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Quick Facts:teaser-quickfacts

  • Munich is the state capital of the Free State of Bavaria (Freistaat Bayern) with more than 1,5 million inhabitants.
  • In general, Germans value punctuality - whether it be for a business meeting, a flat viewing or a private appointment. Within Germany, Bavarians tend to be quite open-hearted people.
  • On Sundays, shops are normally closed in Munich, apart from a few bakeries.
  • Medical care in Munich has a very high standard. The number for medical emergencies is 112.
  • Munich offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor leisure and sports activities for adults and children. Tips can be found below.

Bavarian Culture & Customs

  • Bavarians are generally quite open-hearted. Therefore, a complete stranger may approach you with the informal "Du" and a casual "Servus" (Hello). In a working environment and when dealing with authorities, the formal approach "Sie" is more appropriate.
  • Bavarian cuisine: Generally, the culinary offer in Bavarian restaurants consists of meat predominantely and is rather hearty. Please note that some restaurants only accept cash payment.
  • Beer garden tradition: Beer gardens are a popular meeting point for people of all ages. Traditional beergardens allow you to bring your own food and solely buy drinks there.
  • The traditional costumes called Dirndl (for women) and Lederhosen (for men) are not only worn at the festival called Oktoberfest. Generally, they can be worn on any day and for any special occasion such as weddings or going to church. Check the following website to get an overview of typical Bavarian traditions and customs.
  • Within Germany, Bavaria has the most public holidays.
  • If you are interested in our intercultural training "Understanding the Germans" for international researchers and their spouses please contact the LMU Gateway team.


Everyday Life in Munich

Opening hours & quiet times

  • Generally, stores in Munich are open from Monday to Saturday according to their individual opening hours. On Sundays, stores usually stay closed and only a few bakeries open.
  • The German quiet times (Ruhezeiten) within an apartment building are normally from 1pm-3pm and from 10pm-7am on weekdays, on Sundays and on public holidays.

Getting around

Please find detailed information on transportation options in and around Munich in our section Transport.

Medical Care & Emergency numbers

In order to facilitate your search for doctors in Munich, there are a few online portals that allow you to specify your search. The City of Munich has put together a list of hospitals and clinics (DE).

NOTE: It is recommended to make a doctor's appointment in advance in order to avoid long waiting times.

To find pharmacies (DE) near your home, the city of Munich has also compiled a comprehensive list.

NOTE: The most important emergency numbers:
112 - Emergency doctor, Fire brigade
110 - Police
116 117 - Medical on-call service
089 19240 - Poisoning hotline


Leisure & Sports Activities in Munich

Sports activities

  • Every employee of LMU Munich can participate in the wide range of courses offered by the University Sports Center Munich (Zentraler Hochschulsport München), which is generally a more economical alternative to a membership at one of the private sports clubs.
  • Moreover, LMU Munich has special offers for employees with cooperating partners. For more information, please contact LMU Gateway.
  • The HR Department at LMU Munich has also launched an initiative called "Gesundheit am Arbeitsplatz" (DE) to support university employees in actively managing their health.

Leisure activities

Munich is a very green city and has a lot to offer in regards to various leisure activities and recreational possibilities.

  • The City of Munich has put together an events calendar with all upcoming events.
  • For detailed information regarding art & culture, sightseeing and leisure activities, please contact LMU Gateway and we will provide you with tips and links.


Information for Familiesteaser-families

  • Overview of the Bavarian school holidays 2019/2020.
  • The city of Munich has put together a list of hospitals and clinics in Munich, including children's clinics.
  • Leisure activities for children: There are a lot of offers for families in Munich. The city of Munich has also set up an official online children's portal called Pomki (DE). Please contact LMU Gateway for more information on children's activities in Munich.


Our Serviceteaser-ourservice

LMU Gateway is here to support you with questions you may have regarding culture and everyday life in Munich. This is how we can support you:

  • Providing you with information on cultural aspects and traditions in Bavaria and Munich.
  • Introducing you to sights and events in Munich, for more information please see our section LMU Gateway Events.
  • Information on special offers/benefits for LMU Munich employees.
  • Guidance on how to find a doctor that speaks your language and further information on medical care.
  • More detailed information on leisure and sports activities in Munich for you (and your family).


Useful Linksteaser-usefullinks

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