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.