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Introducing the Kultfabrik

Kultfabrik (formerly known as Kunstpark Ost) claims to be the largest party zones in Europe. Kultfabrik used to be a noodle factory, but has developed into a maze of bars, clubs, a skate park, slot machine hall, a daytime climbing hall, a flea market and a concert hall. It was established following the demise of a similar facility at Reim, the old Munich airport. Once the factory was closed and rusting, some clever Germans decided to turn it into Munich’s most popular night spot for tourists, the aesthetically inept, and the under 18 crowd, combining the usual drinking and dancing with lots of other things roughly connected with kitsch art, sub-standard music, and mindless fun. Nowadays this huge McDonalds-like party zone contains a multitude of different bars and night clubs. Because of the industrial background, the whole zone is somewhat depressing and run down-looking during the day, but by night the huge projectors, laser beams, neon signs are switched on and it is chocked with a couple thousand people looking for a good time.

At the Kultfabrik everything is concentrated. There are something like 30-40 bars and clubs packed into this small area - being precise is difficult, due to the primary customers being tourists individual bars rarely stay open for long (with one or two exceptions), the line-up changes as bars open and close on a weekly basis. If you get bored at one place, you can always go to the next. If one place is full, you can go 10 feet to the next, which will also be full. If you do not like the prepackaged techno, but, prefer prepackaged groove, Latin, house, commercial punk, or metal music, there are plenty of options.

Location & Getting There

Kultfabrik is located right next door to Ostbahnhof. If you go there by S-Bahn or U-Bahn, just follow the crowd. After 11pm everybody goes there. It’s like they are all draining into the same sewer. Which is what the streets of the entire area look like the next day as tourists and a substantial parade of losers throw their bottles and trash in the street.

There are also gazillions of parking places in Kultfabrik if you come by car. You just pay a small fee at the gate. Remember, do not drink and drive, German policemen are everything but understanding. That said, basically everyone that drives to Kultfabrik drives home.

Getting In

All the bars and clubs in Kultfabrik have bouncers at the entrance as a rule, though these are mostly to stop fights from breaking out. Getting in is virtually a given. Kicking the closed door and shouting “Open up du Arsch!" (roughly translates to “open up you asshole!") is not such a good idea.

There is no all-in-one dress code. Though think of what music you want to listen to and adorn yourself with the appropriate costume for the evening. If you want the commercial punk, find yourself a Hot Topic; if you would rather hang out with the pop crowd expect to dress posh.


Click for a List of Clubs at the Kultfabrik



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