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Culture & Everyday Life


Quick Facts:

  • 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 for a meeting, an apartment viewing or a private appointment.
  • 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.

Bavarian Culture & Customs

  • While Munich is home to many Bavarian traditions, it is also quite a diverse city with 27 % of its citizens being nationals from 180 different countries.
  • 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 predominately and is rather hearty.
  • Beer garden tradition: Beer gardens are a popular meeting point for people of all ages. Traditional beer gardens 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

Everyday Life

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 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. and from 10 p.m. - 7 a.m. on weekdays, on Sundays and on public holidays

Getting around

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

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 compiled a comprehensive list.

NOTE: The most important emergency numbers:
112 - Medical emergencies, fire department
110 - Police
116 117 - Medical on-call service
089 19240 - Poisoning hotline


Leisure & Sports


Every employee and registered student of LMU Munich can participate in the wide range of classes 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

Apart from that, there are various options of being involved in sports in Munich: there are numerous gyms and yoga studios, local sports clubs (Vereine), sports classes run by the Munich adult education center (Volkshochschule), public swimming pools (DE), and fun outdoor events such as Lederhosentraining in the English Garden.

NOTE: Before signing a contract for a gym or sports club, please be aware of the terms of the contract and what happens when you move away from Munich


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

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