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Munich - city of lifestyle

Munich at night – dancing 'til the early hours

High energy levels and even more hits: dancing at the best parties in the Feierbanane party district - or at the Kultfabrik perhaps? Party animals, club-hoppers, fans of blues and classical music – the Munich nightlife offers a wide range of different sounds.

Where the hippie communes of the 1960s once went wild over the Rolling Stones and techno fans raved through the streets in the late 1990s with the 'Union Move' parade, the Olympic Stadium from 1972 now plays host to modern-day stars such as Robbie Williams, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Linkin Park, Pink, Madonna and U2. Afterwards, it's on to the P1 for the after-show party, where the rich, beautiful and famous gather.

Why not start the night off early – with an ice-cold beer? Typically, the locals meet up with friends after work at a traditional inn or beer cellar to do just this. When it gets dark, it's time for the party animals to really get going in Munich. The streets and squares are filled with life, and the cafés, bars, beer gardens, restaurants and discos become one big club where everyone lets their hair down.

You'll find a wealth of small and lively bars in the districts around the city centre, in the Glockenbach and Gärtnerplatz quarters, in Haidhausen, Westend and Schwabing. Here, the music is not too loud, the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, the people are hip and the flirt factor is high.

Dancing until the final beat, Munich's club scene is famous for its diversity and energy. The trend is catching on in more and more new locations throughout the city centre. The small clubs on Sonnenstrasse and around Maximiliansplatz square are perfect for fans of R'n'B, electro and indie music. The motto is 'get in and you are in'. The action really gets going just before midnight. There are more than 20 clubs between Maximiliansplatz, Stachus and Sonnenstrasse. On the map, Munich's newest party district looks like a banana – and it's now more popular than ever before.

The nightlife scene is in a permanent state of flux. One club closes, another one opens. One place is being done up, and another is changing its name. News of various pop-up locations, which are often only open for a short period of time, is mainly spread by word of mouth or via smartphone on social networks.

Another major 'party mile' is in the east of the city around the Ostbahnhof station on the site of a disused factory. Reflecting the area's industrial heritage, the clubs here have names like 'Optimolwerke' and 'Kultfabrik'. It's even said that this area has the highest concentration of clubs, discos and bars in the whole of Europe.

Stay cool: the Jazzclub Unterfahrt is an absolute must for any jazz fan. For many decades, it has hosted sessions featuring international jazz greats. Munich has a number of other jazz venues where the 'in crowd' go: Blue Note artists and aficionados gather at the Jazzbar Vogler, Muffathalle, Gasteig arts centre or the nightclub at the Bayerischer Hof.

Nowadays, classical music attracts more visitors to Germany than all the rock concerts put together: the Munich Philharmonic, Bavarian State Orchestra and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra provide world-class musical entertainment and, in the summer, they leave the concert halls behind to perform at open-air concerts under the starry skies. With a wealth of first-rate choirs and orchestras, Munich's classical music scene is beyond compare. Every day, there's a programme of high-calibre concerts to choose from.

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