The 7 most beautiful viewpoints in Munich

Münchens Panorama mit Rathaus und Frauenkirche
A classic: The view from Alter Peter to the Marienplatz with Frauenkirche (left) and city hall.

Discover new perspectives on Munich

There are no 300-metre skyscrapers like in New York in Munich - but still a lot of great viewpoints. From the panorama of the old town to the romanticism of the railway, our hot spots offer unique views on the city.

St Peter's church: The best panorama of the old town

A real classic: The viewing platform on St. Peter's Church (called "Alter Peter" by Munich residents, which translates as "Old Peter"), is climbed daily by thousands of visitors from near and far. Through a narrow staircase, about 300 steps lead them higher and higher, until finally a fantastic view in all directions opens up. By far the most frequently photographed view is of course the Marienplatz panorama. Where else can you take pictures of the Frauenkirche and the town hall at the same time? And on a clear day, even the Olympic Tower peaks up in the background.

Platform below the Friedensengel: best for sunsets

Ausblick vom Friedensengel bei Nacht

The inhabitants of Haidhausen and Bogenhausen have long claimed the terrace below the Friedensengel (Angel of Peace) as their own. It's easy to understand, since the sunset at the Friedensengel is simply fantastic: Just bring along a glass of beer or wine and enjoy the urban flair with cars passing by and lights illuminating the fountain and the skyline. From the beautiful old stairs and the panorama platform you have a great view over the Prinzregentenstraße and Schwabing - and it never gets too crowded up here.

Monopteros: The green view on Munich's skyline

Ausblick vom Monopteros, Foto: muenchen.de/Michael Hofmann
Foto: muenchen.de/Michael Hofmann

To climb the Monopteros Hill in the English Garden you do not need mountain equipment or a great physical condition. But you will be rewarded nevertheless with a magnificent panorama. From the round temple you can spot the church towers and magnificent buildings of Munich's old town while being in the middle of the nature of the English Garden. The State Chancellery (Staatskanzlei), Frauenkirche, City Hall, Theatinerkirche and Ludwigskirche - everything a Munich visitor could possibly desire is there.

Olympic Tower: A view over the entire city

Frau blickt vom Olympiaturm

You can't get any higher up in Munich! With 291 meters the Olympic Tower is the second highest building in Bavaria. The viewing platform is at a lofty height of 185 meters. Once the super-fast lifts have taken you up, the entire city is at your feet. If the weather is right, you can see the Alps in the background. But probably the most fun is to look for your own residence in the urban jungle from up there.

Asides your own house or specific views, you can take an eagle-eyed look at the Olympia Park and witness the most exciting summer festival this year. The 2020 Summer in the City is currently ongoing at the Park, and you can get on a ferris wheel to get that webcam-panaromic sight of how the city looks. Asides that, there are other activities you would want to take part in, to have a great time alone or with family and friends. See more about it below.

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Town hall tower: Frauenkirche and St. Peter in sight

Aussicht vom Rathausturm: Alter Peter, Foto: Sebastian Liebrandt
Foto: Sebastian Liebrandt

Only a few metres separate the tower of the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) from the Church of St. Peter - so it's no wonder that the perspectives from both towers are similar. But nevertheless you should not miss the viewing platform on the top of the neo-gothic town hall! The view of the church tower "Old Peter" in the sunshine is awesome. And you won't get any closer to the Frauenkirche than here - at least not if you want to have it uncropped on your photo. Looking north, there are great views on the Siegestor and the Monopteros temple in the English Garden. Another advantage: There's an elevator in the tower that will take you up in comfort.

Luitpold Hill (Luitpoldhügel): Perfect for postcard motifs

Aussicht vom Luitpoldhügel auf München, Foto: muenchen.de/Michael Hofmann
Foto: muenchen.de/Michael Hofmann

There is even a summit cross on the Luitpoldhügel in Schwabing's Luitpoldpark, but of course the 37-metre-high mountain made up from World War II rubble, cannot compete with the Alps. But the view on Munich's city centre is something else! Church towers and skyscrapers are lined up like a string of pearls. On a clear day the Alps can be seen behind them and you really can practice your skills as a postcard photographer.

Hackerbrücke: The place for railway romance

Die Hackerbrücke in München

The Hackerbrücke is not only a first-rate industrial monument, but has long been a place of desire that many other cities envy us for. At this location, railway romance meets big city life. Below the massive steel bridge, an impressive number of railway tracks lead into the direction of the main station. Countless Munich residents and visitors sit on Hackerbrücke's steel beams in almost any weather, gathering and chatting through the nights that fly by so quickly here.

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