“Munich is aglow”: the famous Thomas Mann quote really applies the whole year round. And yet the sky above Munich never glows, sparkles and glitters quite as colorfully as on New Year’s Eve. Here we provide a list of the places where you can particularly enjoy the multi-colored sea of lights in the sky.
Incidentally: Munich residents are always magically drawn out of their homes on New Year’s Eve, so you’ll never be alone at any of these locations. If anything, try to be there in good time.
Munich certainly can’t be said to be a hilly place. This is why the people of Munich simply went ahead and made their own hills. One of them is Olympiaberg. At an altitude of 60 meters, it gives you a perfect panoramic view of the light show in the Munich sky. Tip: If you want to go higher still, take the lift up the Olympic Tower (open on New Year’s Eve).
In the strong beer season it's the beer enthusiasts who flock up Nockherberg. On New Year's Eve, this vantage point attracts those wanting to get a really good view of the fireworks. Schmederersteg is ideal: it’s a small bridge that crosses over from Hochstraße to Kronepark.
Reichenbachbrücke (Glockenbach District)
When the clock strikes midnight, the road over the bridge called Reichenbachbrücke is transformed into a New Year’s Eve party zone. The reason for this is the fantastic view both up and down the river Isar. Wittelsbacher Brücke – somewhat further to the south – also tends to get taken over by the party crowd on New Year’s Eve.
From this raised position above the river Isar, you have a magnificent view of Munich’s historical city center and Maxvorstadt. And what could be more appropriate than to wish each other a Happy New Year under the Friedensengel – the “angel of peace”?
Leopoldstraße is Munich’s nightlife zone on New Year’s Eve, so there are lots of fireworks here. The spectacle can be viewed especially well from the steps of Feldherrnhalle. Meanwhile the traditional New Year’s Eve waltz is played over the speakers at Café Tambosi.
For those who prefer a right royal celebration on New Year’s Eve, the fireworks along the canal in front of Schloss Nymphenburg are the perfect option. Incidentally: if you want to dance that midnight waltz in your ice skates, this is the place to do so.
The railway tracks to Munich central station cut a wide path through the city – and this offers great benefits on New Year’s Eve. Hackerbrücke is a perfect place from which to watch the rockets whizzing up in the surrounding districts.
Of course, Marienplatz is not necessarily the best place for an all-round panoramic view. Yet it's still one of the most popular places to see in the New Year at midnight. The arcades and roofed-over areas in front of the shops are especially coveted. If you want to be sure of a place, it’s best not to arrive at the last moment.
Monopteros im Englischen Garten
This is another of the rare elevated spots in Munich: the small hill in the English Garden where the legendary Monopteros is splendidly situated. As well as offering a great view over the historical city center, it is slightly quieter than elsewhere – perfect for a romantic night-time walk through the park.