Whether you’ve moved country a dozen times or have never stepped out of your home town before, relocating is always an exciting time. There are thrills, a new language to learn and experiences which you could just never find at home. However, there are also difficulties: do I need to have German health insurance? How do I find affordable accommodation in Munich that’s also in a good location? These things crop up no matter where you go, and when moving to Munich it’s no different.
Our friendly, devoted and well-travelled team at Housing Anywhere has put together this guide so that you have all the answer you need to overcome these barriers. Once you’ve budgeted your cost of living a little and found out the best things to see and do in Munich, you’ll be able to simply enjoy the city without any big problems plaguing your conscience.
Have a great time!
Though many people believe it is the capital city of Germany, that honor in fact goes to Berlin. Munich is only the 3rd largest city in Germany, yet is still bigger than all but 9 other cities in the EU. It’s massive, basically, with a population of around 1.5 million.
Munich is well known for its high standard of living and is credited as being an alpha-world city in recognition of its importance on a global economic scale. More than that, Munich has an absolute love of both the arts and advanced technology. Tourism is very high, and the world-renowned beer festival Oktoberfest draws crowds of millions every year.
The city is popular with students and youngsters, and the general population is diverse one, with people from all nations welcomed into its borders. Of course Munich is a city steeped in history, and there are many museums throughout the city which shed an informative light on its people and culture.
Munich has it all. If you’re coming here for an exchange or internship, you couldn’t have picked a nicer, more friendly city.
The official language in the city is German, as it is for over 95% of the country. You should definitely try to gain at least basic proficiency before you leave, though the quality of spoken English by Germans is very high, so you should be able to get by pretty easily with that. Try not to be offended if your broken German leads to a response in English; they’re probably just trying to help, not to belittle you - just keep practicing!
Probably the least predictable or ordered part of the city is its weather. In summer, you get the warmest weather (peaking around 25oC in July/August) but also the heaviest rainfall, so the air is often quite humid. Of course there will be days of clear sunshine, but there’s always a chance of a heavy summer storm.
As for winter, the temperature can drop comfortably below freezing, and snowfall is pretty common throughout December to February. The presence of the alps can cause sporadic warm or cold winds, so the weather truly is impossible to predict.
Unintuitively, Munich is actually situated further to the North than any major US city, and is more in-line with Canada!
The Deutsches museum in Munich is the largest science and technology museum in the entire world, displaying over 28,000 fascinating objects.
Oktoberfest - the world famous beer and folk festival - actually starts in September when the weather is more predictable and fair.
The metro system in Munich was designed to cater for the 1972 Olympic Games, though it is now recognized as one of the best underground systems in Europe.
Here you will also find the world’s largest pub, Hofbrauhaus, which can fit an astounding 5,000 people at once. First opened in 1589, it is still extremely popular to this day!