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Basic information

  • Area: 310.43 km² (119.86 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +4989
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 1,356,594
  • Official language: German
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Munich – Overview

Enjoying great art? Culinary delights at a beer garden? Shopping? Basking in greenery? Munich has everything a visitor could want for a perfect stay: an outstanding infrastructure, with over 44.000 hotel rooms in all categories, 5000 restaurants and bars, good travel connections, excellent local public transportation, and also famous orchestras, spectacular museums and collections, castles and churches, expansive parks and gardens, popular festivals and attractive opportunities for shopping. The favorite activities of all tourists, taking in culture and shopping, can be wonderfully combined in Munich as in hardly any other city.

Culturally, Munich has something for everyone, be they opera and classical music buffs, or fans of Munich's own top artists. Friends of the theatre will have to make a painful choice every evening, while at the same time rejoicing over the big names amongst directors. The three "Pinakotheken", literally picture galleries, offer art lovers the highest level of satisfaction. Weary museum visitors can restore their strength with coffee and cake in the garden of the Municipal Gallery at the Lenbachhaus, for example, or in the romantic inner courtyard of the Glyptothek.

The city boasts a plethora of Bavarian inns, pleasant cafés, gourmet restaurants, cool bars, trendy lounges, discos, hot clubs, after-work and chill-out locales; indeed, it takes a will not to find the perfect place to either eat, go out, or celebrate. And on the subject of revelry, Oktoberfest at the Wies'n is a party that has become inseparably linked to the image of the city. But Munich is also lively at other times: Mardi Gras, the "strong beer" season, markets, film festivals, opera festivals, Christopher Street Day, or the Tollwood Festival, to name but a few.

What do visitors love so much about Munich? It is that incomparable mix of tradition and cosmopolitanism, of earthiness and innovation that draws tourists to the city from the world round. After all, in 2005, Munich chalked up 8.3 million overnight stays in commercial operations and 83 million day visitors. The motto for the people of Munich is: Live and let live. And both locals and visitors enjoy the outcome.

The Bavarian capital is one of the most important economic centers in Europe. The diversity and progressiveness of the economic structure, a state-of-the-art airport, an optimal congressional centre and the ideal complement of cultural attractiveness and superb leisure activities paved the way for the dynamic development of Munich during the past decades. Munich is the world's number one insurance location, Germany's second most important banking centre, and a leading media hub.

Compiled with the kind assistance of
Tourismusamt München