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Munich is the capital city of Bavaria (Bayern), Germany. It is located on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg. There are about 1.35 million people living within city limits, while the Munich Metropolitan Area (including the urban areas of Augsburg, Ingolstadt, Rosenheim and Landshut) is home to over 5 million people.

A dynamic economy

  • Strongest economy of any German city with more than a million people (the other ones being Berlin and Hamburg). 
  • Economic centre of southern Germany, considered a global city, holds the headquarters of Siemens AG (electronics), BMW (car), MAN AG (truck manufacturer, engineering), EADS, aircraft engine manufacturer MTU Aero Engines, among others. 
  • Highest purchasing power in Munich (26,648 euro per inhabitant) as of 2007. 
  • Munich is also a centre for biotechnology, software and other service industries. 
  • Important financial centre (secondary to Frankfurt), being home of HypoVereinsbank and the Bayerische Landesbank. 
  • Largest publishing city in Europe and home to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, one of Germany's largest daily newspapers. 
  • The Bavaria Film Studios are located in the suburb of Grünwald. They are one of Europe's biggest and most famous film production studios.
  • Lufthansa has opened a second hub at Munich's Franz Josef Strauss International Airport, the second-largest airport in Germany, after Frankfurt International Airport.

An attractive city

In terms of activites Munich is home to many sights that will kindle your curiosity and charm you.

Munich’s Churches, Castles, Parks and Gardens define the city’s silhouette:

  • Important churches: Cathedral Church of Our Lady, Church of St. Peter
  • Powerful museums and castles: Nymphenburg Palace, the Residence, the German Museum, The Neue Pinakothek, the BMW Museum, the Jewish Museum
  • Beautiful parks and gardens: the Olympic Park (site of the 1972 Olympics) and the English Garden.

Discover many Sightseeing Tours which will allow you to dive into the city’s atmosphere: the “City Sightseeing”, “Segway Munich Tour”, “Eat the World” tour etc…You can also take many day trips to places around Munich which will help you discover the beautiful country side of the region of Bavaria. Furthermore, Munich is home to the Oktoberfest taking place in the Fall of each year. Be prepared to discover the culinary specialties of Munich: weisswurst, leberkaese, schweinebraten! 

A cultural centre

  • While in Munich you will be able to attend many impressive theater ( in German and in English), opera and dance shows.
  • Discover also the Project Networks of Munich, ongoing cultural projects shown as “work in progress”
  • Munich has always valued the Arts. During your stay you will be able to roam around fabulous Art Galleries and the Artothek of Munich, a forum bringing high art to the homes of those interested.

To learn more about the gems of Munich, follow this link: www.muenchen.de/int/en/tourism.html

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