Locals and visitors come together to celebrate New Year in style. You'll find plenty of like-minded people in Munich, whether you want to see the New Year in with a rousing party or prefer a sporty start to the New Year.
If you're in the mood to celebrate, head for Tollwood on the Theresienwiese at New Year. The winter festival has long been the place to party at New Year! Guests ring in the New Year with a dinner and artists at the gala event, featuring live music and the sounds of a DJ (www.tollwood.de).
The party at the Muffatwerk on the last night of the year promises 'A night of uplifting club sounds' in the café, in the Ampère and in the Muffathalle (www.muffatwerk.de).
Take a look at the 'Night Map' (www.nightmap.org) for a full list of events taking place in clubs, bars and lounges.
Here's a great idea for New Year's revellers who can't decide quite where to go: party through the city by tram. Simply hop on the N 19 (Pasing - St.-Veit-Strasse), the city's most beautiful tram line. The highlight of the west-east crossing through Munich is the section between Nationaltheater (National Theatre) and the Maximillianeum. (Don't forget your MVG public transport ticket!)
Schwanthalerhöhe, at the feet of the Bavaria (statue), offers wide-ranging views over Munich, and is of course a great location for watching the skies full of fireworks.
The best place to admire the brightly lit city skyline from is the Olympiaberg (Olympic Mountain). Climbing the small hill is well worth the effort.
Munich's young romantics avoid the hustle and bustle of the masses, and instead head off the beaten track to spots like the Monopteros in the English Garden. It's the perfect place for couples to declare their undying love for the next year!
The Friedensengel (statue) offers magnificent views over Munich's night skies. This meeting point has developed something of a cult status, and has become a fixed New Year's tradition.
The many bridges across the Isar offer great places to watch the fireworks from because there are no houses to block the view. For example the Reichenbachbrücke (bridge), a spot with panoramic views over the Isar and the Deutsches Museum. Many party-goers then move on to local bars hosting New Year's events, for example in the Gärtnerplatz and Glockenbach districts.
In recent years, celebration shave increasingly taken place around the Gerner Brücke (bridge) on the Nymphenburg Canal. It's a beautiful spot for celebrations with the Nymphenburg Palace in the background.
For a great atmosphere and plenty of space to see the fireworks on the Hofgarten (Court Garden) head for the Odeonsplatz (square) and when it's all over, you can hop straight on the U-Bahn (underground) to get wherever you want.
The Hackerbrücke (bridge) is also a great viewing point. With the lights of the incoming trains fading below you, there's plenty of space to spread out across this long bridge and marvel at the fireworks over Munich city centre.
Looking to end the year on a sporting high? Why not join in the 5 km or 10 km race in the Olympiapark (Olympic Park). For Nordic Walking fans, there's a 5 km course. The start and end points are at the VIP area of the Olympiastadion (Olympic Stadium) (www.silvesterlauf-muenchen.de).
The Munich New Year's Day Race is a great way to see in the New Year in a sporty and mindful way. The 7 km route takes you through the English Garden (www.neujahrslauf-muenchen.de).
With the Prinzregentenstadion (Ice Sport Center), the Olympic Park Ice Sport Centre and the Ice and Fun Sport Centres East/West, Munich offers four great places to get your muscles working. Or if curling is more your thing, head for the magnificent backdrop of the Nymphenburg Palace – or one of Munich's 'eight lakes' the moment they are approved for skating and curling. Alternatively, and regardless of the weather, there are six synthetic ice and polymer rinks (www.muenchen.de).
Following the festive season, there's nothing better than the ski slopes and cross-country ski trails to tempt you to take a trip into the mountains outside the gates of Munich. Railway companies Bayerische Zugspitzbahn AG and Bayerische Oberlandbahn (BOB) offer low cost combined tickets for a 2nd class return trip including a one-day ski pass (www.zugspitze.de, www.alpenplus.com).