New Year’s Eve in Munich: Joyful turn of the year in the heart of Munich and the best places to watch the fireworks at

New Year’s Eve in the Bavarian capital is a happy celebration where locals and tourists celebrate the evening together in one of the local restaurants and pubs. One popular spot is the Wirtshaus Ayingers just next to the Platzl. This typical Bavarian restaurant offers great tap beer and is due to its central location close to some of the great places to watch the fireworks at.

This plus many other spots we would like to introduce to you in the Platzl Hotel Blog:

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In the middle of the hustle and bustle

Do you prefer to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Munich with as many people as possible? These are the right places for you then:

1. Marienplatz

The Marienplatz in Munich is still the place to be for all fireworks- and party-lovers who want to be right in the middle of it. Not many places let you get closer to the fireworks. Even though it is one of the greatest places to be at New Year’s Eve we advise you to be careful in the crowd. Our suggestion is to look out for a nice little spot on the edge of the crowd.

View of the fireworks: good
Community factor: very high
New Year’s Eve romance: low
Approach: U-Bahn (metro) and S-Bahn (train) Marienplatz

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2. Odeonsplatz

The Odeonsplatz which is located not far from the Marienplatz and the Platzl Hotel Munich offers an especially nice atmosphere for New Year’s Eve. Here it is quieter than at the Marienplatz and the fireworks in front of the impressive buildings of Residenz, Hofgarten and Theatinerkirche make stunning scenery.

View of the fireworks: good
Community factor: high
New Year’s Eve romance: medium
Approach: U-Bahn (metro) Odeonsplatz

3. Friedensengel (Angel of Peace)

High above the Prinzregentenstraße looms the monument of the “Friedensengel” (Angel of Peace.) From here you have an excellent view of the old town and the fireworks. Residents and tourists from all over the world come here to enjoy the beginning of the New Year together.

View of the fireworks: very good
Community factor: very high
New Year’s Eve romance: medium
Approach: U-Bahn (metro) Lehel (15 min walk) or Bus Friedensengel/Villa Stuck

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4. Leopoldstraße

Since the 2006 Football World Cup in Germany the Leopoldstraße has secured its reputation as THE informal outdoor party mile of Munich. It has been a popular spot for New Year’s Eve for many years now.  No later than midnight the guests of the many surrounding bars and restaurants come into the street to raise a glass to the New Year and watch the fireworks.

View of the fireworks: good
Community factor: high
New Year’s Eve romance: medium
Approach: U-Bahn (metro) Münchner Freiheit or Giselastraße

Quiet and panoramic

If you don’t want to spend the New Year’s Eve in Munich city centre in the middle of the crowds we recommend to you places that are a little off the beaten track.  To reach these places you will have to take a small walk from the nearest public transport station, but you will be rewarded with stunning views over the city.

1. Monopteros

The Monopteros in the English Garden is probably one of the most idyllic public places to enjoy the fireworks in a cozy and romantic atmosphere. Away from the bustle of the inner city you can enjoy a fantastic view over Munich. Moreover you will be able to see the professional fireworks of the famous club P1 in some distance.

View of the fireworks: very good
Community factor: low
New Year’s Eve romance: high
Approach: U-Bahn (metro) Universität (10 min walk), Tram Tivolistraße (10 min walk), Bus Chinesischer Turm (5 min walk)

2. Olympiaberg

There are certainly quieter places than our “secret-tip” Olympic Hill. Nevertheless the walk up the hill will be rewarded with a 360° panoramic view over the rooftops of Munich and the fireworks.

View of the fireworks: very good
Community factor: medium
New Year’s Eve romance: medium – high
Approach: U-Bahn (metro) Olympiazentrum (20 min walk), Tram Infantriestraße (15 min walk)

3. Bavaria

The monument of the Bavaria which guards the Munich Oktoberfest in September is also a great lookout to watch the fireworks over the city on New Year’s Eve. As space is limited and with not so many restaurants and bars in the surrounding, the area it is one of the quieter places in the city to enjoy the night at.

View of the fireworks: good
Community factor: medium
New Year’s Eve romance: medium – high
Approach: U-Bahn (metro) Schwanthalerhöhe (10 min walk) or Theresienwiese (10 min walk)

4. Am Gasteig

The Gasteig is located upon a little hill and therefore guarantees great views over the city center and the close by “Müllersche Volksbad” – an imposing neo-baroque / art nouveau building. The special highlight of the location: The fireworks at midnight are accompanied by the music of the Munich philharmonic orchestra.

View of the fireworks: good
Community factor: medium
New Year’s Eve romance: medium – high
Approach: S-Bahn (train) Rosenheimerplatz or Isartor (10 min walk), Tram Gasteig

5. Nymphenburger Kanal

The Nymphenburg canal is one of Munich’s fireworks hot spots. There is plenty of space for everybody to find their own romantic spot with great views of the Nymphenburg Palace. Party-lovers enjoy the fireworks in a large community around the Gerner bridge.

View of the fireworks: good
Community factor: medium – high
New Year’s Eve Romance: medium – high
Approach: Tram Schloss Nymphenburg, U-Bahn (metro) Gern (20 min walk)

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