Top reasons to live in Munich

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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 are many reasons, and you’ll discover them all once you get here! But for now, I’ve compiled a list of the top reasons why expats, international students and the Germans themselves think Munich is pretty much the best place to make your new home. Let’s dive in.

Why is Munich a good place to live?

Before we dive into the details, let’s summarise. If your friends ask you why you’ve decided to move to Munich, you can give them this list to get started.

Munich is a good place to live 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 proper 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 you still need to keep an eye on your wallet on public transport and lock your doors at night. In fact, because Munich is quite a wealthy city, some extra precautions against burglary won’t hurt. That said, Munich is great for both families and solo expats and international students because the figures surrounding other serious crimes are a lot lower! And, since Germany is pretty darn 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, basically, 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. But what I’m really excited about are the many parks in the city! Above all there’s the world famous English Garden, which is even larger than Central park (3.4 km2), at over 4 square kilometers of park! And that’s not all, it’s perfect for sun worshippers, joggers, but also after work relaxation due to the proximity of various biergartens! And that’s just one of the more famous parks in the city. There’s also the Olympia park, the parks at the banks of the river Isar and so forth, so there’s always an opportunity to immerse yourself in nature. It doesn’t really matter which Munich neighborhood you end up living in, in Munich you’re always close to the greens.

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 as well as a metro system. Getting around Munich is also very straightforward in itself, with an abundance of cycling lanes and high quality signing, making it a city very well suited to cyclists as well. 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 do 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 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. 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, on top of some of the highest average salaries in the country!

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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