Useful information, Munich
You will want to explore housing options and find out about job opportunities, should you decide to study in Munich. Who can advise you and answer the questions that arise?
Turn to the Association of Student Affairs.
The STUDENTENWERK is established to provide these services for students at educational institutions throughout Munich: dining facilities, dormitory rooms, cultural exchanges, and student advising. It also offers an online housing referral service for 'off campus' placements.
Information on the site is offered in English, French and German.
Fondest memory: Studentenwerk Muenchen
American university students have the option of taking their junior year overseas.
Munich has played a part in one of the oldest Study Abroad programs available.
Since 1953 LMU has hosted American students through the Junior Year in Munich Program. As of 1975, JYM is an officially sanctioned 'discipline' within LMU, so that participating students have wide access to courses throughout the university. In other words, JYM students are fully integrated into university studies in their field while having an American academic 'base' for additional support. This includes classes to improve German language skills.
The photo was taken during the JYM 50th Anniversary Concert performed by the Munich Youth Orchestra, June 2003.
Fondest memory: The JYM Office is located at
phone: (49) 89 52 30 26 36
(behind Koenigsplatz, at Gabelsbergerstrasse)
Overseas inquiries should be addressed to
e-mail address: JYM@wayne.edu
Learning German via the total immersion method is great.
If you feel the occasional need for a break, and want to enjoy an evening watching an English language film, check this place out:
The theater offers a rotating selection of mostly current films during the week with double and triple features on Saturdays.
What a more dramatic show? There is an IMAX theatre near the Deutsches Museum, Museuminsel 1. Phone: 21.12.50.
Your hotel lobby may have it - Mike's Bikes for sure will. It's the indispendible portable guide to Munich called IN YOUR POCKET.
Priced at 3 euros it's a treasure trove of local information and area maps.
E-mail them and you may be able to order a copy before you leave home.
Web address: www.inyourpocket.com
Die Uni. (English speakers say: dee OO-nee).
Founded 20 years before Columbus set foot in America. In 1472 it was an Ingolstadt-based Jesuit institution set up by Duke Ludwig the Rich. It was moved twice and finally brought to Munich in 1826, where it has remained. It is named for its founder, Ludwig, as well as for King Maximilian who played a major role in its growth in 1800.
By 1972 LMU was the largest university in Germany. It is particularly distinguished in the fields of law, medicine, veterinary medicine and science.
Fondest memory: Main office address:
phone: (49) 89 21 800
NEWSFLASH: LMU has a cool new cafe. Look for the UNILOUNGE, under the Main Bldg.
Die Grosse Aula: the great auditorium. (The final word is pronounced: OWL-ah)
Located in the Main Bldg of LMU, the Aula was one of the few large meeting spaces that escaped major damage in the wake of WWII bomb attacks. As such, it functioned as the site for governmental reconstruction after the war. The new Bavarian Constitution was ratified here and the first freely-elected postwar Bavarian legislature met in this room.
It also served as concert hall to the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra under Wilhelm Furtwaengler in the postwar years.
Objects d'art convey the essence of the arts and sciences. The Aula is decorated with plaster placques that trace the roots of modern democracy from ancient civilizations. The artistic legacy of ancient Greece dominates the stage with large gold mosaics depicting Apollo in a blazing chariot surrounded by 4 Muses. In a nod to astronomy, the balcony houses an astrological clock that displays the constellations of the northern hemisphere.
While not generally open to the public, the Aula is on view at times when it becomes the venue for university festivities and holiday concerts.
A few stops north of Schwabing, students have their own space. The Studentenstadt (or student city) Freimann was begun in 1961.
Built by the STUDENTENWERK with funds supplied by the Max Kade Foundation (Pertussin cough syrup money) the complex was completed in the mid 1970's. It consists of a mix of high-rise and low-rise dorm buildings, as well as larger quarters for married students and families. There are cafeterias and sports facilities as well, including a nearby swimming pool.
The grounds are turned into an outdoor performance venue, when the StuStaCulum Music Festival takes place in mid June.
Fondest memory: Take the U6 to Studentenstadt stop. Cross the street from the station and head north.
We found some of the cleanest parks any place we have been in this enchanted city. Each evening folks would come out from the woodwork to stroll around or jog in the parks. It was very nice to spend some time there and the flowers smelled awesome. .
Fondest memory: As you walked by people you would always hear... "guten Abend" which means good evening and you would see a friendly smile
Favorite thing: Munich is known for beer, food and Octoberfest but there is so much more to this beautiful city and the areas surounding the town. Make sure you do more than just sit drinking beer and eating sausages. Get on the train or the bus and see what there is to see.
If you would like to know where to go for a good party, a nice restaurant, a concert, an exhibition or what's played in the theatre of Munich, buy the latest PRINZ München. In this magazine you find nearly everything you need for a nice day or evening. Issues are also offerd for following cities/ ares: Berlin, Bremen, Cologne, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Nürnberg, Ruhrgebiet, Stuttgart
Fondest memory: Here's the link for the Munich-issue:
I really love the people at the tourist info. stand in the train station. I almost always arrive in Munich without any hotel reservations and they have fixed me up right every time. Now, I am not suggesting that you not make any reservations. It's possible that I have just been lucky every time. But so far, it's worked for me.
Fondest memory: We stayed at a very small hotel near the train station, whose name I can not recall at the moment. It looked kind of seedy from the outside, but we were tired and anything was good at that point. The room was small & the bathroom was in the hallway, but when we got up for breakfast the next morning you could have knocked me over with a feather. It was huge! Bread, cheeses, meats, fruit, chocolate, cereals, you name it! We were so excited. It was very unexpected.
In front of Munich’s Frauenkirche is an excellent tactile model for visitors with eye sight problems. The model is rather large and “shows” the city from Marienplatz to Frauenkirche, up north to Theatinerkirche and Munich Residence, Viktualienmarkt and the three gates. I addition there is Braille description on almost every model.
Sadly the model is located somehow “in the shade” of town. I would have expected it to be closer to New City Hall on Marienplatz. Instead it is almost in front of Frauenkirche. Or: if one stands with the back at the door of Frauenkirche it is at approx. “2 o’clock”.
Otherwise, for travellers with handicaps see here:
Munich for travellers with handicap.
Location of Tactile model of Munich on Bing Maps.
© Ingrid D., October 2014 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.).
Here some info about Neue Pinakotheke. Nearby you'll find the Alt and Moderne Pinakotheke.
Sunday admission 1 euro. During the week 5 € (with audioguide). Closed on tuesday (how I've discovered myself! no info about this on Tourist Info Brochure...!)
If you are tired of the same old tours then you should definitely take advantage of Mike's Bikes in Munich, Germany. A professional tour guide winds a group of pedalers through the city and makes occassional stops to point out the major monuments and to explain the history of Munich. The tour also makes stops at several of Munich's famous beer gardens and the tour concludes with a visit to the famous Hofbrahaus. Even though it rained during almost all of our 3 day stay in Munich, this tour was well worth getting wet.
Fondest memory: Everyone in Munich was soooo friendly and the city itself was just a pleasure to experience. It is a much more laid back city than most cities in the United States.
Favorite thing: There is a huge and very cheap Internet-shop right at the main station - you pay DM 2,- and surf between 20 minutes and 5 houres. You can also save your unused time for later. Its name is Easy Everything