The Best Spots for Awe-Inspiring Views in Munich

Scenic aerial panorama of the Old Town architecture of Munich
Scenic aerial panorama of the Old Town architecture of Munich | © Scanrail1/Shutterstock
Roanna Mottershead

With so much going on in Munich, it can be hard to take it all in. There’s nothing better than getting above it all with an amazing viewing spot. Whether you want to look down on Marienplatz with a coffee in hand or peer through a statue’s helmet, Culture Trip has found the best places to get a different perspective on the Bavarian capital.

1. St Peter’s Church


Panorama view of Munich city center showing the City Hall and the Frauenkirche
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A famous Munich landmark itself, this church tower sits above the city on a hill between Rindermarkt and Marienplatz, making it a perfect spot for an incredible view. From the 56-metre-high (184-foot) viewing platform, you’re looking right down onto the rooftops of Aldstadt, with a great view of Frauenkirche – the symbol of Munich. On a clear day, you can see over 100 kilometres (62 miles), all the way to the Alps! Such a great view takes some legwork: there’s a winding spiral staircase with 306 steps to the top.

2. Glockenspiel Cafe

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The famous Glockenspiel clock
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Most tourists stay in Marienplatz, craning their necks to see the famous Neues Rathaus cuckoo clock. Instead, head to the building directly opposite the clock, and on the top floor, you’ll find the Glockenspiel Cafe. With a direct view of the clock, make sure to time your visit for 11 am, 12 pm, or 5 pm when the dancing cuckoo clock figures make an appearance. To avoid the crowds, try going for a mid-morning coffee, or put their extensive breakfast menu to the test.

3. The Bavaria

3. The Bavaria
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Statue of Bavaria at the Theresienwiese in Munich| © FooTToo/Shutterstock

4. Olympia Tower


Olympic Park which was constructed for the 1972 Summer Olympics | © trabantos/Shutterstock

6. TUM café in Vorhoelzer Forum

Museum, University

Get off the U-Bahn at Universität to enjoy one of the best value rooftops in Munich. In the heart of Maxvorstadt, the city’s university and museum quarter, you can admire the view while grabbing a coffee and croissant in the morning or a light meal and cocktails as the day goes on. It can get busy in the evenings, so try and get there early to avoid the crowds and grab one of the coveted seats around the edge of the roof.

Café in Vorhoelzer Forum, TUM Faculty of Architecture, Institutsbau, Arcisstraße 21/Raum 5170, 80333 Munich, Germany, +49 163 1524758

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