I don’t know about you guys, but I absolutely LOVE taking photos of a city, town, or village from a high vantage point. I literally make it my mission to try to get that coveted bird’s eye view of as many rooftops as possible. There’s just something fairy tale-esque about viewing a city from above. The town takes on a tiny miniature village look and stepping out of the crowds below surely can’t be beat. Glancing down at everyone below running around like tiny ants and looking out to the horizon is somewhat calm and soothing. It is to me, at least!
Before making my way to Munich, I made sure to do my research on where to get some great aerial views of the Old Town, or Marienplatz as it’s commonly known as. If you ever find yourself in Munich and want to do the same, I highly suggest checking these places out, as you’ll be in awe of some beautiful views and you’ll definitely snag some photos that your friends and family will be jealous of.
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Climb the stairway up St. Peterskirche
Eat your Wheaties and climb the 300 step stairway up to the steeple viewing platform of St. Peterskirche, which is located just a few feet from Marienplatz. St. Peterskirche is Munich’s oldest parish church and one of its most famous landmarks and has a history that dates back from the 12th century. After being devastated by the events of WWII, the church underwent restoration from 1946 to 1954. For a low cost of about two Euros, you can climb your way up to the top observation platform. This is definitely one of the highlights within Munich. The view of the entire city centre, the iconic symbol of Munich, The Frauenkirche and beyond can be seen from the outdoor viewing platform. Once you reach the top and catch your breathe, you’ll be rewarded with the panoramic views of Munich, which make for some amazing photos. When the weather is nice and clear, the view even reaches all the way to the Alps. This view alone definitely makes the sore legs worthwhile.
Take the elevator up to the viewing deck of the Neues Rathaus
After walking up the 300 stairs of St. Peterskirche, give your feet a break and take the elevator up to the top of the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) for stunning views as far as the eye can see. This beautiful building was built from 1867 to 1909 in a Gothic Revival style and, because of its central location within Marienplatz, it is one popular tourist attraction. The Neues Rathaus is not only famous for its stunning views up top, but is more commonly known for housing the gorgeous Glockenspiel, which has 43 bells that chime daily at 11 am, 12 noon and lastly at 5pm. There is also a vertigo inducing view into the courtyard below. Once you’ve had your time up above, head down to the courtyard restaurant where you can grab a delicious fresh pretzel and a cold refreshing beer.
Climb the south tower of The Frauenkirche
When I visited Munich, The Frauenkirche tower was closed off to people due to maintenance…for the next TWO years. UGH! The Frauenkirche is a distinctive landmark in Munich’s old town. It serves as the cathedral of the Archbishop of Munich and Freising and is located in the centre of Munich between Marienplatz, Karlsplatz and Odeonsplatz. It was built in 1494 in a gorgeous Gothic style and has north and south towers. The north tower is not publicly accessible, but the south tower has an observation deck with a beautiful view over the rooftops of Munich, all the way to the Alps. Due to the maintenance work, I was only able to admire the interior and exterior. Even if you can’t get to the top, it’s definitely worth taking a peek inside at the beautiful stained glass windows.
If you have the chance to visit Munich, you definitely need to see these gorgeous views for yourself. If you end up getting to the top of The Frauenkirche, when it ISN’T getting maintenance done, I’d love to see your photos! Have any of you been to the top? Let me know in the comments below! xo