On Silvesterabend (New Year’s Eve) the whole of Munich becomes a party zone. Nearly every restaurant offers pricey five-course dinners and entertainment, and club parties that last well into the new year. Firework displays can be found in every corner of the city, just make sure to find a sheltered viewing place as in addition to the community sponsored displays, citizens tend to stockpile these fireworks of mass destruction and fire them off haphazardly at the stroke of twelve. It’s also amusing to watch the prim and proper quickly losing their table manners as they guzzle champagne straight from the bottle and ditch their environmental awareness as they smash bottle after bottle on the street. The next morning the town looks like it’s met with a nuclear disaster. A warm winter coat, heavy-duty shoes (with sturdy soles), and most importantly red underwear are a must. Local tradition dictates that wearing new red underwear ensures a happy love life in the new year.
The city fireworks display over Old Town can be viewed from nearly every vantage point in the city centre. Favourite viewing areas are Marienplatz, the Olympic hill in Olympia Park, the Hofgarten on Odeonsplatz and the Maximilianeum parliament building on Maximiliansplatz. The Tollwood Winter Festival (see below) has a firework display on the Theresienwiese (the site of Oktoberfest) in front the spectacular Bavaria monument, and fireworks also illuminate the Kultfabrik club complex.
Tollwood Winter Festival New Year’s Events
Silvester on the Beach is the biggest New Year’s party in Munich and boasts 5 huge areas enclosed in tents with a wide range of live bands and DJs including Independent, Rock, Alternative, Latin, Salsa, Reggae, Hiphop, Funk, Soul, Disco and boogie.
From 20:30. Admission €18-21 (Concert tickets include public transportation) www.tollwood.de
Kultfabrik To be announced
Hard Rock Café Enjoy a four-course dinner, a welcome drink, and live music from the Bel Airs for €60, from 21:30.
Löwenbräukeller Enjoy an all-inclusive evening with a three-course meal, drinks (beer, wine and soft drinks), midnight snack of famous Munich Weißwurst and pretzel, prosecco, coat check, two live bands and a DJ. Admission €69, from 19:00.
Paulaner am Nockherberg An all-you-can-eat buffet with drinks and dance music for €96, from 18:00.
On Dec 24, 25, 26 and 31 and Jan 1 transport is as per normal until 01:00 when the night lines start.
Shop, restaurants and museums
Shops close at 12:00 or 14:00 on Dec 24 and 31. All shops are shut on Dec 25 & 26, and Jan 1.
Restaurants remain open except on Dec 24.
Nearly all museums close on Dec 24 & 31. On Dec 25 the following (amongst others) are open: Archäologische Museum, BMW Museum, Glyptothek, Lenbachhaus, Munich City Museum, Pinakothek der Moderne, Toy Museum, Egyptian Museum.