MUNICH
TRADITION MEETS INNOVATION

Skyline von München und die Alpen © Rudolf Sterflinger
Skyline von München und die Alpen© Rudolf Sterflinger

Munich is the home of two prestigious German universities and a city rich in contrasts: modern and dynamic, but at the same time cosy and laid-back. This is where the high-tech sector and academic world meet the rough and ready charm and pure fun of the Oktoberfest. These are just some of the reasons why Germany's southernmost city attracts so many young people.

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WELCOME TO MUNICH

This is where Bavarian culture meets cosmopolitan flair: Munich is the capital of the German federal state of Bavaria and lies to the north of the Alps. With a population of around 1.3 million, Munich is Germany’s third largest city.

Munich is a strong economic centre. Well-known enterprises from the high-tech, electronics and automobile industries such as BMW, Siemens, Infineon, Allianz and Munich Re Group are headquartered here. This economic power generates excellent job opportunities for graduates from all kinds of fields. Munich is home to two of the most prestigious universities in Germany, the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) and Technische Universität München (TUM). It is also a city of ideas and inventions. Both the German and the European Patent Office have their headquarters on the banks of the river Isar.

Munich boasts the Deutsche Museum, the world’s largest museum of science and technology, the „Pinakothek der Moderne“, the most important museum of modern art in Europe, and of course, it’s the home of FC Bayern München, one of Europe’s most successful football clubs.

The Vorhoelzer Forum offers a sensational view of the city from its café on the large roof terrace. You should also pay a visit to the Olympiapark and Olympia tower. On clear days, you can enjoy stunning views from the tower and even see as far as the Alps!

The famous Oktoberfest beer festival takes place in the autumn. This is something both locals and visitors look forward to all year! Young and old gather in the huge marquees and celebrate in a relaxed and lively atmosphere with folk music and current hits. It won’t take you long to get to know locals! The vast festival takes place on the Theresienwiese, and the most important thing about it, of course, is the beer! Many visitors wear traditional Bavarian costumes. Women wear a dress called „Dirndl“ and men wear leather trousers.

Viktualienmarkt is also a good place for meeting people from Munich. You can buy fresh food at this popular market („Viktualien“ is an old term for food) and wander past the stands. A generally accepted motto in Munich is: speaking makes life easier.

LIVING IN MUNICH

Munich is one of the most expensive cities in Germany. Students love the cultural diversity and beautiful buildings in the districts of Maxvorstadt or Schwabing. These are great places to live and for nightlife, but they’re very expensive.

The people of Munich attach importance to order and respect. „Münchner“ are known to say rather rudely: „Dich kenn ich fei nicht.“ („I don’t know you.“). But if you’re polite and get to know people properly, they will treat you in a friendly way. It’s important to the locals that you respect their culture and don’t simply imitate them. You’re much more likely to make new friends during a conversation over a glass of wine than by walking through the streets wearing cheap leather trousers with a bottle of beer in your hand.

If you’re shy about approaching people, many universities have buddy programmes where international students are supervised by students from higher semesters during their stay abroad. These buddies help you with organisational matters or language problems.

There are lots of nice places in Munich where students get together. The Englischer Garten or „Eisbachwelle“ are very popular spots. The rapidly flowing Eisbach has a manmade wave which surfers like to ride. You can sunbathe on the lawns next to the Pinakothek museums in Maxvorstadt.

Popular and, above all, typically Bavarian meeting points in good weather are the beer gardens. This is where friends meet to drink a cool beer or refreshing „spritzer“ (juice with mineral water). The beer gardens next to the Funkhaus, „Hofgarten“ or on Max-Weber-Platz are especially attractive. When you’re in Munich, of course, you also have to try local culinary specialities, such as the traditional Bavarian breakfast with Weisswurst, or white sausage, wheat beer and pretzels. This is typical brewery fare.

The city centre abounds with clubs where you can party until the early hours. Popular venues include the hip „Crux“, „Schnelle Liebe“ and „Kong“. This is where you’ll meet Munich’s chic, urban party scene. All the clubs are within 15 minutes‘ walk from each other. You can get cheap drinks at „Barschwein“ close to the „Munich Freiheit“ underground stop.

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