If there is something that nowadays makes everyone’s life easy when it comes to traveling or being new in a place, that is to have a helpful app. It’s no secret that I like the help of an app, I have previously shared with you some useful travel apps I use to plan my trips, but I also use quite a few on a daily basis here in Munich.
When you are new in town everything seems complicated and what normally would take a few minutes of your time in a familiar place, can take hours to be figured out in your new home. So, to all the expats moving to or who have just arrived, meet my list of must have apps when living in Munich. I hope some of these will help you out to get used to your new life in Minga (Munich in Bavarian):
The city’s official app
This one is pretty cool, it’s the city’s official website turned into an app. Here you can find information on events, shopping, sightseeing, where to find an ATM, pharmacies and hospitals, Wi-Fi Hotspots, and recommendations on where to eat and drink.
Probably the most useful apps of this list, MVG Fahrinfo and MVG More are all you need to find out the schedule of the local public transportation, buy tickets, plan your route and even rent bikes. I can’t live in Munich without them both.
It’s the main one, where you find routes and schedules for the buses, trams, underground and suburban trains, and where you can buy tickets.
It’s the extra app of MVG Fahrinfo, and it’s mainly used to rent the city bikes.
Flughafen München – Munich Airport – MUC
Munich’s airport has its own app, where you can check flight schedule, information about parking, shopping and gastronomy.
Garbage and Recycling
AWM Abfallwirtschaftsbetrieb München
If you never lived in Germany, know that around here the garbage needs to me separated and recycled. If you are not used to recycling at all and don’t know what goes where, this app is quite handy, not only for those who never lived in the country, but also for those who have but are now living in Munich. It tells you when the truck is coming to get your garbage, where you can find a main station near you (called Wertstoffhof) and has an index of materials and where they should go.
The only problem with this one is that the list of materials is in German, so for those not speaking the language, you have an extra challenge.
If you are planning to move to Munich, or are already here, you know how difficult it is to find an apartment in town. To help you out, these are my favorite apps to look for a real estate in the city (well, also in the rest of the country):
Immo Scout 24
Eating and drinking
München – PRINZ TOP GUIDE
If you need tips on where to eat in Munich and didn’t find what you were looking for here on the blog, I advise you to download this app. It’s my most trusted eating and drinking recommendations website in town. I’m sure you will find something there when you have no clue where to go.
In the past couple of years, food delivery has grown up quite a bit around here. It seems to me that each day there are more and more food delivery platforms where you can order from pizza to sushi. Here are the most famous:
FC Bayern München
Even if you are not a fan of the FC Bayern München, know that if you ever go to a game in the Allianz Arena and want to use the Wi-Fi, you will need the team’s official app for that. And if you are a fan, even better, because the app is pretty cool!
When living in Munich, sooner or later you will notice how popular it is to use the services of a car sharing company. I have adopted this service and I love how it’s practical. I use it especially when I need to go to the airport. To use the service you need to register yourself with the chosen company, and download their app, which will inform you where is the next car you can take. These are the two most popular in Munich:
There are many more apps I could add to the list, but I think the ones provided here will help you a lot, and in my opinion are the must haves.