Enough with the dark. Light is quality of life and makes us happy. There are plenty of opportunities to fill up with light at the beginning of the year.
Suddenly the time has come again: the first spring light enchants the whole city. Birds are chirping, you can sit outside during lunch break wearing a t-shirt, your favourite ice cream parlour has opened again. Spring is still practicing? You can find many opportunities to recharge your batteries indoors - with light, creativity and endorphins.
There are some favourite places for a walk or to take a photo of the sunset, such as the Monopteros in the English Garden with a view over the Old Town, the Olympic mountain and Olympic tower, the Nymphenburger Schlosspark or the Isar floodplains. And there is also the view of the tracks in the sunset from Hackerbrücke which is impressive as many posts on Instagram show. Furthermore, we present eleven other illuminating examples of things to do in Munich relating to light.
1. Enlightened - 100 years of Bavaria Filmstadt (Bavaria Film Studios)
To mark this special anniversary, the Bavaria Filmstadt is opening a new attraction on Mar. 2, 2019: the Filmstadt Atelier – an interactive journey through 100 eventful years of film and TV. Interactive activities and augmented reality mean that you can get properly involved. You can also book a tour behind the scenes of the studios, including a chat with a lighting technician, who will show you how to cast the art in the right light.
Further information: daily 10am - 5pm | Call +49 (0) 89 64992000 to book a tour.
2. Light and luxury - guided tours through Munich’s palaces
Electric light has only been available to the masses for less than one hundred years. For centuries prior to this, light at night-time was a symbol of dominance and power. These guided tours give you an insight into how the night was turned into day in the Residence (city palace) and Schloss Nymphenburg (Nymphenburg Palace).
Further information: tours will start at the beginning of March 2019
3. Passagenwerk (arcades project) - Award-winning architecture
The arcade, located in the centre of Munich, was designed by the firm Ochs Schmidbauer Architekten, and guides its visitors coming from Sonnenstrasse through a foyer, followed by a central atrium and a second foyer, before reaching Herzog-Wilhelm-Strasse. The light bands - set diagonally and at an angle above the walls and ceiling - draw the visitors' gaze into the depths of the arcade to its centre, the atrium. When standing at the entrance, the narrow bands of light appear to meander with a profound effect. The narrowness of the arcade's interior, which was brought to life in an architectural guise typical for the post-war German era, and which is characterised by a typically low floor height, is thus able to create a deep horizon and contour flow into the distance. The room seems to be in flux, even when it is empty. The Passagenwerk (arcades project) was awarded the "best architects 14-Award".
Further information: to be seen at Sonnenstraße 15
4. Light and shade - Utrecht, Caravaggio and Europe. 1600-1630
What a shock it must have been for the three young Utrecht painters Hendrick ter Brugghen, Gerard van Honthorst and Dirck van Baburen when they first came across the unconventional paintings of Caravaggio in Rome. The works were distinguished by their novel realism, drama and mysterious light. Painters from the Utrecht Caravaggism movement sought to combine Caravaggio’s style with their individual expression and the Dutch painting tradition. They developed their own, inimitable style as a result.
Further information: April 17 - July 21, 2019 | Alte Pinakothek (art gallery)
5. As bright as day and forever young - the 10th anniversary of the Museum Brandhorst
The Museum Brandhorst is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2019. The “new” Brandhorst Collection will be presented to mark the occasion. Over the last decade, the highlights by Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly and Sigmar Polke have been joined by 500 new pieces. The exhibition building has been built as a daylight museum in line with the latest findings from the world of energy-efficiency.
Further information: May 23, 2019 - Apr. 1, 2020
6. Shining star of the south - the Allianz Arena
As darkness falls and the red colours of Bayern Munich shine far and wide, the football stadium looks like a spaceship from another galaxy. Over 300,000 LEDs light up the diamond-shaped inflated panels. On non-game days, you can enjoy a guided Arena Tour and visit the FC Bayern Erlebniswelt (where "Erlebniswelt" means "world of experience"). Round off the experience with a night tour: “Allianz Arena @ Night” (for individuals over 14 years).
Further information: +49 (0) 89 69931-222 (weekdays) | upcoming dates are published on the Allianz Arena website:
7. Evening light - sunset tent roof tour in the Olympiapark (Olympic Park)
Togged up like you are going on an expedition, a guide leads visitors, who are secured with ropes and carabiners, along a footbridge under the roof to one of the pillars supporting the cable mesh construction of the Olympia roof. And the experience is even more intense at sunset.
Further information: Public tours: May 17 and 24, 2019, 6.30pm, advanced booking required | Group tours available Booking line: +49 (0) 89 3067-2414, email@example.com
8. Shining lights and a global player - the creative district of Schwabing
Thomas Mann wrote the famous lines “Munich glowed...” from his home town of Schwabing. The district remains a top destination for artists and creative types. The two-hour walk through the district takes you to Munich’s legendary creative district. A visit to the showroom of internationally renowned light designer Ingo Maurer to see the latest light creations is one of the many highlights of the tour.
Further information: +49 (0) 89 233 30-234, -204 and -237 | firstname.lastname@example.org
9. Enlightening - Slow Down Walk and Local Heroes Inspiration Tour
On this communal amble, the slow living experts give their guests the opportunity to experience traditional craftsmanship, sustainable manufacturing, innovative start-ups and oases of calm. The tour also gives participants the chance to enjoy regional cuisines, baked goods and coffee.
Further Information: saturdays March 16/23/30, 2019 and April 6/13/27, 2019 | 10am - 1pm | meeting point: About Given, Baaderstraße 55
The Local Heroes Tour gives you an insight into the world of the creative people who make Munich what it is. In face-to-face chats, the participants get to know key people in the city and the changes the city has undergone. These people are active in various fields, including digitalisation, gastronomy, art, design and social entrepreneurship.
Further information: saturdays March 16/23/30, 2019 and April 6/13/27, 2019 and May 4, 2019 | 2pm - 5pm | meeting point: Container Collective, Werksviertel district | minimum number of participants for both tours: 4 to max. 10 people for enquiries call +49 (0) 89 21665055 or e-mail email@example.com
10. Night lights - planetarium and observatory in the Deutsches Museum
There are few places better to experience the light of the stars than in the planetarium. The star projector features the latest glass-fibre technology, while six digital projectors bring the entire observable universe into the projection dome. Visitors feel as though they are travelling through space in a spaceship.
Further information: daily, 12 noon and 2pm
Discover the rings of Saturn or the moon at close quarters: in the evenings, the Beobachtergruppe (observer group) for the eastern observatory at the Deutsches Museum opens the window to the universe. At the same time, visitors can enjoy fantastic views over the city and its lights.
Further information: Tuesday and Friday, December to March: 8pm | April to Sept: 9pm | admission free
11. Moonlight and mood-lighting
Whenever there is a full moon over Munich’s Old Town, Munich’s party people spend the night celebrating over the rooftops of Munich. The venue: the Luna Party at the Blue Spa Terrace & Lounge at the Bayerischer Hof hotel. Entry is free for the first hour. The Luna Party is distinguished by its early start (6pm) and by the fact that it ends at midnight
Further information: February 18, March 20, April 17 and May 16, 2019