Münchner Merkur

Münchner Merkur
Type Daily newspaper
Owner(s) Dirk Ippen, Alfons Döser
Publisher Münchener Zeitungs-Verlag GmbH & Co. KG
Editor Bettina Bäumlisberger
Founded 13 November 1946 (1946-11-13)
Political alignment conservative
Headquarters Munich
Website www.merkur.de

The Münchner Merkur (German pronunciation: [ˈmy:nxne:r me:rku:r], literally "Munich Mercury") is a German Bavarian daily subscription newspaper, which is published from Monday to Saturday. It is located in Munich and belongs to the Müncher Merkur/tz media group. The paid circulation of the Münchner Merkur is 271.335 copies.[1]


The Merkur was the second newspaper after the Süddeutsche Zeitung which was allowed to be published in Munich. 1968 the subsidiary tz was brought as a tabloid newspaper onto the market.

The first edition of the initially named Münchner Mittag ("Munich Noon"), was released on the 13th of November 1946 through a licence of the American military government.[2][3] One of the founding members and publishers was Felix Buttersack.

In 1982, the Westphalian publisher Dirk Ippen purchased the Munich newspaper group including the newspapers Münchner Merkur and tz.

The readers of the Münchner Merkur vote since 1996 every year for the winner of the Merkur-Theaterpreis (Merkur-theatre-prize).

Chief editors


Münchner Merkur counts with 971.000 total readers, 488.000 of them male and 483.000 female readers.

Germany's national subscription papers read in Bavaria
No. Newspaper Readers
1 Münchner Merkur 937.000   
2 Süddeutsche Zeitung 847.000    
3 Nürnburger Nachrichten 794.000   
4 Augsburger Allgemeine 723.000   
5 Passauer Neue Presse 437.000   
6 Main-Post 419.000   



  1. "Werbeträgerdaten - Presseerzeugnisse". Daten.ivw.eu. Retrieved 2015-05-07.
  2. "Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte - Bildarchiv". Hdbg.de. Retrieved 2015-05-07.
  3. "Bettina Bäumlisberger wird Chefin des "Münchner Merkur"". Spiegel.de. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  4. "Wirtschaftsraum Muchen - Oberbayern : 2013/4" (PDF). Merkur.de. Retrieved 2015-05-07.
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