart of Munich. It is in the middle of the city centre, and houses the City Hall with its famous chime. The City Hall celebrated its 100th birthday this year. The 43 bells ring out at 11.00, 12.00 and 17.00 every day. In the middle of Marienplatz stands the Mariensäule column, where the Pope has already prayed, and the Fischbrunnen fountain. Both are excellent meeting points if you want to arrange to meet someone. Tip: Marienplatz is the perfect place to start a shopping trip. No matter which way you go there are shops everywhere. The pedestrian precinct with the most shops is Kaufinger Straße, which runs from Marienplatz to Karlsplatz (Stachus).