|Address||Lagerhausstraße 15, 81371 Munich|
|Location||Sendling, Munich, Germany|
|Operator||Kulturverein Wannda e.V.|
|Type||Bar, nightclub, music venue|
The Alte Utting is a bar, nightclub and music venue in Munich. The decommissioned, land-bound passenger ship is placed on a railway bridge that crosses an inner-city arterial road, and is regarded as one of the most spectacular nightlife spots of the city.
History and Description
Use as a passenger ship (1950–2016)
The ship, which has a length of 36.4 metres (119 ft 5 in), a width of 7.5 metres (24 ft 7 in) and a capacity of 400 passengers, was built by the Deggendorfer Werft und Eisenbau Gesellschaft in 1949 and she was used as a passenger ship MS Utting on the Ammersee lake in Upper Bavaria from 1950 to 2016.
Use as a nightlife spot (since 2018)
The ship was decommissioned in 2016 and then bought by the Kulturverein Wannda e.V. in Munich, which by then already had made a name for itself with other subcultural projects such as the nightclub Bahnwärter Thiel or the permanent festival Wannda Circus, and which was able to finance the project from the revenues of these event locations. On 21 and 22 February 2017 the hull of the ship and the superstructures were transported from the Ammersee lake to Munich. For the night-time transport to Munich, the Autobahn had to be closed by the police. After its arrival in Munich, the 144-ton ship was deployed on a former railway bridge close to the Wholesale Market Munich that crosses an inner-city arterial road, and the conversion to a nightlife and cultural venue started. Due to tremendous static and safety-relevant requirements the opening of the venue was delayed for more than one year. On 12 July 2018 the former ship was christened to the name Alte Utting on the railway bridge by the head of the municipal planning and building control office Julia Schönfeld-Knor. After completion of the reconstruction measures, the party ship has been open daily since 26 July 2018 and is primarily used as a bar, restaurant, discothèque (in the engine room), music venue and cabaret stage. As the Alte Utting quickly established itself as an attraction that is known far beyond the city borders, local politicians plan to preserve it permanently.
The Alte Utting and its cultural events regularly receive media attention by local, nationwide and international media. The New York Times described the Alte Utting as an example of hip night life spots in Munich "that could give Berlin a run for its money". According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Alte Utting has become "a kind of landmark" of the city of Munich.
The Alte Utting on the opening night (26 July 2018)
Party guests on the upper deck having a view over nightly Sendling
The enginge room of the Alte Utting is used as a discothèque
Beer garden behind the stern of the ship
Live concert in front of the bow of the ship
Party guests on the Alte Utting (2018)
The MS Utting as passenger ship on the Ammersee lake (1991)
The lifting of the Utting (Febr. 2017)
The MS Utting during its conversion (March 2017)
- Safronova, Valeriya (December 28, 2018). "Is Munich Getting Cool? Look for the Boat on the Bridge". The New York Times. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
- "Ein Schiff mit Charakter und Ausstrahlung" [A ship with character and charisma] (PDF) (in German). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 8, 2016. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
- "Studien am Comer See" [Studies at Lake Como]. Der Spiegel (in German). August 1, 1956. pp. 23–24. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
- Karl, Bastian (December 28, 2017). "Umbau-Stau auf der MS Utting: Hat sich der Party-Kapitän verhoben?" [Delay of the conversion of the MS Utting: Has the party captain overstretched himself?]. Bild (in German). Retrieved September 22, 2019.
- Berzl, Michael; Knoll, Günther (February 22, 2017). ""Das Schiff neu zu bauen, wäre billiger"" ["To build a new ship would be cheaper"]. Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German). Retrieved September 22, 2019.
- Kaufmann, Laura (May 18, 2018). "Partyschiff in Sendling: Die MS Utting legt bald ab" [Party ship in Sendling: Soon the MS Utting casts off]. Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German). Retrieved September 22, 2019.
- Kaufmann, Laura (July 13, 2018). "Alte Utting: Münchens Schiff hat einen Namen" [Alte Utting: Munich's ship has a name]. Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German). Retrieved September 22, 2019.
- "Großes Eröffnungswochenende: Die "Alte Utting" feiert Eröffnung" [Huge opening weekend: The "Alte Utting" celebrates its opening]. Radio Charivari (in German). July 26, 2018. Archived from the original on September 23, 2019. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
- Dürr, Anke (July 25, 2018). "Spektakuläres Kulturprojekt in München: Wie das Schiff auf die Brücke kam" [Spectacular culture project in Munich: How the ship came onto the bridge]. Spiegel Online (in German). Retrieved September 22, 2019.
- Zirnstein, Michael (October 26, 2018). "Subkultur: Wir arbeiten mit Sachen, die sonst keiner will" [Subculture: We work with things no one else wants]. Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German). Retrieved October 28, 2018.
- "Official program of the Alte Utting". Retrieved September 22, 2019.
- "Dauerhafter Liegeplatz: Münchner SPD: "Alte Utting" soll weiter in Sendling ankern" [Permanent berth: Munich's SPD: "Alte Utting" is supposed to stay in Sendling]. Abendzeitung (in German). July 25, 2019. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
- Britzelmeier, Elisa; Lutz, Christiane (6 December 2019). ""Das Schiff war das Billigste"" [The ship itself was the least cost factor]. Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 6 December 2019.