10 reasons to live in Munich

Marienplatz, Munich. By Packing my Suitcase.

I have lived in more than 6 different cities in 5 countries and in 3 different continents, but so far, my favorite city to live is Munich. The other day I was thinking about how much I love living here, to walk around these beautiful streets, to have a very organized transportation system, to have everything at hand. So, I decided to make a little list – I love them – and tell you 10 awesome reasons why living in Munich is amazing.

It’s green!

When it comes to nature, Munich doesn’t disappoint. There are over 20 big parks in the city, from small ones to the famous Englisher Garten, which is larger than the Central Park in New York. These facts means that you can never live far from the green; there is always a park nearby.

Englisher Garten, Munich. By Packing my Suitcase.

Big but small

Even though Munich is the 3rd largest city of Germany, with over 1.3 million inhabitants, I never get the feeling that I live in a big and stressful city. Munich gives me the impression that I am in the country, but where I can find everything that only a big city has. Once in a while you meet someone you know around the streets, and this reminds me of when I lived in a tiny Brazilian city where everyone knows everyone.

Munich, by Packing my Suitcase.

Transportation

I am still yet to see a city with perfect public transportation like Munich. The Bus, Trams, Metro and Suburban trains’ schedule, cleanness and organization is impeccable. Of course construction might happen once in a while, but even during this time, they find a way to make everything simple and keep you well informed of the changes. On the other hand, riding a bike and driving in Munich is also practical and organized, the streets are well signed and have bike lanes everywhere. Of course there are also traffic jams, but not comparable with cities like SΓ£o Paulo or New York.

Tram, Munich. By Packing my Suitcase.

Skiing

No, you cannot ski in Munich itself, but you have so many options around, that living here makes things easy when you just want to go skiing for the day and sleep at home, and guess what? The tallest mountain of Germany, the Zugspitze in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, is only 90km away. Munich is a very popular starting point for ski lovers.

Education

This is one of the most important facts for why Munich attracts so many students from all over the World. The University of Munich and the Technical University of Munich are among the top 100 universities in the world and among the best of Germany. The city also offers high quality schools, and among them there are bilingual schools, where is possible to learn languages such as English already as a child.

Low-crime

Among German big cities, Munich is the safest one to live in the country. Of course crimes happen, just like in most big cities in the world, but the criminality here it’s something you just don’t notice on your daily life, and it’s a problem you don’t have to worry about. By travelling to other European cities, I realized how much Munich is safer to live and to be here as a tourist.

Isar, Munich. By Packing my Suitcase.

Culture

Munich is a city full of culture, of History; and living here you can notice it everywhere, on your way to work, to a restaurant and even right beside your house. Museums and monuments, important buildings and statues, they make part of the daily life of who lives here, and I find it awesome and always think of how much has happened around here over the years since the First World War.

Karlsplatz, Munich. By Packing my Suitcase.

Oktoberfest

While everyone is paying an abnormal amount to visit Munich during the Oktoberfest, I don’t need it, it’s already where I pay my rent! I can just decide when to go and how many times I want to. Would you like that?

Oktoberfest, Munich. By Packing my Suitcase.

Eating and drinking

Munich will never disappoint you when it comes to eating and drinking. There are restaurants for everyone’s taste, from Peruvian to Ethiopian, but also the delicious local Bavarian food and the amazing local beers. There are bars for every occasion and mood, where the Spritz drinks take over at night!

Quality of Life

In June 2014, Monocle’s Quality of Life Survey put Munich on number 8 as one of the best cities to live in the world, ahead of other amazing cities like Vancouver, Sydney and Hong Kong. Munich was also chosen as the best city to live in Germany, ahead of Hamburg and Berlin.

Olympia Park, Munich. By Packing my Suitcase.

I tell you what, there are much more reasons to live in Munich, and my point is: no one regrets to live in Munich, and everyone who lives here, loves it!

About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • I lived in this fabulous city myself many years ago and wholly agree with you, it is a great place to live. I miss it for each and every one of the reasons you states you love it. You’ve single-handedly convinced me just now it is time for a return visit! Thank you for a great post

    • Ohh thank you very much for your kind comment! Im really happy that you liked and also agree with me! Then come back soon, you know you will love it

  • …I haven’t been to Munich, yet (or Deutschland, period), but it’s definitely on my list!!…

  • Lovely post about Munich, I enjoyed reading it. I didn’t know that Munich was fairly safe, and I suppose with the low-crime rate you don’t have to worry too much about your bag or phone being stolen – but of course you must be careful πŸ˜€ Very nice to hear that there is greenery in the city, very similar to Melbourne. I suppose you like to sit at the parks when you want to relax or maybe have your lunch there in the summer, like the other people in the photo πŸ™‚ What about the cost of living in Munich? It seems like an affordable place to live!

    • Thank you Mabel, Im happy you enjoyed it πŸ˜€ Yes here you dont have to worry about being stolen, but of course its always good to watch out, as a Brazilian I do it automatically hahaha And yes, Munich is very green and I love this! Its awesome to go for a run with my dog and to make picnics and just relax on the grass!

      As for the cost of living, I would say its expensive, but if you compare it with other major European cities, yes Munich is affordable… I mean, housing is expensive, but food and for going out its very affordable πŸ˜€

      • Picnics on the grass. I totally forgot about that! You can have a teddy bear picnic!!! Having green everywhere means there’s space, not only space to exercise but space to relax. Not too crowded, and maybe in these spaces you feel more at peace with yourself πŸ™‚

        That is good to hear food and entertainment aren’t too expensive over there. In Australia everything is expensive. Like going out: a movie ticket is usually $20. In the suburbs it can be even more expensive than that, haha πŸ™‚

        • Yes!! There is lots of space for an awesome picnic πŸ˜€ In fact I did one last weekend and it was awesome!

          I guess in terms of entertainment the only thing I still find expensive around here is the Cinema… it costs around 10 Euros πŸ˜€ but the rest is fine!!

          • 10 Euros is quite expensive for a cinema, but still cheaper than in Melbourne! Hope you get to do more of the picnics before it gets too cold in Munich. But than again, no reason why you can’t do a picnic on the grass in winter…. πŸ˜€

            By the way, I sent you an email through your blog Contact page. Hope to hear from you soon!

          • Yes it is expensive, Im impressed that in Melbourne is that expensive, I didnt know!
            About the picnic, now is already rainy and its getting cold πŸ™

            I saw your email… I will reply now πŸ˜€ thank you!

  • I absolutely love living in Germany but I don’t think you could ever convince me to live in Munich – it’s just so expensive and I found it a bit depressing in January. Glad you like it though!

    • Oh yes, January is a depressing month anyways. Summer is much better, give it a try again, maybe you will change your mind πŸ˜€ but me too, I love living in Germany. Besides Munich, I also lived a few months in Regensburg πŸ™‚ where you do you live in Germany?

      • I moved to Dusseldorf at the end of April where I am now but I spent a summer a years ago doing an internship in Leipzig. Dusseldorf is a lovely city and I love the proximity to so many countries, but I do miss the characters of Saxony and the East!

        • Sounds great!! I have never been to Leipzig neither to Dusseldorf! I hope to make it there soon…there many amazing places in Germany to visit πŸ™‚

  • I recently visited for the first time and was totally smitten. A great city with a wonderful vibe.

    • Glad you liked it Jack!! I also have this feeling that Munich has a good vibe, especially in summer! πŸ™‚

  • Reading your post, I am convinced Munich is a wonderful city to live in! I like the green part, culture and education πŸ™‚

  • Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    I’ve only been to Munich for a couple of days last year during the Christmas markets but I totally fell in love with it at that time so definitely think they are a great feature of the city too!! But it’s also great to hear that it has a relatively low crime rate compared to other major cities and I love how the foodie scene there is so diverse!

    • Thank you for the lovely comment!! I also love the Christmas Markets, and surely they are a great feature for the city…just thought of not mentioning them as they are all over Germany at this season, and not only in Munich, but I do agree with you! Im happy that you enjoyed Munich, and I hope you can also come back during summer to enjoy a lot more πŸ˜€

  • I haven’t been to Munich but after reading this post, I love it already!

    • Ohhh Helene, thats makes me happy!! I hope you can make it to Munich soon then! And you ever need a guide or tips do let me know, I will be very happy to help you πŸ˜€

  • Sha

    I’m loving it already based on your reasons BUT I’ve got to challenge you on the transport though..Having been to Japan numerous times, I’ve got to say that the Japanese have an equally awesome transport system that never ceases to amaze me…:)

    • Really?? Thats great to know…I’ve never been there, though I hope to go soon!! And I do believe you, I’ve heard amazing things about the public transportation in Japan πŸ™‚

  • I visited a long time ago but cannot remember a lot. I didn’t know it was so highly ranked!

    • Its time to come again, now you have a guide!!! Yes, Munich has one of the quality of life in the world, and its the best in Germany πŸ™‚

      • And you have a wonderful art museum, right?
        So many places to see, will have to put it in the list!

  • We were just visiting Munich and the surrounding area again about one and a half weeks ago. I always look forward to our next visit, just a great city!

    • I am happy you liked Munich Connie!! Do let me know when you are around again, I will be happy to meet you in person πŸ˜€

      • Thank you Allane! It might be a while since we’ve already been twice in the past couple of months. πŸ™‚

  • Can’t wait to visit Munich! It’s on my list while I am m Europe πŸ™‚

    • Sounds great!! Let me know if you need anything, I will be around πŸ˜€

  • I haven’t been to Munich (nor any place in Germany, actually) but I would love to. I love the last picture, by the way! πŸ˜€

  • My exact thoughts – what a great place to live indeed!! I especially love the constant feeling of being hugged – munich is such a welcoming place.

    • Yes, I agree with you, Munich is a very welcoming place and I love it! I guess we share the same love for the city πŸ˜€

  • Super! Bin vielleicht auch bald wieder in Schland und wenn dann hΓΆchstwahrscheinlich in MUC – oder vielleicht wieder Berlin πŸ™‚ Sehr brauchbar!

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  • Haha. When I saw the title, I thought maybe you were going to list “Beer” 10 times. But your reasons for living there are much more practical. I remember visiting Munich years ago. I loved the city. I traveled all over Germany, but remember Munich as my favorite city.

    • hahahaha got ya!! You know, maybe if I was a German I would probably just mention the beer πŸ˜€ funny enough the Germans love to complain about their cities, an so on… but as a foreigner here I always see the good πŸ˜€ of course, beer is also good, but not a reason to live here πŸ˜€ Im happy that you liked Munich, its really an amazing city, you have to go back, so now we can meet each other πŸ˜€

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  • I visited Munich for half a day a few years ago (en route from Prague to NYC) and absolutely fell in love with it. The people were amazingly nice and considerate, the transport system – trust-based (!!!), the food was out of this world, and it just seemed like a worldly big city (the only kind I could ever live in) wrapped in a cute, small story-book European town package (the kind I love to visit). Sold all the way!

    • Hi Anna! Im happy to know that you have good impressions of Munich! I hope you can visit it again and stay a bit longer, there is a lot to do here, especially in summer! Thank you for the lovely comment πŸ™‚

  • I’m lucky to have parents that live not far from Munich, but your mini guide reminds me that we must get there more often! πŸ™‚

    • Ohh how nice that your parents live nearby!! Then you should visit more often πŸ˜€ let me know when you are around!!

  • You have touched on everything that one needs to have in any place to make that place a great place to dwell around and cherish the stay…big but small, the vibrant culture, the quality of life and the green cover…what more one want to make a permanent place of dwelling. The park, the water flow and close to nature, it is awesome to be in the city and so close to the heart of nature…Lovely post!!!

    • Thank you so much Nihar!! Munich is indeed a great place to live… I love it here. My entire life I moved to different places and never thought about staying for good… until I moved here πŸ˜€ of course the language doesn’t help so much, but I get along with it, step by step haha

      Thank you for your kind comment, as always. I appreciate it! I hope you can visit Munich someday… especially during summer or fall πŸ™‚

      • I will definitely do so, just putting it in my agenda…the problem is that so many things to do and we have one life…noted summer or fall.

        I believe language should never be a problem, it just a mode of communication and we can learn and use multiple ways to communicate and interact that is comfortable to us and connect with others…if we love the place, the place will teach everything to live there…

        • I would be honored to show you around if one day you fine the time to come πŸ™‚
          And I know that we have so much to do, and so many places to see!! But I like that πŸ™‚

          You are right, that is exactly what I keep telling myself every time I complain about how hard German is… if I love here, then I will have to learn it πŸ˜€
          Thank you again for the kind words!

          • Definitely when I am coming, I will make it a point to keep you updated and if it is convenient to you it will a pleasure to catch up…

            Once you love the place rest follows, we adapt to everything there…heart needs to be convinced and mind follows…

          • Sounds like a plan πŸ™‚

            Very true!

  • Ah, Munich!
    You’ve listed so many of the reasons I liked this city both times I’ve been (and can’t wait to go back). What I was very impressed by, was, that even at a crazy-busy time like the Oktoberfest, Munich was still relatively safe – we didn’t see or hear of any incidents of petty crime like pickpocketing, theft etc. I would imagine things would be very different in another popular European city (Paris, Rome, Barcelona come to mind) at busy festival times.
    Of course the downside of visiting during the Oktoberfest is that the beer always gets in the way of all my other plans!

    • hahaha so nice to read your comment πŸ˜€
      Indeed, there is no pickpocketing in Munich and I am very happy about that. In my 3 years living here I still haven’t felt unsafe, it is such a perfect city to live in… even during Oktoberfest when it becomes very busy with tourists.

      I am happy that you like this lovely city and I hope you come back soon πŸ˜€ beer is really tempting around here hahaha

      Thank you so much for reading and for stopping by! Have an amazing week! πŸ˜€