About Munich

MarienplatzRated one of the "Ten Most Dynamic Cities" of the world by Newsweek magazine, as well as the "most liveable city in the world," Munich has been called a Millionenstadt mit Herz, Millionendorf or even Italy's northern-most city. Munich has all the vitality of a large, modern metropolis but with the safety and Gemütlichkeit of a smaller town.

Yet just beyond the relaxed atmosphere of the English Garden (one of the largest city parks in the world) lies evidence of Munich's international reputation as an exciting center of academic research and education: ten universities (including two of Germany's top-ranked research universities), twelve Max-Planck institutes, the most modern engineering research center in the world, and the largest medical research facility in Europe.

 

English GardenBeautiful, safe, filled with both old world tradition and all the vitality and culture of a big city (but less than an hour from the Alps - on public transportation no less!), Munich ranks no. 1 on the list of preferred German cities because of its arts and culture offerings, its enviable geographic location, and its high standard of living.

At the same time, you'll quickly discover the small town atmosphere that makes Munich so uniquely attractive. Nowhere else in Germany do the best of all worlds meet. If you want it all, you'll find it in Munich!

 


History

Statue of King LudwigFounded by Henry the Lion in 1158, ruled by the Wittelsbach dynasty for 700 years, remembered for the extravagance of Ludwig II, and as the site of Hitler’s rise to power, the histories of Munich and Bavaria have intersected European history for centuries. Artists and thinkers who once called Munich home include Thomas Mann, Rainer Maria Rilke, Walter Benjamin, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Max Weber, Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Hans Magnus Enzensberger and more.

 

Arts & Culture

FrauenkircheAmong Munich's many cultural institutions are two prestigious opera houses, three symphony orchestras, and 70 theaters.  The art treasures of Munich's 50 museums, 160 art galleries provide a unique opportunity to experience first-hand some of the most important collections in the world.

Moreover, many of Munich’s most famous museums are just minutes away from the JYM institute!

The best preserved Roman ruins, castles and fortified cities of the Middle Ages also can be found just a short distance from Munich.

And the cities of Nürnberg, Augsburg, Regensburg and Bamberg contain the richest examples of romanesque, gothic, renaissance and baroque architecture in all of Europe.

 


Location, Location, Location

Skiing in the AlpsMunich’s central location within Europe offers unlimited possibilities for travel. Less than an hour from Austria, and only four hours from Südtirol and the Dolomite mountains in Italy, Munich is a convenient gateway to any destination. The lakes and mountains of Upper Bavaria provide year-round sports opportunities — from alpine hiking in summer to downhill and cross-country skiing in winter — and just an hour's ride from Munich on public transportation.

 


Guidebooks

Bavarian Lake

Virtual Tour of LMU Munich

EuropeGuidebook - Munich & more

Lonely Planet World Guide - Munich

Rick Steve's Guide - Germany

 

 

Links

Munich• Munich Tourist Office — www.muenchen-tourist.de

• Inside Munich — www.inside-munich.com

• Munich City Map — www.stadtplandienst.de

• City of Munich — www.muenchen.de

Leo - Link Everything Online: München und Umland
LOTS of links - put together by the Technical University of Munich