This guide to things to do after dinner in Munich highlights the city’s vibrant nightlife scene. The capital of Bavaria offers a unique atmosphere that’s unlike the northern metropolises of Berlin and Hamburg. Renowned for its beer-drinking culture and relaxed vibe, the city is an incredible place to experience after dark.

    In Munich, you can attend a world-class performance in a centuries-old theatre, go for a late-night swim, and party in a basement club until the sun comes up. Make a delightful dinner reservation at one of the city’s exceptional restaurants, then head out to explore the rest of Munich's welcoming night-time experiences during your stay.

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    Hi-Sky München

    Experience the city lights from high above

    Hi-Sky München is arguably Munich’s most famous Ferris wheel, stretching to almost 80 metres tall and providing spectacular views that extend all the way to the distant Alps. You get the chance to admire the evening lights throughout a 30-minute ride. The 27 comfortable cabins ensure there’s enough space for more than 430 people each spin.

    From your lofty position, you can get a fascinating glimpse of famous landmarks, including the Frauenkirche cathedral, the Allianz Arena, and the Olympic site, which hosted the 1972 summer games. With Hi-Sky München regularly hosting special events, such as Bavarian-themed gondolas, this is a great family-friendly activity in Munich.

    Location: Atelierstraße 11, 81671 Munich, Germany

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from midday to 9.30 pm, Sunday from midday to 8.30 pm (closed on Mondays)

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    Müllersches Volksbad

    Stunning bathhouse from the 1900s

    Müllersches Volksbad is a historic bathhouse set along the banks of the Isar River. Opened in 1901, this fantastic Art Nouveau structure was the city’s first public indoor pool. It remains as popular as ever, with its series of small and large pools providing visitors with relaxing bathing late into the evening.

    Designed by renowned German architect Carl Hocheder, the building maintains much of its original charm. Yet, it has benefited from a series of modern updates that ensure locals and travellers make the most of its hammam steam rooms and Roman-style thermal pools.

    Location: Rosenheimer Str. 1, 81667 Munich, Germany

    Open: Daily from 7.30 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +49 (0)89 23615050

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    Marienplatz

    Roam this central square to admire the landmarks after dark

    Marienplatz is Munich’s main central square, making it the perfect spot to introduce yourself to Bavarian culture. Surrounded by historic monuments, this plaza is filled with enormous crowds during major celebrations, ranging from summer cultural festivals to the latest footballing success of the much-loved FC Bayern Munich.

    As you wander Marienplatz, you can easily visit acclaimed landmarks like New Town Hall, St. Peter's Church and Fischbrunnen – a popular gathering point that dates back to the Middle Ages. With this part of Munich Old Town overflowing with restaurants and bars, there’s no shortage of activities to enjoy after dinner.

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    Olympic Tower

    Experience 360-degree views from a revolving restaurant

    The Olympic Tower offers visitors to Munich a unique way to soak up the city landscape. With its striking design rising to 291 metres, the dining experience inside its revolving restaurant includes sumptuous Bavarian cuisine and extraordinary views.

    Once you’ve finished your delightful meal, you can head up a few levels to the observation platform to catch the region’s famous sunsets or enjoy the brightly lit cityscape after dark. When you’re seeking 360-degree views, there’s nowhere better in the entire city.

    Location: Olympiapark München, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 7, 80809 Munich, Germany

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +49 (0)89 30670

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    Bavarian State Opera

    World-class opera and ballet performances

    The Bavarian State Opera was founded in 1653, making it one of the most storied locations to experience a world-class opera or ballet show. Situated close to the bustling Marienplatz city square, each season presents an outstanding selection of performances conducted by some of the world’s biggest names.

    With the main opera hall seating over 2,100 people, virtually every night of the year reaches capacity as massive crowds attend around 350 opera and ballet performances each year. With the opera house featuring incredible technology alongside its remarkable age-old architecture, shows here are bound to impress.

    Location: Max-Joseph-Platz 2, 80539 Munich, Germany

    Phone: +49 (0)89 218501

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    Deutsches Theater

    Catch an unforgettable performance at this beloved theatre

    The Deutsches Theater is an outstanding destination to watch a top-notch performance in Munich. Opened in 1896, this historic venue hosts everything from opera and ballet to musicals and performance arts close to the centre of the city. Meanwhile, it also plays a central role in Munich’s annual Fasching carnival celebrations.

    In the main theatre, you’ll find 1,500 seats providing visitors exceptional views of the stage. There is also a smaller auditorium that presents performance art events from leading local and international creatives. Alongside a cosy bar and seating areas in the foyer, a visit to the Deutsches Theater offers a lively after-dinner experience in Munich.

    Location: Schwanthalerstraße 13, 80336 Munich, Germany

    Phone: +49 (0)89 55234444

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    Rooftop bars in Munich

    Enjoy the evening air and cityscape

    Munich is home to a stellar collection of rooftop bars, ensuring visitors can experience the night sky with a delicious drink and a stirring atmosphere. With many situated close to the city centre, finding a spectacular spot near your dinner reservation should never be a problem.

    Open during the summer months, Mahjong Roof Garden offers an incredible experience from atop the Mandarin Oriental, Munich. Here, you’ll find alfresco dining, colourful cocktails and even an infinity pool. To the city’s north, M'Uniqo Rooftop Bar serves delightful Italian cuisine alongside panoramic views.

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    Munich beer halls

    Find out what makes Bavarian beer so special

    Germany's beer culture is obvious everywhere you look, but Munich takes things to the next level. Alongside massive world-renowned festivals like Oktoberfest, there is also a vast array of beer halls that provide visitors with the chance to immerse themselves in this beloved pastime late into the evening.

    The most famous of the bunch is undoubtedly Hofbräuhaus München – a 16th-century venue owned by the Bavarian government that offers exceptional dining and live performances. Meanwhile, Augustiner-Keller and Schneider Bräuhaus München are similarly impressive venues that serve traditional Bavarian beers and meals.

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    Schwabing

    Roam this neighbourhood’s trendy streets to find eclectic bars and clubs

    Schwabing is one of Munich’s trendiest neighbourhoods, featuring upmarket shopping like ultra-fashionable local boutiques and jewellery stores. Stretching to the north of the city centre, this vibrant area is also widely known for its bars, ensuring it’s the ideal place to explore once you’ve finished an outstanding meal at a nearby restaurant.

    With many of Germany’s most renowned artists calling Schwabing home over the last century, numerous spots have transformed into late-night clubs, attracting crowds of young and hip people from across the city. Head to places like Call Soul, Cocktailhouse and Wallace Bar to find delightful cocktails and great tunes.

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    Glockenbachviertel

    A cool district with nightclubs and creative venues

    Glockenbachviertel is perhaps the coolest neighbourhood in Munich, celebrated for its incredibly creative atmosphere that takes over virtually every street. From boutiques and galleries to performance art spaces, this LGBTQ-friendly district is also famous for its all-night bars and clubs that ensure you can party until after the sun rises.

    Milla is the perfect place to experience live music, with this intimate venue presenting rock, indie, hip hop, and jazz acts throughout the week. Meanwhile, nightclubs like Nerodom and Pimpernel see DJs and producers take over the stage until the early hours. Head to Glockenbachviertel for an unforgettable nocturnal adventure in Munich.

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    photo by Fred Romero (CC BY 2.0) modified

    Hudson Brown | Contributing Writer

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