Many of the vantage points in the city centre afford beautiful views over the rooftops of Munich – here are some suggestions. Plus: a flight over the most beautiful places of the city.
Once you have scaled the countless steps up the tower of Alte Peter, you’ll have Marienplatz square at your feet, as well as Viktualienmarkt market, which was founded all the way back in 1804 and is now home to bakers, butchers, fishmongers, delicatessens and florists. On days when the wind blows down from the mountains, your climb will be rewarded with views stretching all the way to the Alps.
Instead of climbing stairs, you can take a lift up to the viewing platform in the Rathaus tower. Georg von Hauberrisser, the architect who created the Neue Rathaus, also designed Paulskirche church not far from the Theresienwiese park. During Oktoberfest (between 21 September and 6 October 2019), the church’s main tower boasts panoramic views over the entire folk festival.
Around Marienplatz and in other downtown locations a beautiful view can also be combined with a visit to a café or an inn.
You can also enjoy wonderful views of Marienplatz and other sights in the city centre by visiting a local café or restaurant. From the first floor of Café Woerner, you’re still just a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of Marienplatz. At Café Glockenspiel opposite the Neue Rathaus, you practically have a front row seat to the daily performances by the Glockenspiel. Meanwhile, from the dining room at Gaststätte Donisl, you can look straight through the glass roof to the Frauenkirche.
Countless roof terraces around the city centre allow you to enjoy the panorama while you’re eating. This includes the terrace at Le Buffet on the roof of Karstadt Oberpollinger, the Blu Spa terrace at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof, the China Roof Terrace at the Hotel Mandarin Oriental, and "The Louis Grillroom" terrace at the Louis Hotel. In the trendy neighbourhoods of Gärtnerplatz and Glockenbachviertel, you can soak up the fabulous views while sipping a delicious cocktail on the roof terraces at the Hotel Deutsche Eiche and Hotel Flushing Meadows.
Just outside the city centre, the 190-metre-high platform of the Olympic Tower offers a wonderful view over Munich to the peaks of the Alps.
Tip: Even the Deutsches Museum offers the chance to get a great view. The regular ticket entitles you to enter the roof terrace of the in-house planetarium.