Of all the places you can study in Germany, Munich offers the best of all worlds. Nowhere else in Germany do tradition and customs merge with all the excitement and opportunity of a modern big city that is home to Germany's top universities, businesses and industries, and all less than an hour from the Alps!
Because of its safe, small town feel, Munich is often referred to as a Millionendorf (a village with a million inhabitants) or even Italy's northern-most city.
Because of its arts and culture offerings, its enviable geographic location, as well as high standard of living, Munich is continually voted the city in which Germans would most prefer to live.
And because of its unique combination of the old and the new existing side-by-side, Munich has been rated the "most liveable city in the world" by Monocle, one of the "Ten Most Dynamic Cities" of the world by Newsweek, the #1 Best University City by QS Best Student Cities in 2018, and the #1 most sustainable, eco-city in Germany according to the 2019 World Atlas.
Founded by Henry the Lion in 1158 and ruled by the Wittelsbach dynasty for 700 years, Munich is often remembered for the extravagance of Ludwig II and as the site of Hitler's rise to power. Artists, writers and thinkers who once called Munich home include Bertolt Brecht, Thomas Mann, Rainer Maria Rilke, Walter Benjamin, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Max Weber, Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Hans Magnus Enzensberger and even the American author Jonathan Franzen (who btw is a JYM alum!).
Munich is known today for its numerous world renowned museums, art galleries, symphony orchestras, theaters, film studios and opera house, as well as for its annual Oktoberfest and favorite soccer club, FC Bayern München. (Six world famous museums are just minutes walking distance from JYM!)
Munich also boasts 14 universities (two are the top-ranked in all of Germany), 12 Max-Planck institutes, is home to the most modern engineering and medical research centers in the world, and one of the largest solar parks in Europe.
Globally-known firms such as Allianz, BMW and Siemens are headquartered in Munich, and Bill Gates has called Bavaria Europe's "high tech Mecca".
As if that alone weren't enough to explore, discover and enjoy, there's the Englischer Garten (the largest public urban park in the world), the lakes and mountains of Upper Bavaria, and of course the Alps all at your doorstep.
Unlike any other city in Germany, only in Munich can you have it all.