Come along for a night walk through Munich

Der Max-Joseph-Platz bei Nacht

4 great places for nightly tours

At night all cats look grey - goes a German saying. But that's not true at all in Munich, a city which is truly glowing at night. We invite you for a walk through our city in the late hours.

Columns and impressive architecture: Max-Joseph-Platz

Max-Joseph-Platz is always a hot contender in the search for Munich's most beautiful square: It has a lot of piazza flair at night, mainly due to the beautifully illuminated facade of the Bavarian State Opera. Through the bright glass front of the Residenztheater, you can do some celebrity spotting, and the facades of the palaces and town houses on the other side of the square are prime material for filling up your camera's memory card. But because even the biggest beauty would be nothing without German "Gemütlichkeit", there are also nice restaurants and traditional inns at Max-Joseph-Platz, such as the Spatenhaus an der Oper or the Zum Franziskaner, which is only a few steps away.

Around Marienplatz: Beautiful even after closing time

Der Marienplatz mit Rathaus bei Nacht

In Munich, most shops close at 8 p.m. - is there nothing left to see and do in the city centre afterwards? No way! At Marienplatz and in the pedestrian precinct, there is still a lot going on. No wonder: At night the ensemble of our old town looks simply stunning! Take your time and marvel at the beauty of the Mariensäule, the church St. Michaelskirche or the Karlstor gate. Even locals get nostalgic when they really take the time to soak in the beauty of their city. After taking your perfect selfie in front of the towers of the Frauenkirche, you should look for a window seat in the Café Glockenspiel and let the facade of the City Hall take effect on you from the fifth floor.

The fastest way to Italy: Odeonsplatz and Hofgarten

Theatinerkirche am Odeonsplatz bei Nacht

Yearning for a trip to Italy? Then you should buy a ticket to Florence - or, which is cheaper and more comfortable, just go to Odeonsplatz in the evening. We don't want to repeat the famous myth of Munich as "Italy's northernmost city" all the time, but there is some truth in it. The Feldherrnhalle was even inspired by Florence's famous Loggia dei Lanzi. The lions in front of the hall look absolutely picturesque and spread mediterranean flair. The neighboring Hofgarten park is always a must - after all, it is not only a historical site, but also a beautiful one. With a little luck you might even meet the tango dancers who regularly show their skills in the Diana Temple. Next door in the Pfälzer Residenz wine tavern you can also find great food and the right wine to go with a delicious tarte flambée for example.

If you would rather have some beer, you can take a 14 minutes walk to  Königsplatz and grab some - thanks to the ongoing 2020 "Summer in the City" event happening in Munich. Best believe you would need that drink, after all the day's stroll. keep in mind that there are also a lot of other activities you can take part in so you don't have to stand still at just one spot.

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Prinzregentenstraße: The boulevard lives up to its name

Friedensengel in der Nacht beleuchtet, Foto: muenchen.de/Michael Hofmann
Foto: muenchen.de/Michael Hofmann

The name of the streets points to the long history of royal regents in Bavaria: Prinzregentenstrasse. And that's exactly how the boulevard looks in the dark: majestic. Starting with the Prinz-Carl-Palais, the Haus der Kunst museum next to the famous surfer wave at the Eisbach river, which is of course also visited at night, and the Isar river. As is well known, the Friedenengel stature (literally: angel of peace) is enthroned here. You can hardly miss the statue even at night - it is perfectly illuminated by spotlights. Climb up to the viewing terrace, take a breather and then continue towards Villa Stuck. Since you now already in the posh Bogenhausen disctrict, you can stop off in style at the Käfer Schänke gourmet temple - and then take a picture of the Prinzregenten theatre at the very end of the boulevard. Well, did we promise you too much?

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