Oktoberfest - ein Fest der Landeshauptstadt München
Photo: Sebastian Lehner

The view from St. Paul’s Church

The best view of the Wiesn

Get a view of the Oktoberfest from lofty heights – visitors can do just that at the tower of St. Paul’s Church. In the right weather, you can even see as far as the Alps.

A bird’s eye view of the Oktoberfest

St. Paul’s Church is situated north of the Theresienwiese. The neo-Gothic church at the end of Landwehrstraße opens its main tower to visitors during the Wiesn and offers an impressive view of the Oktoberfest and all of Munich. When the weather is good, you can even see a panorama of the Alps behind the Ferris wheel and the tents. It’s well worth climbing the 250 steps to the viewing platform to be rewarded with the view from 50 meters high.

The tower of St. Paul’s Church is open on weekdays from 9 am to 12 noon, 2 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm, and on Sundays from 2 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm. Adults are asked to make a donation of three euros for entry, and children and teenagers up to 16 years enter free. Around 6,000 people enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Oktoberfest on average every year.

All the information about the tower at a glance

Address: St.-Pauls-Platz 11 in 80336 Munich
Opening times during Oktoberfest: weekdays from 9 am to 12 noon, 2 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm, and Sundays from 2 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm
Cost: Donation of three euros (except for children and teenagers up to 16 years)

About St. Paul – the history of St. Paul’s Church

At the end of the 19th century, the population of Munich grew so fast that more churches had to be built. One of these was St. Paul’s Church, known locally as Paulskirche, which was the first Catholic parish church in the district of Ludwigsvorstadt. The blueprint was developed by Georg von Hauberrisser, who also designed the new town hall on Munich’s Marienplatz. St. Paul’s was built in a neo-Gothic style from 1892 to 1906. With its 97-meter main tower, the church is one of the tallest religious buildings in the city.