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Coat of arms of Munich
Munich is located in Germany
Coordinates 48°8′0″N 11°34′0″E / 48.133333°N 11.566667°E / 48.133333; 11.566667
Country Germany
State Bavaria
Admin. region Upper Bavaria
District Urban district
City subdivisions 25 boroughs
Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD)
Governing parties SPDGreens / Rosa Liste München
Basic statistics
Area 310.43 km2 (119.86 sq mi)
Elevation 519 m  (1703 ft)
Population  1,348,650  (31 October 2007)[1]
 - Density 4,344 /km2 (11,252 /sq mi)
 - Urban ~2,600,000
 - Metro ~4,650,000 
Founded 1158
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate M
Postal codes 80331 – 81929
Area code 089

Munich (German: München) is the third biggest city of Germany (after Berlin and Hamburg), and the capital of Bavaria. It has a population of 1,320,000. The metropolitan area of Munich includes the city itself, and all the suburbs around it, and has about 2.6 million people in it. It is one of the most important centres of economy in Germany.

People of Munich

The official population of Munich city proper at 310.43 km^2 is 1,368,840 inhabitants only with principal residence as of 31.01.2009. Around 176,000 inhabitants with secondary residence also live in administrative city limits but they are not calculated in this official census. According to some estimates that population counts around 200,000 people. Fast growing Munich urban area has 2,667,000 inhabitants (by 2008. estimate). Munich city proper with all suburbs at 12,000 km^2 has 4,700,000 inhabitants and Munich metropolitan region that covers 27,700 km^2 and includes Augsburg,Ingolstadt,Landshut,Rosenheim and Landsberg has around 6,000,000 inhabitants. Munich is the 12th city in EU by population within city limits and the 14th largest urban area in Europe. Its metropolitan area ranks among largest metro areas in Europe. As of December 2008, 47.3% of Munichs residents belong to no religious group, 38.3% are Roman Catholic, 14.0% are Lutheran Protestants and 0.3% are Jewish.[2] There is also a small Old Catholic parish and an Episcopal Church.


1158 - The settlement was founded as Munichen by Henry the Lion
1255 - Residence of Upper Bavaria.
1806 - Munich became the capital of the Bavarian monarchy
1923 - Beer Hall Putsch of the Nazis
1939-45 - 45% was destroyed in World War II
1972 - Olympic games (Summer)


Munich has the strongest economy of any German city.[3] They have the lowest unemployment rate (5.6%) of any German city with more than a million people.[4][5]

Munich is the largest publishing city in Europe.[6] It is home to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, one of Germany's largest daily newspapers. Munich is also home to Germany's largest public broadcasting network, ARD, and its largest commercial network, Pro7-Sat1 Media AG. The headquarters of the German branch of Random House, the world's largest publishing house, is in Munich.

The Bavaria Film Studios are in the suburb of Grünwald. They are one of Europe's biggest and most famous movie production studios.[7]

Lufthansa has opened a second hub at Munich's Franz Josef Strauss International Airport. It is the second-largest airport in Germany, after Frankfurt International Airport.

Sights and attractions



Munich Airport - Franz Joseph Strauss (IATA: MUC, ICAO: EDDM)

Public Transportation

Public transport network

Munich has one of the most comprehensive systems in the world. There are subways, suburban trains, trams and buses.


Munich is the most successful city in Bundesliga history. FC Bayern Munich have won 20 national championship along with 13 DFB Cups, 5 UEFA Champions League/European Championship, 1 UEFA Cup and 1 UEFA Cup Winners Cup for 39 trophies.

Munich hosted the 1972 Summer Olympics. They were one of the host cities for the 2006 Football World Cup. Munich bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games but lost to Pyeongchang.[8] In September 2011 the DOSB President Thomas Bach said that Munich would bid again for the Winter Olympics in the future.[9]

Sports clubs


Munich has 25 boroughs (Bezirke in German, also sometimes called districts in English).

  • Allach-Untermenzing (23)
  • Altstadt-Lehel (1)
  • Aubing-Lochhausen-Langwied (22)
  • Au-Haidhausen (5)
  • Berg am Laim (14)
  • Bogenhausen (13)
  • Feldmoching-Hasenbergl (24)
  • Hadern (20)
  • Laim (25)
  • Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt (2)
  • Maxvorstadt (3)
  • Milbertshofen-Am Hart (11)
  • Moosach (10)
  • Neuhausen-Nymphenburg (9)
  • Obergiesing (17)
  • Pasing-Obermenzing (21)
  • Ramersdorf-Perlach (16)
  • Schwabing-Freimann (12)
  • Schwabing-West (4)
  • Schwanthalerhöhe (8)
  • Sendling (6)
  • Sendling-Westpark (7)
  • Thalkirchen-Obersendling-Forstenried-Fürstenried-Solln (19)
  • Trudering-Riem (15) and
  • Untergiesing-Harlaching (18).

Colleges and universities

Munich's universities are known for their high ranking in Germany.

Sister cities

Beers from Munich


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