As the Christmas markets pack up and Santa heads back to the North Pole, Germany’s most festive city gears up for the final party of the holiday season. Munich’s reputation as a party city is cemented on New Year’s Eve, or Silversterabend in German, and the whole city erupts into spirited celebrations.
If you want to splash some cash and ring in the New Year in style, Munich is the place to do it, with hotels and restaurants all over the city hosting special dinners, bars overflowing with champagne cocktails and dozens of nightclubs blasting music until the sun comes up.
Alternatively, hit the streets and enjoy the impromptu fireworks displays that dazzle the city skies at the stroke of midnight. A number of community-run displays take place around the city, but for the best views join the masses at Marienplatz, Maximiliansplatz or the Olympic hill in Olympia Park.
The city’s biggest New Year’s celebration, is the Tollwood Winter Festival held on the Theresienwiese, the site of the famous Oktoberfest. Here, huge tents are erected, with a circus, fairground rides and a vibrant post-Christmas market. Five separate dance tents offer an array of different music, from live bands to international DJs, and there will be plenty of food on offer, from ethnic cuisine to traditional Bavarian fare. Just make sure you book your tickets in advance.