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Facts about Munich

Munich is a city in the south of Germany. With around 1,500,000 inhabitants, Munich is the third largest city in Germany (behind Berlin and Hamburg).
Munich is surrounded by lakes and mountains, and the city itself boasts many parks and a wealth of cultural activities.
In terms of quality of life, Munich is one of the top five cities in the world and is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, combining a strong sense of tradition with a cosmopolitan spirit.

Munich is particularly famous for the annual Oktoberfest. The Oktoberfest is the largest folk festival on the planet, attracting visitors from around the world.

Munich neighbourhoods

It’s not easy to find affordable accommodation in Munich. Among students, the most popular neighbourhoods are:

Glockenbachviertel: The Glockenbachviertel is characterised by charming architecture and gorgeous old buildings, but the district also boasts a lively nightlife. Galleries, pubs and street festivals attract plenty of visitors with a broad range of cultural and gastronomic offerings. The city centre and universities are all easy to reach by public transport.

Neuhausen: Neuhausen has all the charm of a small town, offering many pleasant places to live, good restaurants, and traditional shops and boutiques. The district also has plenty to offer culturally.

Schwabing: Schwabing is in the north of Munich; it’s one of the city’s most popular residential and recreational districts, with plenty of cafés for hanging out. Schwabing is also home to the famous Leopoldstrasse and the popular English Garden.

Maxvorstadt: Maxvorstadt has so much to offer – especially in terms of architecture and culture. This is where you’ll find the city’s architectural highlights: the Königsplatz, the Siegestor. You’ll also find the major universities in Maxvorstadt, and the district has a fine selection of museums.

Sendling: Sendling is home to the Großmarkthalle, Europe’s third largest fruit and vegetable market. Residents young and old like to gather on the Flaucher riverbank for barbecues and swimming. Sendling is one of Munich’s most characterful neighbourhoods.

Ludwigsvorstadt: There’s always something happening in Ludwigvorstadt. Every day, thousands of people use the city’s central station (Hauptbahnhof). And every year, nearly 6 million people turn up to celebrate the Oktoberfest on Munich’s famous Theresienwiese.

Getting around Munich

Munich has a very good public transport network. Suburban rail (S-Bahn), metro (U-Bahn), tram and bus services run every few minutes – it’s very easy to travel from A to B. But it’s also easy to explore Munich by bike.
From Munich Airport, it takes just 40 minutes to reach Munich Central Station and the city centre by S-Bahn.
From the central station, trains travel in all directions – you can reach Frankfurt in just three hours.

Socialising in Munich

Munich offers so many options for leisure activities and networking after work or at weekends. Visiting museums, taking a sightseeing tour of the Frauenkirche, enjoying a coffee on the Marienplatz, munching a snack in the Viktualienmarkt or walking through the English Garden – there’s plenty to keep you entertained. Other must-do experiences? A soccer match in the famous Allianz Arena, not to mention the world-famous Oktoberfest. Also high on the bucket list: a trip to Nymphenburg Palace. Those who prefer active recreation should pack their bathing suits, because in Munich you can even go surfing – no, really.

If you’d like to finish your evening relaxing in a club or bar, you’ll find plenty of choice in Maxvorstadt, Schwabing or the Glockenbachviertel. 

Eating in and eating out

Munich is famous for its many beer gardens (Biergarten). If you want to experience Bavarian tradition, you shouldn’t miss a typical Weißwurst (“white sausage”) breakfast. Other typical dishes include Hendl (chicken), Hax’n (pig’s knuckles) and Leberkäs‘ (pork pâté or “liver cheese”).

But if you prefer international cuisine, you’ll have nothing to complain about in Munich.

You’ll also find Lidl, Aldi and Rewe supermarkets or minimarkets on every street corner in Munich.