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A Quick Guide to Living in Munich

View of Munich, Germany, with the sun rising in the background.

A hearty snack and a hearty brass band – and this is only the beginning!

Munich, also known as ‘Million Village’, is a cosmopolitan and internationally popular destination. There is a lot to discover here, so the state capital of Bavaria is not only worth a visit but is also a great place to live.

The number of inhabitants reaches the 1.5 million mark and in addition to the old town centre around Marienplatz and Odeonsplatz, there are several very different districts to discover. The trendy Glockenbachviertel with its colourful LGBT scene, the student quarter of Maxvorstadt home of several museums and universities, it is also interesting to visit the quieter quarters of Au and Haidhausen along the Isar and Neuhausen-Nymphenburg, where you can even find a castle.

World-famous for the ‘Bayern Munich’ football club, the locals love their city because of its metropolis countryside charm. A lot of art and culture meets the renaturalized river, the Isar and the English Garden, making Munich a very green and relaxed metropolis that does not follow every trend. This is exactly how the locals themselves are, because no matter whether they study, design, waitress or run a company: At the end of the day, they all sit together - in Munich's most beautiful beer gardens.

In summer, the city hosts numerous events and festivals, including concerts, vernissages, readings and markets. In autumn, Oktoberfest is the cultural highlight of the year. The Theresienwiese is a colourful mixture of rides, marquees and lots of fun. This isn't just a beer event, it's fun for the whole family.


‘Hearty’ is probably the right word to best describe the traditional Bavarian cuisine. In Munich, you can enjoy white sausages with pretzels for breakfast and casnocks, chicken, knuckle of pork or roast pork, liver dumpling soup, Obatzda on bread and pastries all day. Let’s not forget to mention the beer!

In addition, there are fantastic exotic restaurants, great falafel shops, smoothie and juice bars as well as several restaurants serving vegan dumplings.


What would Munich be without its beautiful Hofbräuhaus? The Hofbräuhaus has stood on the Platzl for almost 500 years. Tourists from all over the world come here to toast with tourists. Up to 30,000 thirsty people enter the Hofbräuhaus every day to enjoy beer and all kinds of Bavarian delicacies and to listen to brass band music.

The Olympic Park, Frauenkirche and the English Garden are among the most famous landmarks of the city. Schloss Nymphenburg and the Deutsches Museum are very much worth a visit. Many of the highlights can be explored during the walking or bike tours, so you don't always have to choose between different spots in the city.

The landmark in the heart of Munich is called Marienplatz (Mary’s Square). It has existed since 1158, when the Mariensäule, the beautiful new town hall was built. If you climb up its tower, you can enjoy a beautiful view over the city. Another popular meeting place is the “Fischbrunnen”, which has existed since 1318. The English Garden, one of the largest urban parks in the world, is highly recommended to visit in the summer where you can enjoy relaxing on the grass, go swimming and even surf.

The Olympic Park is not only suitable for walks and sunbathing, but also holds events such as concerts. You can also visit one of Munich’s well-known landmarks, the Olympic Tower, and enjoy the spectacular views over the city.

Last but not least, Nymphenburg Castle. Built in 1662, it is surrounded by a beautiful castle park with a canal. Perfect for walks and easy to visit.

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