Top reasons why moving to Munich is a good idea

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Updated on Dec 11 • 4 minute read

Out of all the cities in Germany to live in, Munich is one of the best. Why is Munich such a good pace to live, you’re wondering? Well, there're many reasons and you’ll discover them all once you get here! But for now, we’ve compiled a list of the top reasons why expats, international students and the Germans themselves think Munich is the best place to make your new home. Let’s dive in.

Why is Munich a good place to live?

Munich is a great city to live in because:

  • It’s the safest city in Germany;
  • It’s a large city with small town vibes;
  • You’ll have access to lots of green space (so bring your pets!);
  • It’s easy to navigate;
  • It’s home to Oktoberfest!
  • Munich merges local history and culture with global modern technology.

It’s the safest city in Germany

According to German crime statistics, Munich has been the safest city in Germany for a long time now. And if you’re moving abroad to a new city, that’s good to know! The good crime statistics even extend to the areas around Munich, so even if you’re not in the city, you’ll be perfectly safe!

Of course, just because it’s the safest city doesn’t mean that crime doesn’t happen. Munich is safe in the sense that women can confidently travel alone at night. But because Munich is quite a wealthy city, some extra precautions against burglary won’t hurt.

That said, Munich is great for families, solo expats and international students because the figures surrounding other serious crimes are a lot lower! And, since Germany is pretty safe in general, being the safest city in the country really does say something!

It’s a large city with small town vibes

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, with a population of around 1.5 million.

Unlike most large cities, Munich feels a lot smaller than that. It has all the amenities, events and opportunities that a large city has to offer, but its rich greenery and a marriage between both historical and modern architecture seem to break up the stressful bustle and vibe that other cities of this size tend to radiate. At the same time you can still explore the city and find new spots, shops and hangouts even after living in the city for a few years.

You’ll have access to lots of green space

Munich is quite a green city! And we’re not talking about the occasional bush or tree. Munich’s streets are lined with trees, bringing the seasons to you every day of the year.

The city also has some incredible parks that're popular with different types of people! Munich is home to the world famous English Garden, which is even larger than Central park! It’s perfect for sun worshippers, joggers, and for after work relaxation due to the proximity to the various biergartens!

It doesn’t really matter which Munich neighborhood you end up living in, in Munich you’re always close to the greenery.

It’s easy to navigate

For many people, the association with major cities' transport systems is that it’s slow, expensive, outdated, and probably even gross. The alternative would be sitting in traffic jams or trying to cycle on a road where drivers don’t really tolerate a cyclist’s presence.

In Munich, your experience will be the opposite! Munich has an excellent public transport system, with reliable service for bus, train and metro. Getting around Munich is also very straightforward in itself, with good train system for commuters and an abundance of cycling lanes and high quality signing, making it a city very well suited to cyclists.

So whether you’re on your way to work, moving from A to B or simply trying to explore the city, you have various options for destinations both near and far.

It’s home to Oktoberfest!

Though Germans are known for their strict, direct and bureaucratic nature: they know how to party. And there’s no German party like Oktoberfest! As capital of Bavaria, known for its many biergarten, Munich transforms into party central for 16 to 18 days every year when Oktoberfest comes around. Around 6 million people from around the world visit the Oktoberfest activities in Munich, so for those few weeks, the city’s population triples for a while. A great time for you to take some time off work and experience some genuine German culture and cuisine from up close!

Munich blends local history and culture with global modern technology

Munich is well known for its high standard of living and some of the highest average salaries in the country!

More than that, Munich has an absolute love of both the arts and advanced technology. You’ll see this in the mix of modern and old architecture and its abundance of cultural highlights as well as a thriving job market with room in iconic companies in almost any field. Munich is a great place to live if you want to be able to immerse yourself in culture and history, while being in the middle of the most cutting edge advances at the same time.

Fun Facts About Munich

And now that you know why Munich should be your new home, we’ll send you off with a few fun facts about Munich!

  • Strangely, 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. It ends on the first saturday of Oktober.
  • 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.
  • In Munich 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!

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